The Fallen Prophets – No End in Sight

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/label URL: https://www.facebook.com/MMD.Records/
Released: 2020
Buy Album: https://www.amazon.co.uk/End-Sight-Explicit-Fallen-Prophets/dp/B08LKJSZ9D/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+fallen+prophets+no+end+in+sight&qid=1604161201&sr=8-1
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/the.fallen.prophets.band/

Band Line-up:

Wian Bester – Bass
Dylan Haupt – Drums
Pieter Pieterse – Guitars, Vocals
Francois van der Merwe – Guitars, Vocals (backing)

Tracklisting:

1. Dead But Still Alive(feat. Kriss Xen of Vulvodynia)
2. Killing the Last Savior
3. The Beast (feat. Justen Hosken)
4. Believe (feat. Ivan Meathook of Blood Red Throne)
5. No End In Sight (feat. Oliver Saggerson of Bulletscript)
6. Deception (bonus track feat. Warzy)

 

 

Review:

The Fallen Prophets are a South African brutal death metal band on MMD Records. They will be releasing their EP ‘No End In Sight’ on 11th December, 2020. It was designed to take the group to a new level of composition, and attempts to incorporate new styles and influences. Opening track ‘Dead But Still Alive’ fuses black metal melodies into a Benighted style, whereas ‘The Beast’ brings to mind later period Black Dahlia Murder. The release is packed with lead guitar parts from guest musicians, each one intended to be the most technically impressive. Fans of Cattle Decapitation and Aborted should appreciate this. 

Whilst the guitar solos are real highlights that are virtuosic yet tasteful and creative, the same often can’t be said for the mostly generic riffs – ideas that should be the backbone of this form of music. Tracks 1 and 2 almost have the exact same ideas in places and even they are somewhat of a cliche. They’re just simple 3 chord chromatic patterns. You could say the latter of the two songs was a development of the first, but as this isn’t a prog album that idea is a little strange. Most riffs are more creative than the ones just mentioned, but certainly don’t expect anything groundbreaking despite the apparent fusing of styles. 

Sure the music is adrenaline pumping and wild and the drumming is totally insane, but that’s not too much of a surprise as death metal is wild and crazy almost by definition. Do TFP stand out as particularly extreme? Not really, so again the music is far from anything to be excited about. On the plus side, this album is crammed with tons of guitar riffs, as unadventurous as they may be, the songs have hard to predict structures and massively contrasting tempo changes are frequent. Again, not exactly groundbreaking, but it is fun if you don’t take life too seriously. 

In conclusion, there are some highlights to this album, but unfortunately they’re mostly from the guest musicians and their shred solos. It seems the songwriting wasn’t as well thought out. However, even the lead parts are very similar to each other, despite the fact they come from five different people. To my ear, it sounds like there were just two guest appearances but that’s to be expected as few axeman have unique sounds. Furthermore all songs are similar to each other. There are subtle differences, but only hardened veterans would be able to spot them. An average release.

Review by Simon Wiedemann
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