The concepts of heaven, hell, angels, God and Lucifer aren’t new to heavy metal by any means, but instead of just making individual songs about all of those topics, Mahakala sew it all together in a concept album titled The Second Fall. This new release from these Greek heavy metal merchants tells the tale of Lucifer and his downfall as well as his rise and revenge all in nine total songs. With clear, concise and heavy song writing, Mahakala provide you with a listen that not only draws you in because it is heavy, but because of the great song writing and story telling ability that Mahakala possess.
Mahakala combine the likes of traditional heavy metal and doom to create an epic and incredibly memorable sound. It is no mystery as to why their debut record Devil’s Music has been critically acclaimed as Mahakala continue to deliver the evil and occult soaked tunes on this new record as well. Their sound is clean and heavy and before you know it you have spun this new release numerous times and you have each song stamped into your brain. The Second Fall is an infectious and intoxicating release that just doesn’t seem to want to vacate your brain even after you have been finished listening for some time.
There isn’t a song on this record where you would consider it to be weak or to be filler or anything of that nature. Mahakala pack in a lot of content into these nine songs to provide you with a well written, vast and cohesive listen and story. Mahakala roll out song after blasphemous song that get your head nodding in no time at all. The Second Fall is undeniable and try as you might, but you just cannot escape the fact that each song is so well written, executed and just so god damn memorable. With this new release being as intoxicating as it is you ultimately end up listening over and over again without realizing it and whether you wanted to sit and listen for hours or not.
Everything on this record is done very well from the production to the musicianship and everything in between, but what really stands out are the powerful vocals that emit from your speakers. Even as the wall of doomed out satanic metal falls down upon you, you can always hear the soaring cleans and all of their hair-standing-on-end glory. The vocalist Jim Kotsis nails this performance and not only does it make you want to belt out every lyric, but it makes this record even more memorable than it already was to begin with. Each performance on this record from the guitars, to the bass to the drum performance is spot on providing you with an excellent listen.
The Second Fall is a great listen that not only provides you with a heavy listen, but provides you with an interesting story to listen to as well. Mahakala hit the nail on the head once again with this new release of theirs.