This is Falls of Rauros's third full length album and by far the most impressive release that they have put out. While the production quality still maintains vestiges of amateurism (befitting the howling vocals and reverb-heavy guitars), the songwriting itself renders the album capable of sitting among some of North America's and Europe's greater black/folk masterpieces. The Light That Dwells in Rotten Wood contains three lengthy black metal songs spaced apart by acoustic passages. If you haven’t got enough of albums in this vein, please do check out The Light That Dwells in Rotten Wood because it is indeed very well done.
Having an album artwork that resembles that of bands like Shroud of Despondency has certainly helped to pique my interest in the music, being a fan of the aforementioned band, and once the album starts playing, it is comforting that Falls of Rauros does not disappoint. Right from the opening track Earth's Old Timid Grace, the prominence and importance of acoustic instruments such as the acoustic guitars in the music as per many folk metal bands, is evident. The chords played on the acoustic guitars, accompanied by the slow pace of the drums and the eventual introduction of a melodic lead.
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Falls of Rauros returns with 44 minutes of melancholic atmosphere and soaring melodies. The Light that Dwells in Rotten Wood takes the sound that they established with Hail Wind and Hewn Oak and expands into an even more relaxed and contemplative mood, lamenting over a land scape cast aside and the spirit of wildness lost. A record for autumn grey and bleak winter days. This re-issue comes with new and updated artwork.
Comparatively, everything Falls of Rauros have done here exceeds their previous releases. The production is clear and audible, allowing the bass to be felt and the acoustic passages to be warm and sorrowful. The clear division between melody and intensity found previously on Into the Archaic or Hail Wind and Hewn Oak is fused together here in a way that makes transitions between the two flowing and smooth; indeed each element is absolutely critical to the success of the record as a whole. Purists will hate it, undoubtedly, but the style and aura coupled with the execution will keep me coming back to The Light that Dwells in Rotten Wood for quite a while. And that, really, is the only test that has merit down the road.