Lantlos
Melting Sun


4.0
excellent

Review

by Nick Mongiardo CONTRIBUTOR (83 Reviews)
May 23rd, 2014 | 158 replies


Release Date: 05/02/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: No Neige? No problem.

The concept of choosing pink as the dominant color of an album cover seems like a strange choice on paper. The listener will only understand how this concept truly works when the music reveals itself. Sunbather nabbed this concept one year ago because it was meant to show the color seen on the inside of the eyelids when basking in the sunlight. No other color would have worked because of how uplifting the album’s atmosphere was and Melting Sun possesses the same qualities. Lantlos may have lost their most prominent member Neige, but this proves to be no problem for the band and the loss of Neige gives the band a chance to turn over a new leaf. This means all elements of black metal are dropped in favor of a heavy shoegazing sound and the final product certainly soars.

This time around Herbst takes over the vocal duty and he definitely gets the job done well. The vast wall of sound and brilliant guitar riffs in “Azure Chimes” eventually give way to Herbst’s soothing vocals which are perfect for the warm atmosphere Melting Sun is conveying. His vocals certainly work very well on this album, but other than suiting the atmosphere he really doesn’t have a unique voice to set himself aside from other vocalists in the genre. Thankfully Melting Sun is not meant to be about a breathtaking vocal delivery. Despite the elements of despair seen in the beginning of “Aquamarine Towers,” the album excels at filling the listener with happiness and after its short running time of forty minutes fades away, it will be hard to not feel inspired to go about the day with a positive outlook.

The sound that best sums up Melting Sun in a nutshell is a masterful combination of shoegazing post rock and to top it all off the production is stellar. Fantastic builds and musicianship are seen quite frequently throughout the album and “Jaded Fields” stands high above the rest in terms of delivering in these qualities. After a soothing build featuring an exceptional layered guitar riff, the song then elevates into a well done wall of sound filled with lyrics of acceptance, along with an engrossing atmosphere that seems like it could go on for miles. “Aquamarine Towers” also cements itself as a front runner because it’s essentially an emotional roller coaster ride. Even though it starts off with a sorrowful section of guitar feedback, it then gives way to epic drumming, soothing vocals and the inspiring mood the album so expertly displays. This mood is best solidified once “Golden Mind” comes around because of its amazing crescendos. The instruments coupled with Herbst’s quiet vocals slowly swell into a brilliant climax that will leave the listener at a loss for words. The guitar distortion, angelic backing vocals and slow climaxes provide the perfect evocative mood for driving around on a bright and sunny day.

However, perhaps this setting is the best time to listen to this album. To fully appreciate the bright and vibrant atmosphere this album provides, the sun is no better setting. The bright colors of orange, yellow and pink on the album cover are also the perfect colors at showing the listener what to expect. This record may not excel at having tons of variety throughout its short running time, but its warm mood and fantastic musicianship make up for it. Melting Sun is an awesome entry into the shoegazing genre and a sure contender for album of the year. The loss of Neige was certainly a blow that the band without any doubt overcame with grace and finesse.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
May 23rd 2014


10364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sup guys, as always criticism is welcome

Confucius
May 23rd 2014


184 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review

Wadlez
May 23rd 2014


4159 Comments


We get it people.. Neige isn't in the band anymore...

Nice write up though as usual.

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
May 23rd 2014


10364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys. I made sure to not make my rev focused on that haha

Ecnalzen
May 23rd 2014


6564 Comments


Heard about this pretty recently. Def want to check it out at some point.

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
May 23rd 2014


10364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yea it's nice man you should

Calc
May 23rd 2014


12212 Comments


that first sentence kind of reminded me of the Fonz using a motorcycle to ramp over that big fish in happy days. and on another note, I can't get into this =(

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
May 23rd 2014


10364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lol what??? And oh well fair enough man.

PortalofPerfection
May 23rd 2014


507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review, short and sweet, still very descriptive. I actually think this loses a noticeable amount of impact without Melting Sun VII, I feel like the last 3 tracks are just a bit TOO slow and droning altogether, but VII peps it back up again just enough to finish strong.

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avonbarksdale221
May 23rd 2014


8236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lovely album and review.

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
May 23rd 2014


10364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the kind words fellas. It certainly finishes strong with Golden Mind agreed.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
May 23rd 2014


19790 Comments


Definitely a good review man!

A few small things: did u mean the final "product" certainly soars? (End of paragraph 1) Also you're missing a period in the last sentence of the review ;) good stuff though man, I dig the way u described this album

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
May 23rd 2014


10364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man! And fixed that stuff.

Underflow
May 24th 2014


2565 Comments


Such a good album, and I wasn't expecting it at all. Niege should be taking notes here.

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
May 24th 2014


10364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ahhh Neige is doing just fine. But great album agreed.

TheSpirit
May 24th 2014


17883 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Good review. I personally thought this was pretty weak.

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Photon
May 26th 2014


1292 Comments


As good as .Neon. 4/5

TheBarber
May 26th 2014


1963 Comments


Amazing record and great review even though there are quite a few repetitions within the 3rd paragraph

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
May 26th 2014


10364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man and record is quite awesome yea

TheBarber
May 27th 2014


1963 Comments


Golden Mine is soo dreamy, perfect closer



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