Maine’s folk black metal band Falls Of Rauros takes many musical inspirations for their compositions with the lyricism reflecting on nature, misanthropy, uncertainty and anarchism. Three years later through Blindrune Recordings we have the latest chapter from the band titled Vigilance Perennial. Clocking in around approximately 44 minutes in duration and consists of five tracks, Vilgilance Perennial incorporated progressiveness, Cascadian black metal inspired instrumentals and established a naturalistic expression to see where their taking the music to whole new spiritual level. Musically, it maintained the raw, comfortably crafted ambience and the atmospheric passages have been significantly increased as the progression from the album flourishes to breakthrough the creativity these musicians deliver surrounding themselves into a wild imagination.
Musically, Vilgilance Perennial takes the most claustrophobic effectiveness while retaining a more sporadic approach specifically on the opening track White Granite and the jaw-dropping instrumental Warm Quiet Centuries of Rains bring out rebellious riffs, isolated drum performances, cavernous bass work and maddening vocal work adds more flair and contrast to the album’s beautiful presentation. This is a album portraying a story about J.R.R. Tolkien’s iconic franchise for Lord Of The Rings that surrounds a scenery to capture the beautiful essences for both black and folk metal to combine two genres into one cinematic and engaging listening experience. If you’re fans of Agalloch, Wolves In The Throne Room, Drudkh and Panopticon with wonderfully arranged musicality and incredible story-telling lyricism, Falls Of Rauros’s Vilgilance Perennial is a fresh intake for extreme music and deserves your time to hear amazing sculptures of art.
Overall Score: 8.5/10
Review by Jake Butler