Elegeia is one the best post-rock/post-metal albums of 2016. Eligeia shows off a dark, compelling, massive and energetic masterpiece unfolding to an uplifting and fulfilling finale.
First time I stumbled over Faltre, was, when listening to ‘A Thousand Arms’ compilation ‘Open Language Vol. II – Side B’ that I have also reviewed here. Faltre was my favourite song on this compilation and as a consequence I had to listen to their full album ‘Elegeia’ and I don’t regret that. Elegeia is a 6 song masterpiece in post-rock/post-metal/math. Every song on the album is showing off diversity, versatility, haunting melodies, mastodonic walls of sound, dissonant guitar flows and just keeps the listener caught in the maelstrom.
The flow of the album is very convincing, as you travel further and further into the universe of Faltre’s sounds. Guitars are beautifully mending and mingling melodies all the way through the venture into the despair and the darkness that Elegeia conjures.
Faltre reminds me a bit of belgian Terraformer, but Faltre has a bit more extensive details in their soundscapes. I really enjoy that. At some parts I also hear Russian Circles and Cult Of Luna as well.
Though the album has it’s very dark parts in the first 4 songs, the last 2 songs transforms Elegeia to a more uplifting classic post-rock album.
A Journey through despair and darkness
Failure is an Orphan starts off Elegeia most effectively with a guitarwall and shortly a break down into wonderful guitar melodies and harmonies that floats into dissonant offsprings. When everything comes together again it roars and breaks and screams out loud. Chaotic and innovative with several math influences. After a short bass and drum interlude, a part with guitar harmonics fill up the picture accompanied by cool bass melodies and everything ends violent and noisy. Good start.
The Bearer and the Witness is just as massive. Could have been an opener for a Russian Circles tune also. Sounds great.
When the song intensifies after a short while, I hear something that reminds me a bit of Swedish Cult Of Luna, again very effective. After approx 3 minutes the song quiets down to guitar harmonies and bass hooks, it’s quite catchy and the dissonant scales of the guitar suits fine with those bass hooks. Although the bass at a very few moments is a tad too funky for my taste, that’s just me, others wouldn’t notice I’m pretty sure.
The power of this song really lies within the dissonance combined with the minor chords. Very satisfying to listen to. In the last part we have some of the bass melodic work again, it’s nice for once to have a band that also gives room for this. This song never stops to amaze.
Riven is really a small masterpiece. I reviewed this song as part of the Open Language compilation here. I love the tapping in this song.
A Gentle Thief continues the album beautifully, with bass melody and drilling guitars, having the drums slowly supporting. When guitar melodies starts, it’s accompanied by goosebumps on my arm. It sounds so good. The harmonies between guitars and bass are just beautiful. Will the guitars ever find the way out of the maze, they build up. After approximately 8 minutes og guitar spiderwebs, the song changes character and reminds a bit of something that could have been recorded by swedish Jeniferever, although with more balls.
And Into The Light
…Searching for Solitude starts with a guitar riff that is the same as the opener ‘Failure is an Orphan’, wonder why ?.
No matter what, it sounds awesome, and the song changes to different directions. Very engaging, specially because the riff evolves as the song progress. When drilling guitars arrive, along with a more staccato like drive, it’s a slice of the universe, reaching out for the stars. One of the more uplifting songs on ‘Elegeia’. I enjoy the way the song ends with bitcrushing the whole sound of the guitars and bass. Nice one. Still wondering a bit though, what the idea is with the same guitars as in Failure is an Orphan.
Last song ‘Sea of Blossom’ is one long song !. Approx 18 minutes. I think this song is quite different from the other songs on the album, and definitely the most post-rock anthem of this album. It is in many ways classic post rock, with the build ups, the quiet parts, the noisy parts and all delivered with an open uplifting atmosphere, that mostly reminds me of bands like Explosions In The Sky, Caspian, Mogwai and similar artists. Sea of Blossom is a great song, but in my opinion the weakest song on Elegeia.
Where the rest of the songs embraces darkness and complex structures, this is way more straightforward, and it feels slightly misplaced on the album. I’m curious if this is one of their first songs they wrote for the album or one of the last. It’s high quality, but just not as high quality as the rest.
All in all, Elegeia is a dark, compelling, massive and energetic masterpiece, played with surplus. But not only darkness flows from the album. Also brighter and more uplifting moments draws a picture of a fulfilling album.
A small word on production. Elegeia has a broad punchy sound which fit the universe extremely good. But the kick drum suffers a bit from overcompression I think, specially in quieter passages.
Keep up the good work, please tour and please let us have more music from your hands.
The album as a whole is one big highlight for me. From start until end. No misses.
Listen to the full album here
And order it right away from Dingleberry Records.