The Black Fall are a Dutch band who are fairly adept at playing but on their debut album “The Time Traveler,” they lack anything to set themselves apart from…well, anyone. The band try to walk the line between prog rock and prog metal, which is fine except that the songs feel like they should be heavier than they are. They lack the punch needed and they also lack the hooks to keep things interesting.
The relentless “Modern Day Slave” almost works but the riffs need to be thicker. To make matters worse for me, the vocals tend to be a bit flat not only on this track but really throughout. While I appreciate that The Black Fall definitely give it 100%, there’s just not enough to keep me interested for 44 minutes.
In some ways, The Black Fall sound like an alt-rock band trying their hand at prog metal. Maybe they should pursue a more avant-garde approach. At times they ALMOST veer toward Converge but shy away from that sort of insane abandon. At the end of the day, “The Time Traveler” does little traveling and my mind tends to think about what time the album will end! Sorry.
1. Treshold of Love and Death
2. Sonmi 4.5.1.
3. Modern Day Slave
4. The Time Traveler