Somehow, it’s just that one of imprisonment will always come at the end of the year. The last such release that impressed me was Chainsaw’s album “The Last Crusade”. Well … It’s time for the next album to take the highest place in my personal ranking of “Album of the Year”. At this point, I am telling you readers – are you ready to jump into the abyss of your soul and meet face-to-face with Gaia herself?…
Rise to Fall band was formed in 2006 in northern Spain. They describe their music as melodic Metal death, however, I think that they are ideally suited to make Soundtrack music (you know, this brilliant music appearing in movies or video games). “Into Zero” is their fourth album. Although I listened to their short moments, to make a lot of fits their style – too fast, too intense, too much growling … Do you want to know what this latest album is such a sensation for me?
Since the band showed the cover of “Into Zero” on Facebook, I thought one thing – it is BEAUTIFUL. It was a gift for my husband, but in the process I started falling in love with “Into Zero” more and more. It would not matter to me that it would look inside, design was the ONLY matter. It is said not to ritualize the book, the same situation outside, inside. Digipack is coated with varnish, thanks to which the graphics acquire depth. It brings to mind a flat product. Admittedly, they get into the idea, but I’ve noticed that varnished covers are all rivers. Another more beautiful features of nature – a bit geometric, mysterious, maintained in shades of silver and green.
You will probably ask me how this color can be called naively in silver? Well, it can. These arts emanate light, you get the impression that soon all these nebulae and planets will start moving and circling around you …
You see how the image on the surface of the planet cobwebs of light flash on less, on more. Somewhere in the back of your head you hear a whisper: Time to move…
You are passing the planet. An emptiness surrounds you, despite the bands of stars running around you. Silver drops change into ice cubes. Every now and then one falls into the atmosphere of a planet and lights up like a comet.
You left. It did not bring anything good with it. Once centuries ago you prepared them to love people, but they mocked your help.
You are gone. The only thing left over from you are seeds in the vile corners of the planet. But did you win?
Earth. One great waste of the work of the gods. The collapse of decadence, greed, political game in which every completely innocent man is caught. Everyone wants this piece of cake. Will not get it? Oh, there is nothing to worry about – he will get at all costs. They lust for your destiny.
Cities of glass and metal. Each wall shows your face. You do not hide even from yourself.
We want more and more. The cities that smoke air are climbing higher and higher. Birds fall straight into the oceans with a thick dragging layer.
It’s happening. A beam of light shines down onto the ground. It’s the sun! This wonderful star that we have not seen for so long. Does this mean a new dawn for us?
You feel the water on your forehead. A drop that was baked as if after an ant bite.
There are more of them. Soon, the whole city is shrouded in a wall of rain. But no one knows it’s Gaia’s tears. The creator of everything left Earth, he did not disappear from the announcement of her murdering. She left us self-living on Earth.
We did so well without her, right?
The buildings began to crumble. Stumps of rusty beams protruded from the walls. Corrosion also appeared on roads and vehicles. The rivers turned into rapid torrents of red stinking liquid.
That would be the end of the reign of human monsters.
A few years have passed since the memorable destruction of civilization. The strongest units were created by new clans. Since then there is no place, no date, no delays. All that remained was the cross and faith in God and sometimes the gods. Because people believed that there MUST be someone on the sky, who did not let them completely die and guide their true path together.
We have to renew everything from scratch. Close to every attempt to escape into the old hatred. Egoism, we will not rebuild what once was splendor, and later turned into a burning debris.
– Look what I found!
The man’s voice pulled you out of his reverie. You glanced at the glimmering green stone, not the egg, lying on the man’s hands.
The pupils have expanded with your emotions.
– I know what it is… – you said touching the stone of tip of your fingers. In your ears you began to roar with excitement.
The find sparkled and covered with a sparkling spiderweb.
You almost fell off the chair when a recently found pebble began to shine green. You walk slowly towards the fireplace on which lies…
You worship the gods in the adjective chapel. Suddenly the stone held by the holy figure begins to shine… This strange green light makes you want to touch it…
– Once it was said that Gaia left three seeds of her love for people when she left. She hoped that the man would be smart and look after them. Then Gaia will come back.
This is our chance! For ANY price, we must make the magic of the earth return and take care of us again.
Unfortunately, it’s not that simple … Myths say that every single person should do good for others and for his planet. At least once. Then a tiny spider web will appear on one of the seeds. The more they appear, the greater the chance of hatching ancient magic.
Established huts for homeless and hungry animals. You handed the old woman walking down a steep path – you also carried a handful of herbs for her.
Spider web on seed.
You took care of the sick. You helped build a neighbor’s house.
The spider web is getting deeper.
Together we will be able to do this. We can’t afford the same mistakes.
It’s zero hour for our planet Earth.
You plant young trees with your daughter. You settle the forest with colorful birds and tame animals. Let them learn wildness.
It took a lot of effort to cover Gaia’s stones with cobwebs.
We raise our eyes to heaven, to the stars. The highways of Aurora borealis are crossing the sky. They are shining green, purple and blue.
The northern lights – a preview of the arrival of the coveted Gaia …
Between the sheaves of light gushing from the sky. Aurora enveloped her like a gauzy gown.
All three stones gathered in one place pulsed with light. They were happy that their mother came back.
Gaia raised her hands in a cheering gesture, and the seeds broke. From their inside, shoots shot and wrapped around the hands of the goddess.
– It will be all right now – Gaia said. – You did not waste the opportunity I gave you. I have already erased your guilt from memory. You will start everything from the beginning.
The sun began to rise.
This album was difficult to describe, despite the obvious mean. It creates the whole story, but each song is also a story. The subject matter is somewhat similar to Scylla’s album I have already described. The album “Into Zero” is a tribute to fans of previous albums, however, it is much more elaborated from them. One can have the impression that it sounds a bit more “commercially”. Each of the songs has something interesting to offer – for example, “The Empress” reminds me of the music of Within Temptation (“Mother Earth” in the death edition 😊).
Are you probably waiting for information which song I have called as epic? Well… This time it was really hard for me, because there were two such – mentioned earlier “The Empress” and “White Kanvas”. However, I prefer the first one a little more because of the music style closer to my heart.
It was a long way. I hope you read this review as nice as it was written to me. I think you already know why this record delighted me so much. But will he delight you too?
Do you feel ready to prepare Gaia seeds for germination?
What kind of person are you, my reader?
Rise to Fall – Into Zero (2018)
1. The Descendant
2. In the Wrong Hands
3. Acid Drops
4. House of Crosses
5. Virgin Land
6. The Empress
7. Temptation Feeds on our Weaknesses
8. Zero Hour
9. Effects of the Terrestrial Syndrome
11. Game of Appearances
12. White Canvas