Friday, February 14, 2014

Amoral "Fallen Leaves and Dead Sparrows"

Country: Finland
Sub GenreProgressive Metal
LabelImperial Cassette
Release dateFebruary 14, 2014 (Finland), March 31, 2014 (Europe)
01. On The Other Side Pt. I (7:14)
02. No Familiar Faces (4:07)
03. Prolong A Stay (7:39)
04. Blueprints (4:20)
05. If Not Here, Where? (9:15)
06. The Storm Arrives (6:25)
07. See This Through (6:39)
08. On The Other Side Pt. II (9:14)

Ari Koivunen - vocals
Ben Varon - lead, rhythm & acoustic guitars, backing vocals
Juhana Karlsson - drums
Masi Hukari - lead & rhythm guitars, keyboards
Pekka Johansson - bass

With their third album Fallen Leaves and Dead Sparrows we see them take a much more mature approach to their music while still adapting a wide variety of styles. Even the album cover has become much more artistic. The opening track On the Other Side Part 1, which clocks in at over 7 minutes, starts off with some almost metalcore sounding melodic riffs before kicking off the vocals. A slower paced song, but from the beginning we can tell how much Ari’s voice has matured. At times he sounds very close to Michael Eriksen of Circus Maximus. In fact this song sounds like something that would have been on their album Nine. Their lyrics to this have also progressed greatly from previous albums. This is essentially a song about regret over things done wrong and hoping for second chances. The guitar solo to this song is absolutely phenomenal, extremely melodic and musically technical without being too overbearing and off putting. The track ends with one of Ari’s highest notes in the entire song and back into the intro riff. Easily one of the best tracks on the album.
 Read the full review by Adam Phillips at themetalpit.net


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