Though its all we've got, I've often felt like using words to describe music is pointless. Its like painting basketballs about divorce. I can tell you what an incredible album this is until I am blue in the face but my words have little ability to accurately portray the power that these songs hold. I have probably listened to the album 25 times since I got it last week and I though I've had so many of the different parts swimming about my head every second that I haven't been listening to it, it still sounds like the first time I heard it. Its IMPOSSIBLE to get sick of this. There is an instrumental section at the end of the song "Spectral Eyes" that is an apex. A section so brilliant that it makes everything I've ever done as a fan of this music seem entirely worthwhile because it brought me to the point of being able to understand, appreciate and be in awe of what went into what I'm hearing.
In comparison to past work, this album in particular is a lot more down to earth as far as the production is concerned. I cant say I have ever heard any other album sound like this. The overall timbre of the instruments in unison is somewhat drab and pallid, it all feels very...within reach and real. This lends to it being a very intimate and personal sounding record, it also serves to highlight the ornate and lush musicality found on the record by starkly contrasting it. To even further deliver the realness, this album sounds extremely well rehearsed and live, I cant imagine they spent much time doing punch-ins or edits. Stylistically speaking, this record is a long progression from a foundation that is black metal, this album is barely black metal by definition. The guitar playing, the bass playing, and drums are teeming with influences ranging from 70's rock & country to modern post rock and a moderate amount of other US black metal. Even further removed from this album are other typical elements of your average metal album of today such as barbarity, anger, or really any dark subject matter in general. Falls of Rauros needn't bother themselves with any of that posturing because they clearly focus on being one thing: GREAT.