The title of this record, A Place I Don’t Belong To, is something that many of us feel on our skin and inside our skin. That feeling of being in a place, or rather, inside a life that does not belong to them and of never finding a home: all that is inside this record and it goes even further, thanks to the splendid post black metal of Falaise, a duo from Todi. Everything here is aimed to excite and amaze in the sense that these words had in the classical world, that is, to marvel in a profound way. There are moments, such as in the final track Leaves In The Wind, but one could mention many others, that are of absolute value, in which one would like to run screaming through meadows in the rain, roll into some other life, close one’s eyes and that’s it. A record that is a child of the pain of living and having something you really do not belong to, but out of that can come an album like this, a container of absolutely valuable and highly original post black metal. Falaise have been active since 2015 and have always produced good quality stuff, starting from black metal and going on to accomplish a very original and beautiful synthesis of post black metal. This subgenre has advanced a lot in recent years thanks to very good bands, but Falaise are on another level. In their musical proposal black metal is still very present, the songs are constructed with a neo-classical approach, and there are also elements of many other genres, such as shoegaze, symphonic metal, and more. All these different musical codes are used, along with a growl vocal, to take the listener up, to make him daydream, but perhaps it is better to close them to dream louder. There is no best song as there are no fillers, everything here flows to stick in the memory: there are moments very close to more traditional black, also because Falaise play with the guitar, while the drums are sublime and are a supporting element. Fury, stasis, ecstasy, weeping and wonder, for a record that one would never want to stop listening to, being drawn into something very intimate, poignant and solipsistic. A record to open your arms to and surrender to completely. (M.Argo – MetalEyes 23/4/2019)
2019 – A Sad Sadness Song / Aeternitas Tenebrarum Musicae Fundamentum 2021 – Goat Room Productions
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