(Review by Patrick De Sloover)

It took a few years to release the successor of ‘Fragments Of Awareness’, and although their second release on Genet Records can be considered as a massive fragmentation bomb, the band had to release their third album on their own.  This persisting quintet from the area of Antwerp (Belgium) entered the Split Second Sound Studio in Amsterdam and mastering took place at West West Side Music in New York. It indicates that this potential young dudes know how a great album should sound and besides creating outstanding arrangements, they all are aware that the sound and mixing must be immaculate.

When I was dwelling the Graspop Festival fields, a few months ago, I got in touch with guitar player Jeroen Foré. Afterwards Kristof Damen, the second guitar player, got in touch with me by e-mail, while bass player Tom Trancez mailed a promo package to my home address. This indicates that every member of the band is involved in this new product. Everybody sweat one’s guts out to promote the band and to spread their word and music, mouth by mouth. At the end it will pay off, as oil floats, and I’m sure that Crimson Falls has a great future ahead!

‘Downpours of Disapproval’ is an album that deserves patience and forbearance, contains several layers of musical directions, and it combines darkness with insight. There are so many ways to get to the profound, to the core of the songs, but in the end, you will be dazed and confused about the beauty that this disc is encapsulating. Besides outrageous and extortionate violence, we hear a lot of sensitive and agonizing fragments that interlude heaviness with melody. It’s an album that demands a lot from the listener, but once you are able to crack the shell, you will encounter a jewel of peerless, unequaled and unprecedented vulnerability. 

While listening to tracks like ‘Resurrection’, ‘Vengeance Is Mine’ and the title track, you really have to take a look to the booklet as well. There are truly interesting liner notes to the songs that add a little story, some background information, or just a point of view, to define the music and the lyrics as a whole. The vocals and lyrics of Wim Jacobs are a significant element in the song. You get the whole picture, you will notice that the lyrics of Crimson Falls aren’t only about social issues, emotions and real life, but the message that this band is spreading should be advised to think about life and this world in general. Belgium has its own freaks and people like Marc Dutroux, Kim De Gelder and Michel Fourniret don’t deserve to live one day longer, but if you read the comment and the lyrics while listening to the track ‘Show Me Your Hands That Strangled My Child’, my blood starts to boil. Crimson Falls’ message is clear: no excuses, no extenuating circumstances, no remorse…  and I totally agree.

The quintet succeeded all the way, from opener till final track, and it’s a shame that this band is still unsigned, but in my opinion, it’s only a matter of time. This is a top notch product, that will leave no one unaffected! Or to quote Madball: “Life’s hard, a struggle sometimes, but in the end, I’ll get what’s mine”

My rating:  90 / 100


95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

50- : Rubbish