Holy Fawn
Death Spells
(2018)
Crank this to 10.4 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre:
Post rock, Shoegaze, Post metal
Sounds Like:
Alcest, Sigur Ros, Deafheaven
Monday, December 10, 2018
It’s not very often an album comes along and makes us stop and think… “What the fuck am I listening to?” “Can this be that good?” After countless rotations Holy Fawn from Arizona has floored us with their debut full length Death Spells.  Upon first listen, we knew this was something grand after the opening track “Dark Stone”. As we got deeper into the album, we began to wonder if Holy Fawn could hold our attention and keep up this pace of creativity. With absolutely no desire to skip ahead and preview we found ourselves completely absorbed within their heavy Post-rock beauty, so yes, the album is all consuming from beginning to end.

Holy Fawn has written a beautiful heavy Post-rock album that combines trippy shoegaze, touches of black metal, spacious doom and experimentation. At times Death Spells is very uplifting and majestic in typical Post-rock fashion, than they turn a corner into some heavy, post doom black metal, it’s quite a journey that is nearly impossible to describe in words. The vocals are tremendous as they are mainly soft and echoed with hints of minimal black metal scowls for welcome diversion. They are blended perfectly into the abundance of music, creating both a dark and spacious aura. The production is great as it portrays the maturity and high level of musicianship for a new band, they way they capture feelings of wonderment and despair is amazing. The album does require some patience to appreciate the craftsmanship at hand, so this is nothing new to fans of Post-rock. We recommend reserving an hour out of your day with your favorite adult beverage to enjoying Death Spells with no interruptions, the end result is a very satisfying and diverse Post-rock experience.

Tracklist:
1. Dark Stone 06:22 
2. Arrows 06:40
3. Drag Me Into The Woods 06:27
4. Yawning 05:35
5. Seer 07:51
6. Two Waves 03:17
7. Take Me With You 07:10
8. Vespertine 06:27 
9. Same Blood 02:48
10. Sleep Tongue 08:01

Standout Track(s)
The whole album from start to finish.  

Adult Beverage Pairing
Three Philosophers by Ommegang Brewery in Upstate. NY. The 9.7% (ABV) Belgium Quadruple is a unique blend of a Belgian-style dark ale and authentic cherry ale from Belgium. Flavors and aromas of roasted malt, molasses and brown sugar, dark fruits, brandied raisins and chocolate, Three Philosophers has notable sweetness with low hop bitterness, making this the perfect companion to Death Spells.

ROTATION RECAP:
Vocal Performance
10.4 of 11

Risk of Subwoofer Damage
10 of 11

Captivation and Variety
10.7 of 11

Weight of the Heavy
9.9 of 11

Rhythmic Pace
9.9 of 11
 
Lyrics and Song Structure
10.5 of 11

Fretwork Prowess
9.9 of 11

Overall Album Flow
10.5 of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
10 of 11

Production Value
10.3 of 11

Final Thoughts
The vision of Holy Fawn is so fucking inspiring, it’s truly an ambitious Post-rock album that takes chances. It’s amazing what you hear with every listen, they put a ton of thought into the little nuances. Death Spells has such a broad sound that it will take over the room when cranked up, it’s far from deafening, but more of a blissful heaviness. We see this album as a mainstay in our collection and hopefully yours as well.

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