Fall of Atlas EP
Released 17th January 2014
Symphonic Death/ Black Metal
Released via: Eternal Sound Records
‘Fall of Atlas’ is the first EP from the Finnish symphonic black metal band Whorion. The band was originally formed back in 2009. They describe their style as “brutal” and “symphonic”, creating a feeling of listener being “sucked into a dark matter of space, slowly waiting for the world’s end”.
So here it is, my first review in the new year. The terms “brutal” and “symphonic” don’t usually mix as far as extreme metal is concerned, so I’m a little intrigued as to how this combination could work… The opener Great Mass Suicide definitely fits the “symphonic black metal” -bracket. Comparisons to mid-career Dimmu Borgir spring to mind, though this also features death metal -style growls and guitar patterns. The Dimmu Borgir elements are present in the orchestral style synth melodies and vocal samples particularly audible on tracks such as Vortex of The Dead. By the time this second track comes on, the vocal style seems to have switched completely moving away from growling towards a more black metal sounding screaming or shouting.
One thing which spoils the effect is the use of the stop-start guitar technique and the somewhat odd-sounding vocals which seem to vary in style depending on the song. Sadly it is the title track which embodies all these problems offering a bizarre mix of technical guitar patterns, brutal blackened death metal and symphonic, orchestral style synths. The result is a rather confusing mess that leaves the listener hanging, and you are not quite sure where this is heading.
Symphonic, brutal and technical? Yeah, I still don’t quite get it.