Album Title: Falling Sky
Label: Decius Productions
This is the second full-length album from Myrddraal, an Australian band playing fast black metal.
In my review of Myrddraal's first album, I wrote that it was great, but there was room for improvement. Well, wait no longer, because "Falling Sky" is that improvement. This band sounds as if it's undergone a major upgrade in both songwriting and musicianship. The guitar playing is much tighter, and the riffs themselves are highly original. The drums sound better, too, especially the cymbal. The snarled vocal style that was put to such good use on "Blood on the Mountain" has been perfected here, and the clean vocals that were a bit weak on that album are much improved, as well. The ending of "Live by the Sword" is a perfect example. It's one of the best moments on the album, in part because of the clean vocals!
The lyrics deserve special mention. It's rare to see a black metal band with rhyming lyrics, and rarer still to find one with intelligent concepts behind the words. Myrddraal is both at the same time, and that's something truly surprising. Both vocal styles are quite understandable, which allows even the casual listener to enjoy the lyrics.
It doesn't get much better than this. "Falling Sky" is an excellent release, and a fitting epitaph for Decius Productions. "Pernicious Melioration", indeed! Highly recommended.
Standout Tracks: "Immolation", "Die by the Sword", "Pernicious Melioration Part One"