FALLUJAH — Undying Light (review)

FALLUJAH — Undying Light album cover Album · 2019 · Technical Death Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3/5 ·
UMUR
"Undying Light" is the 4th full-length studio album by US, California based metal act Fallujah. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in March 2019. It´s the successor to "Dreamless" from 2016 and features two lineup changes since the predecessor as guitarist Brian James has left (and hasn´t been replaced making Fallujah a four-piece on this release), and lead vocalist Alex Hofmann who has been replaced by Antonio Palermo.

Fallujah have changed their style a lot over the years, starting out a technical deathcore act and later shifting to an atmospheric technical/progressive death metal style, and "Undying Light" sees Fallujah changing things again. With Palermo on board the vocal style is now fully fledged aggressive metalcore screaming, and there are no traces of the band´s deathcore/death metal past in the vocals anymore. While the music still features heavy riffs and rhythms, there is also very little in the instrumental department of the album which reveal Fallujah´s deathcore/death metal beginnings. The music is now best described as atmospheric metalcore with heavy angular riffs. The only trace of death metal is the melodic death metal riff featured on "Sanctuary".

The band are well playing and the sound production is clear, professional, and detailed, so on most parameters "Undying Light" is a quality release. The songwriting is very generic though. There´s nothing on this album you haven´t heard before, and unfortunately also heard better. Some of Fallujah´s past releases have been pretty intriguing combinations of atmosphere and heaviness, but this time around the band haven´t managed to produce enough memorable riffs and vocal hooks for the material to stick. Upon conclusion "Undying Light" isn´t a terrible release, but it´s not a particularly remarkable one either. A 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.
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UMUR wrote:
5 months ago
That´s why it´s a big disappointment the route they´ve chosen on this one. The last couple of releases where indeed quite intriguing.
siLLy puPPy wrote:
6 months ago
Bummer. Sounds like this band is finished. Loved the last couple albums a lot.
UMUR wrote:
6 months ago
Yeah I didn´t enjoy this one at all either.
DippoMagoo wrote:
6 months ago
As a fan of their previous albums, I found this album to be absolute torture, and barely even survived a single listen. The new vocalist completely kills it, for me, as he's so obnoxious and irritating, and he's so high in the mix and so constant, it takes me away from the music. Even with the previous vocalist, the songs would probably still feel a bit empty compared to their past works. A huge disappointment.

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