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Thursday, December 20, 2012
October Falls - Marras
Dark Horizon Records, 2005
1. Marras I
2. Marras II
3. Marras III
4. Marras IV
5. Marras V
6. Marras VI
7. Marras VII
8. Marras VIII
Since we predominantly cater to metal
here, I’m going to say this flat out: this is not a metal release by any
means. This is OctoberFalls’
follow up to their debut album “Tuoni” and by any indication of this album I
can see why it procured them an immediate signing to Dark Horizons.
“Marras” holds within it some of the most
luscious and beautiful acoustic passages to don the title of music. Judging by the album cover and the pictures
throughout the package, I would say M. Lehto is highly inspired by nature and
his surroundings in Finland. “Marras” is simply a superb representation of
such natural atmospheres. This is
primarily an acoustic guitar based album, which brings the listener through so
many wonderful atmospheres. Throughout
every track there are two guitar passages carefully interlaced between each
other, fading in and out of each others harmonies. This presents a wonderful grandiose scope to the
albums atmosphere as if one is viewing the sight’s M. Lehto sees when being inspired. However, in “Marras 7” M. Lehto Brings us
through a wonderfully beautiful piano concerto.
As if the piano and guitar renditions weren’t already enthralling enough
for the listener, M. Lehto has flute accompaniment in many of the tracks
featured throughout the album.
Considering the amount of influence nature seems to have in the layout
and design of the album, it doesn’t take a frontal role in the music, meaning
there is basically no nature samples found within.
Despite what people seem to be
attributing to this album as being a comparison to Ulver’s “Kveldssanger,” I
think that is slightly misleading in my opinion. While “Marras” can attribute itself to Folk
oriented elements, frankly the compositions have too much of a modern
presentation and approach most of the time.
“Kveldsssanger” had much more of an orthodox Folk approach to its
design. Furthermore, the most obvious
difference is that “Marras” is an all instrumental composition whereas Ulver
also features the vocal work of Garm.
I simply can’t say enough good things
about this release. It’s beautiful, it’s
passionate, it’s relaxing and it’s a journey to get lost in. For those out there who enjoy these kinds of
effects from your music OctoberFalls will supply every
need you can muster in that respect, you will find nothing lacking.