Review Summary: RIP
With the death of Lilitu’s James Edward Nunis, passing away from cancer in 2006, this group decided to take a leave of absence. Some group members decided to start a new band named Blood Promise. Soon enough Blood Promise fell too, so Lilitu reunited by in December with only two members. They stated they are going to make an avant-garde black metal album. My question to them is how they are going to top The Delores Lesion
Delores Lesion is a Melodic Death album with mostly hardcore vocals. The vocals go from chaotic hollow screams to a clean emotional voice, the clean voice isn’t that high pitched but it seems like he is on the verge of crying. Delores Lesion is very riff driven while it changes from harmonized rhythm sections to shred and melodic soloing that can easily get stuck in your head. The bass is mostly in the background of the guitar assault. The drummer loves his double pedal, so if you love double pedaling in albums, then you will surely love this. The drummer also keeps a nice rhythm section and the tone goes well with the instrumentals.
The album starts with Only The End of The World Again
which starts of with a pretty catchy riff that you can make out completely. Soon after that, the synths kick in to give it that extra touch. Derek soon come in and screams the rest of the song, no clean singing here. The intro riff plays though out the song, leaving the riff stuck in your head throughout the song. For the first couple of tracks the songs go from a lot of screaming to more singing. When the first track winds down, the second track, Even the Vultures Have Moved
, On starts up even stronger then the first one with synths accompanying it from the get go. After the intro ends, you are introduced to a harmonized chug riff section that will play as the main riff for the song, with an accompanying keyboard. Before the chorus to this song, the keyboards goes techno-ish and there is a 4 second breakdown, then you are introduced to the clean singing.
“Someday you will find your way through time
Someday you will follow secure in something more”
Once that song winds down, the title track The Delores Lesion
is introduced by hearing a soft female voice say, “There's a bruised & broken sky. It's pressed up against us, but odds are there's a heaven burning down below. The words rise from the north and float there on the wind, like a soft & subtle whisper, Immortal like a wondrous feeling, so profound...” in a soft voice shortly after that a synthy “uprising” starts which leads to the main melody that will be echoing in the background of the sound. In the song you will suddenly here a female voice singing in the background while the singer is screaming which leaves a positive effect on the listener. During the song everything goes soft for a good thirty seconds while harmonized clean vocals speeches
“lachrymal squander in the distance
For lusts that she waits for so scorn
An image so pale & so pure, yet so beautiful
Her face is plastered on the walls
and it seems so indelible
So unfathomable that we're both lost here”
Then it just cuts back into heaviness and screams beneath the song’s main melody and a wall of synths and double pedaling. The album gives you a one and a half minute break interlude after that song which quickly leads an opening solo to Follow Through
which is accompanied by synths. It leaves you thinking it is going to be a heavy track but forty seconds in, you find that the song is mostly clean vocals. This is the track where you mostly notice the double pedal because the track has got a stop and go motion to it with little to no guitars during the verses.
The most notable song on this album has to be the closing track which is named Fragments of my Reflection
. This track opens with a keyboard which is then accompanied by a soft guitar melody which shortly leads to the catchiest guitar riff on the whole album. The verse is carried by head banging guitar chugs. The one thing that brings the track down is the sudden transition from the verse to the clean sung chorus. With that said, the song goes through a melody section to a breakdown section, then unfolds to an old 80s shred solo. The track then winds down on a piano melody with Derek chanting the chorus “Look away not to face the guilt & the shame...that weighs me down”.
The album emotionally energetic throughout and won’t leave you bored. It is emotionally filled but the length of the album (around forty minutes) makes the experience go by to fast. The album also has problems with transitioning from song to song, also transition problems within the song itself. With that said, it is still an enjoyable experience that you shouldn’t miss out on.