Let Them Fall – Woftales

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label URL: https://antigonyrecords.bandcamp.com
Released: 2018
Buy Album [URL]: https://antigonyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/wolftales-cd-digital
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/letthemfallband/

Band line-up:

Rita D’aniello
Gabriele Catoni 
Mattia Detti
Marco Manus
MarioSOS Spatuzzi

Tracklisting:

1 – The Wolf
2 – Mjolnir
3 – Fenrir
4 – Jormund
5 – Wintersun
6 – The Tales
7 – Midgard
8 – Skoll
9 – Wildfire
10 – Gathering

Review:

Let Them Fall are one of the more interesting metalcore bands from Italy. They released their first full length effort ‘Wolftales’ on March 9th, through Antigony Records and it is currently available on the label’s Bandcamp page. The band has said the following: ‘The themes on the album are similar to those of our previous material. We talk about self-improvement and many of our songs aim to provide a motivational discourse for those people who are trying to find to their place in the world’. The musicians also claim that they have also drawn inspiration from Nordic mythology.

Self-improvement and Nordic mythology? Whilst seemingly two randomly connected ideas, they do make sense. That is because the music here is superior to many of the band’s contemporaries; the instrumentation which is often partly orchestral is far more advanced than just power chords. The guitar parts have much more to them than single or double note ideas and there is a satisfying mixture of the clean and distorted. Blast beats aren’t overused and their applications add genuine excitement to the sound, rather than them being ‘just other drum loops’. As Norse Gods are often associated with power and destruction, it’s totally logical when their legends are combined with the music, here. These are at times the kinds of tunes Odin listen to. As much of the material is mellow, (the kind of ideas Goddess of love Frigg listens to, if you will) that only makes the heavier, down-tuned, super tight (if perhaps too tight and mechanical for some) stuff even more brutal.

Despite all of those pros, the occasional guitar chugging patterns locked in with the drums and in particular the bass drum are more than cliched. However, there is at least some creativity when it comes to the rhythms, there, but arguably not enough. Certainly don’t expect anything like the sophisticated polymeters of Meshuggah, though to be fair, much of the six string’s range is taken advantage of throughout the music, adding varying levels of intelligence. It’s not all palm muted attacks, even in the breakdown-like places just described. Annoyingly, the screaming that is frequently heard lacks any kind of originality. Thankfully, more characterful and well performed clean singing is just as prominent. The latter is more on the dreamy and surreal side rather than the aggressive, which again provides intriguing diversity.

In conclusion, LTF have written more adventurous metalcore than most, however their shouts and sometimes their machine gun rhythms add nothing new to the genre whatsoever. Not even a little bit. The production lacks a human touch and is extremely polished, for better or worse. (Quite likely the worse). The vocal melodies and riffs are perfectly musical, but aren’t particularly memorable and lack originality. On the plus side, there is surely nothing on the LP that will alienate any MC fans, but it would have been better if more risks were taken. Definitely give it a listen!

Review by Simon Wiedemann
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