Falls of Rauros, simply known as FoR to their fans, have always been an eclectic American black metal, but with the release of The Light that Dwells in Rotten Wood, their progressiveness is now worlds beyond what I ever thought would come out of them. With a somewhat droning, melodic black metal sound, Falls of Rauros hits all of your senses with their latest release.
The Light that Dwells in Rotten Wood is an aural masterpiece that takes your moods from mellow and melodic to fits of anger with their distorted segments. The melodic segments are hypnotic and well thought out while the heavy moments are just pure anger released into your soul.
With only 6 tracks to the album, each track better well be worth it, and I can tell you that they are. Even Nonesuch River Chant, coming in at a minute and a half blends itself to the rest of the album and feels like it belongs instead of feeling like filler.
Kudos to Falls of Rauros for releasing one of my favorite black metal albums of the year. While I like my black metal pure and droning, I can appreciate what Falls of Rauros has done on this one and am happy to recommend it to any metal fan.