I love this album. Right from the first track, it’s sets the atmosphere for the entire album. Misery, misanthropy, pain – the first track resonates the anguish of the musicians with effortlessness. There’s a certain quality of the guitars distortion that is unlike any bands of their equal, it screams of dissociation and uniqueness. I have written my take on a few of the gems on this album.
Here’s where you find out what this album is going to be about. It started of with some quiet, unearthly vocals, and morphs into some bizarre howling. The bands music is tight and we’ll produced. So far, it’s hard to connect them with black metal except in an influential form. Towards the end it picks up, unfurling into the metal they are know for and a good starting point for people new to the band.
This track comes in with a totally different vibe but maintaining the muffled screams of the singer. It has an almost pop riff that follows throughout the song. It encapsulates the bands disconnection from life, an otherworldliness that I cannot attatch as easily with other bands.
There is a lot of argument whether they fit into the DSBM category and it is easy to see why. There is a great mix of singing and harsh vocalisation. It’s clean vocals are almost hummed in the background, giving the sense of isolation that accompanies this bands style.
Starting of slow, were introduced to some paced riffs and talked lyrics. It definitely feels like an Interlude of sorts but fits nicely with the album and it’s tone. It feels like a great way to continue to the next song
This is one of my personal favourites. It covers multiple styles and weaves between emotions with a dark undertone. It doesn’t take long to kick into a thrashy riff which is surprisingly rare on this one. Unfortunately, this riff is not something I personally like on this track and the lack of anything but the guitar and drums cuts away from the atmosphere. Luckily, it dies down and into some beautifully played arpeggios and haunting screams. This is what Lifelover is about.
While this is a short summary and misses a lot of description, and wholly missing it’s nuances, trying to turn my feelings of this piece into words is not easy for me. All I can recommend is checking it out for yourself, listening to it, and making your own judgement.
Lifelover aren’t making the music for you and don’t advertise to. They are a deep band full of inner meanings and ideas that you may never know.