Fallen Souls - "Prepare to War" EP 2019 [6/10]

After a long silence Fallen Souls returns with a new attack of dark and violent black metal in the same vein of their previous releases, now with William Estupinián doing all the instruments and vocals. The tape version was edited by Seol Productions limited to 100 copies.

Previously unpublished, these 4 tracks show -according to Warwick- "the natural evolution in the sound" of the band, something with which I agree if we see it in perspective compared to the band’s previous productions.

The lyrics have interesting sections, the composition in English can be improved, as some sentences make little sense. Congruence between guitar and bass strings is overwhelming and well harmonized, riffs are well defined and easy to follow and appreciate. The rhythmic part is devastating and the sinister vocal performance creates a darker atmosphere by leaning towards a lower pitch than used to in black metal, still being intelligible among the chaos. A basic speaker set could prioritize high frequencies limiting the real music's sound due to the raw production used in the genre and by the band in particular.

A full lenght with the same musical intensity on this EP may be too much for most listeners but I still want more, after listening to this short album I'm under the impression that tracks have been cut short on purpose. Being this a sample of what comes in the future as the cassette version booklet states, this album meets the expectations for that purpose, as a standalone production it’s incomplete and way too short.