STILL FALLING – FREE OF AVIDYA
An important overall characteristic of the emerging Greek metal scene is, in my opinion, the way it assimilates and develops musical forms that were initially developed abroad. Though usually the “hellenization” of external elements is tragic, fortunately for the music we like, this is not the case. A very good example of this, are the Athenians prog/deathsters Still Falling. Three years after the great “The Three Suns” ep, the act returns with their first full-length album titled “Free of Avidya“, which was self-released on July 16.
The diligent study of bands like Meshuggah, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Job For a Cowboy and three years of hard both in terms of technical performance and originality, at least as far as the local scene is concerned. The band combines skillfully, groove with prog/math elements, while at the same time building an impressive atmosphere in each song. Especially in terms of atmosphere, there is an essential contribution by the two instrumental tracks, “The Trial” and “Into Ahimsa” with the first being an ingenious concept and the second reminding of good old Gojira. The album’s structure is based on the combination of brilliant and elaborate riffs, progressive drumming and core-like brutal vocals, with the latter sporadically and aptly giving their place to clean vocals. “Illusion of Possession” could well be included in a release by Mesuggah, while “Drought” and “Flood” demonstrate the compositional abilities of the band. The fans of progressive metal find a permanent addition to their playlist, in “The Dance of the Eternal”. Lyrically, the album deals with the existential realm and human consciousness, with references to Hindu philosophy. We should also note that the very nice album cover is the work of Melina Mosland.
In total, we have 10 very powerful songs and an album that solidifies Still Falling‘s place in the local metal scene, while giving them the necessary credentials to turn their gaze abroad. We expect “Free of Avidya”‘s successor with great interest. Recommended especially for the fans of Meshuggah, Fallujah, Gojira etc.