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Lost Tribe - Solace (2014) - Review

Band: Lost Tribe
Album title: Solace
Release date: 10 November 2014
Label: Avant! Records

Tracklist:
01. Disease
02. Rise Or Fall
03. Century
04. Untitled Instrumental I
05. Untitled Instrumental II
06. Midnight Rain
07. Conquer
08. Dungeon Of Stones

Hailing from some dark corner in Richmond, Virginia, where deathrock, post-punk and goth rock meet, Lost Tribe returns ready to shake up the blackest side of the musical spectrum with Solace, a new 8-track vinyl that is definitely going to push them out from the shadow cast - though they're already quite well-known by worldwide mohicans, black leather dressed melomaniacs. Four years have passed since the band's demo tape The Dawn came out and during that time they've managed to polish their particular crossover style, 80s mirrored but undeniably up-to-date and bold to set them apart from their merely retro contemporaries.

Certainly, many totemic past ghosts will lurk in your mind while listening to Solace - even simultaneously within the same song. I appreciate some hints of Amebix, Anasazi, early Killing Joke, eerily conjured up Theatre Of Hate - I could carry on for a while - but you will get your own ones, that is for sure. However, this is more due to the respective musical influences of each member than to a joint premeditated plan, and this also makes a big difference. So the LP has the strength to appeal to enthusiasts of the old school goth sound, to worshippers of California deathrock pioneers, to lovers of any gloomy punk derivative and to followers of relatively newer acts from the style of Vancouver's Spectres, Helsinki's Silent Scream and Beastmilk, or Bologna's Horror Vacui, just to mention some. Consisting of Davey (vocals), Kyle (drums), Jonathan (synths), Forrest and Francesca (guitars), and Shravan (bass), Lost Tribe has made one hell of a sinister record with a perfect balance between raw viscerality and icy claustrophobics. Rumbling drums live up to the band's name and the high-pitched bass hammers like a pneumatic drill, marching us into a sort of Wardance. Caught in a guitar crossfire between wailing banshees and scything riffs, the singer cries out his apocalyptical visions with an enraged, ghoulish and sporadicly manic voice. But likely more distinctive of Lost Tribe's sound is the smart use of synths and keyboards; sometimes breathing deathly air into the backdrop, others enhancing the harsh core with drones and creepy melodies. Sounds good, isn't it? "Rise Or Fall", "Midnight Rain", "Dungeon Of Stones", both instrumentals and thus up to a total of eight placebo-free pills for reminiscing about the seminal pitch-black sounds.

Indeed Solace has a strong scent to burned gunpowder, which is remnant from every mosh-inducing barrage of gloom fired during the former century. A re-foundation record from a band owing to its very musical evilness.

Review written by: Billyphobia
Rating: 9/10

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Band: Mütterlein
Album title: Orphans Of The Black Sun
Release date: 22 April 2016
Label: Sundust Records

Truly insane, wicked, haunting and absolutely unique is the debut album of French act Mütterlein. The band is conducted by vocalist, songwriter, composer and performer Marion Leclercq, joined by multi-instrumentalist Christophe Chavanon, and the two describe their musical output as witch wave. Mütterlein on their debut album presents six tracks clocking in around 35 minutes, but what minutes those are, there's not a single moment where the intensity is lacked, nor there's a part without emotional outpours, even if at moments it might sound a bit minimalistic, there's no single moment without being thrown into some kind of a bewitching magical world. Orphans Of The Black Sun is not an easy album, at least after a first couple of listens it might be even disturbing, but the whole thing might drastically change if you immerse yourself a bit more into this musical creation. With Mütterlein's sound we are like being trapped in some sort of underground world or dungeon. This is an opus that conveys sadness and anguish of being, as beautiful as the biting cold of winter, yet as gloomy as a funeral of a loved one. It's all in one - sadistic, dreadful and mesmerizing!

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