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I Shalt Become
In the Falling Snow

Company: No Colours
Release: 2008
Reviewer: Al Kikuras
Genre: Black

  • His heart is off in the cold forests someplace on the Scandinavian peninsula



  • Lo-fi black metal with keyboards, trebly production, and vocals that sound like the chemotherapy isn't working. It's easy to get caught up in records like this. Black and white layout, minimalist sound and aesthetics. Yes, ladies and gents, it's a one-man black metal band, this time from the USA (Illinois to be exact) but it certainly sounds like while is body may be in the US and A, his heart is off in the cold forests someplace on the Scandinavian peninsula. Think Judas Iscariot (and yes, I know JI is a US band as well). Burzum. Inquisition. Disgusting. Vile. Nothing we haven't heard before, but that doesn't mean it's something we don't mind hearing more of, does it?

    Like someone scraped all the dried blood and bile off the mortician's table and mixed it with tears and piss, then poured that over a flat screen TV and then made you sit and watch E. Elias Merhige's Begotten. In the Falling Snow could be to Begotten what Dark Side of the Moon is to The Wizard of Oz. In this case, no coincidences or "things that make you go hmmm," but just a record and movie that match moods and feel and, like peanut butter and chocolate, go great together. Don't believe me? Buy the CD, put it on, and go watch this: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7973225371449473825



    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    Al Kikuras9/8/2008


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