Bringing an amalgamation of soundscapes, melodies and thick riffs, Fall Of Messiah have earned much acclaim over the last few years, and we arrive at their third full-length effort, ‘Senicarne’.
‘La Republique Du Vide’ has an invigorating percussion-led intro, before it builds into life. Imagine Thrice and Alcest playing together and you’re not too far off what’s on show here.
‘Contreforts’ has another invigorating intro, with expertly delivered light and shade. The vocals are certainly used sparingly, and some may argue that they could be used more often, given the richness of the musical backing, but the fact that they’re used sparingly undoubtedly makes them a great deal more impactful when they do come in.
‘Riveloup’ also has a striking ending. What’s notable about this album is that a lot gets done in a short space of time, there’s no sense of things dragging on and staying locked into the same grooves for a long time, which can often be a pitfall of this kind of music.
‘Verts Vignes’ is one of the strongest tracks, though. Starting off sparsely, it’s a slower build, but surely enough, the impassioned screamed vocals make their way back into proceedings. The whole record flows very smoothly in general, and, before you know it, we’re already a significant portion of the way through the album.
‘Young Pines’ has a noodly riff which actually serves the song’s purpose, rather than being there for the sake of it, and the off-kilter drum rhythms make for some unpredictability. You never quite know what’s going to happen next.
‘Atlantique’ is the bet offering of the band’s more soundscape-y, ethereal sections, almost taking you into a trance. While this album undoubtedly delivers in its more intense passages, the fact that there’s also a real calming quality is certainly impressive.
Because of the lack of vocals in some places, you may have to sharpen your focus for much of the album, but when you do, the rewards are there to be reaped. The standard has been set insanely high for post-metal in recent years, but with that in mind, ‘Senicarne’ is a very commendable effort indeed.