Review Summary: Very accessible, not too exciting, but overall a decent effort.
Doom metal is rapidly growing in popularity with many new bands forming, and many others incorporating doom elements into their music. This is both an advantage and a disadvantage. The advantage is that, obviously, there will be more doom for the odd doomhead like myself, but the disadvantage is that there will be a greater quantity of average to bad albums, diluting the doom talent pool, if you will. Frailty, a relatively new Latvian doom/death band, is somewhere in between the advantage and disadvantage. Lost Lifeless Lights
is their debut album, and although it has several good elements and is on the whole a largely accessible and enjoyable album, it really isn’t anything you haven’t heard before.
Both the album’s biggest strength and biggest weakness lie in the vocals. To be honest, the band may have attempted to take on more than they could handle. There is semi-chanting, growls, screams, moderate to high growls, clean singing, and I think some spoken word. The best form, and probably the best thing about this album in general are the harsh vocals. The vocalist has a very good grasp of gutturals, and fluctuates frequently up and down, giving a varied and strong performance. Unfortunately, anything that isn’t harsh, in regards to the vocals, is poor. I’m unsure if it’s the same vocalist, or the guitarist (who is labeled back up vocals) who does the singing, but all the clean vocals are mediocre at best. Even when the music itself is promising, the singing ruins it by making it all sound lame. Fortunately, the clean singing is not so frequent, keeping the album from being bad itself.
As mentioned in the introduction, Lost Lifeless Lights
is reasonably tame. It is not genre defining, nor does it have a sense of brilliance about it, but at the very least it has several tracks, and several moments, which are both good and attention catching. ‘Graphics in Ebony’ has what is perhaps a doom ‘breakdown’, which is quite enjoyable and really shows off the harsh vocals. The same track is also an example of how mood transitions done right can sound good. Furthermore, the next track ‘The Fall of Eve’ has a very captivating, if short, introduction. It seemed the best tracks were towards the end anyway, after what was a slow start. Nevertheless, there were only a few tracks which stuck out to me, which leads to the next point. Aside from the clean singing, the biggest downfall of the album is that most songs are based around the same formula and ideas. There are definitely some innovative moments, but for the most part, these are overshadowed by the not so innovative. It’s true that this was perhaps a result of the album’s accessibility, but in the end made it an album that I wasn’t too excited about listening to.
In conclusion, kudos to Frailty for making a good effort. It’s their debut album, and I can definitely think of a lot worse debut albums. The album’s accessibility is definitely an attraction to those who aren’t very much into doom, and could probably serve very well as an introduction to doom/death, and the genre of doom overall. Still, the album has quite a few faults, and it’s not too hard to find better doom/death. However, I’ll point out that if you aren’t a critical doom nut like I am, consider this review a 3.5.
Review is perhaps a little short, I might beef it up later on. Also, take the very last line seriously, I thought 3 was bit too critical, but 3.5 was way too much (for me). Also, cheers to Zooyorker for the rec.This Message Edited On 06.27.08
excellent review I must say. Question though. I just posted a review, why did your appear before mine? My review is still not up there.
It's because it's your first review, and needs to be approved by a moderator before it shows up. Just wait a while and it should pop up eventually (unless your review wasn't serious and is deleted).
Thanks friend, care to tell me what you think?
Ah, one of my favourite albums. I suppose it didn't need another 5 review, but your review is fine, and actually quite good for a first review. It should come up one the front page soon enough.
Awesome, thank you. I was a bit worried people would bash it because it's another 5 rating review, but I hope people like it. Again, excellent job on your review.
DOOOM!!! Does this band have better cd's than this one?
No this is their only album. Pebster, give them a listen on their myspace, you might like it.
Its pretty good, the clean vocals on the first song is kinda weak but the other two songs are pretty good.
yeah, the clean vocals in general are poor
he's really whiney...how many songs does he sing?
I'm critical of my doom (and my music in general) so I won't probably listen to this, especially since doom that uses clean vocals that are terrible just irratates me. If you can't sing don't try.
Not a single complete song, the clean vocals are around the place, the the majority of it is harsh.
Listen to Funeral, their latest release "From These Wounds" is killer. Probably my favorite funeral doom release.
Your comments about doom becoming diluted with mediocre efforts is exactly what happened to every genre of metal we listen to nowadays.
Such a great review, and in terms of length, don't worry about it. Too many people seem to be concerned with length, and I think it is unnecessary. If it broke, don't fix it, and this certainly ain't a broke review. Well done!
Cheers taylor. I know, but look on the plus side; there's still a lot of great metal going around. Cheers for the support. I hadn't written a review (other than my Esoteric review yesterday) for months, it's good to be writing again.
Frailty is a good movie as well.
I've always wanted to watch that, ever since I saw it in the video shop a few years ago, but I never got around to it.
Missed this, another nice review. To continue on the doom route my next one will also be doom but won't be here this weekend so i'll do it sometime when I get back.
Digging: Mare Cognitum - Phobos Monolith
Great review rasputin, but I dont think I'll be checking this out on my quest for more doom metal.