A lengthy hike in the forest has the potential to enchant and terrify. Scenery blends into a comforting and stunning array of landmarks and natural treasures that stir deep emotions and open a direct link to something far more spiritual than ones often mundane routine. The uncertainty and fear of ones surroundings mounts when the realization hits that you have become lost in the wilderness. The landscapes become unrecognizable, cold and threatening. Darkness falls. Alone. The music of Falls of Rauros encompasses such a trek through untamed lands. With a world building atmosphere emitting from the core of their sound, beauty, mysticism and an unsettling edge are all key factors to this bands stunning form of folk influenced black metal. With “The light that Dwells in Rotten Wood”, the bands evolution has reached a powerful zenith of creativity and raw passion.
It has been a journey…
Falls of Rauros formed in late 2005 and at the time was composed of Ray and Aaron. The band partially wrote, partially improvised demo songs in a shack in their home town of Portland, Maine between November 2005 and May 2006. This became the self-released "Into the Archaic" album which was released as an extremely limited run in June 2006, yet successfully launched what would become a musical journey rich in emotive and woodland/folk charged black metal. Shortly thereafter Falls added 2 members, Jordan and Kevin, in order to write music as a unit and begin playing live shows. In early 2007, the "Of Stone and the Stars in the Sky" demo was completed which was sent to a couple small labels. The Canada based Morbid Winter Records liked it and decided to release
a full-length record.
The band wrote and rehearsed throughout the remainder of 2007 and recorded their first "official" full-length that winter. "Hail Wind and Hewn Oak" was released in July of 2008 and was met with critical acclaim. Since then Falls of Rauros underwent some turmoil and parted ways with their drummer. This became a period of low activity, as the band had difficulty finding an appropriate drummer in the Portland area. During this time Austin Lunn of the bands Panopticon
and Seidr offered his services as a guest drummer. Falls of Rauros agreed and began to work with him on the new material that would become the stunning, “The Light That Dwells in Rotten Wood”. Austin recorded the drum tracks himself at his home in Louisville and Falls of Rauros recorded/engineered the rest of the album at their practice space in Portland. This controlled environment ensured the most clear and potent sound, by far the best that Falls of Rauros has yet to achieve.
Frustrated by not being able to perform live, Ray has since become the drummer. Jordan moved from bass to guitar and the addition of Evan on bass completed the line-up for future endeavors. The band has participated in several tours, along with a trek into Canada and has plans to tour more extensively towards the end of 2011/beginning of 2012. Falls of Rauros are one of the US scenes most ambitious and creative entities and are fighting to become a name wider known here and abroad.
The Light that Dwells in Rotten Wood CD 2011 (Bindrune Recordings)
Earth’s Old Timid Grace | Banished | Awaiting the Fire or Flood that Awakes it | Nonesuch River Chant | Silence | The Cormorants Shiver on Their Rocks
Hail Wind and Hewn Oak CD 2008 (Morbid WInter)
The Sun Tonight Has Set | The Fire We Fathered | Hail Wind and Hewn Oak | Fury in Our Blood, Thunder in Our Hearts | Of Stone and the Stars in the Sky | In Waves of Golden Light | To Witness Existence | And Never Shall There Be
Into the Archaic CD 2006 (Self Released)
A Departure | Retracing Our Lineage | Contemplation of the Forgotten | To Witness Existence As A Subservient Entity | March of the Valorous Bane | The Winter Harvest | A Silent Premonition (Of Our End) | Revisitation