Sunday, August 14, 2011


Lo and behold, another promising young black metal band pushed into the limelight by our friends at Gilead Media and Howling Mine. If Fell Voices, Krallice, Ash Borer or Barghest don't ring a bell than you've got your day set for you.

False's ferocious, non-stop, high stake style of playing paired together with omnipresent vocals and unexpected, but strangely welcomed synth accompaniments round out False's unique sound. While the two songs span roughly 25minutes, it's unfair to compare them to bands such as Wolves in the Throne Room, Fell Voices, or Leech. Instead, False employs what I can only think of describing as "upbeat" melodies (see the beginning of "Key of Passive Suffering"). Furthermore, unlike other long-song black metal bands, False doesn't rely on atmosphere and repetition, but rather impact and melody. Taken from Gilead despot Adam,

"I first heard about FALSE while sitting around a coffee house in Madison, WI with Bryan and Andy from Thou. They had just played Minneapolis the night prior, where FALSE closer[sic] the show, and everyone in Thou was entirely and completely blown away by how intense and relentless FALSE were live. Just going off their description & the obvious impact left upon them, I knew I had to hear FALSE immediately." 

Relentless would probably the best adjective to describe False as the two songs don't skip a beat in transition and even the slow(er) parts of the songs surge with such urgency it's easy to take the guys from Thou at their word. And while this is all true, there's something that doesn't quite sit right with me. 

I can't pinpoint exactly what it is, but I'm not a fan of the vocals.It might be the tonality or delivery of them, but for whatever reason I can't get into them. Beyond that, my other complaint lies in the cheesy at times synth effects. Throughout "The Key of Passive Suffering" they feel a bit too over the top and flounder in a middle ground of not quite symphonic black metal. That said, everything seems to click perfectly in "Sleepmaker" where the keys sound a bit more subdued and less over the top.

Listen to the full b-side which is streaming at NPR 

Limited shirt printed by Adam of Gilead Media to go with your new LP. Looks beautiful.
Pre-orders up over at Gilead, as well as all the awesome merch we've come to expect to be spoiled with from the label. 

Krallice- "Untitled"2009

There's something in the drinking water of Gilead. With 3 black metal albums released in the pass year simply called "Untitled" and the Krallice repress done in '09 by the same name. Also note the similar covers.

Parting words from the band about themselves and their sound.
"Black Metal for post-apocalyptic desolation. Reject the promise of progress and the encompassing void that constitutes fulfillment. Solace in desecration."


Andrew Childers said...

npr... streaming black metal albums.... so confused.

Perpetual Strife said...

I know, not a shitty job either. They've been a good source for info on select metal acts.

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