Depressive Age
Lying in Wait


4.5
superb

Review

by Voivod STAFF
May 30th, 2010 | 21 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Forget any resemblance to anything in the tech-thrash and in the rock/metal domain in general. In their second album, Depressive Age prove to be the perfect match to John Lennon’s spoken words about what rock n’ roll should really be.

Depressive Age’s debut album, First Depression, was like a thunder in a clear sky, although few fans took notice of it at the time of its release in 1992. Despite the high quality of their debut, the band remained in an underground status. Let’s not forget that grunge was reigning in the globe at the time, leaving practically no room for new and promising metal bands. Plus that metal fans in the mid 90’s were very reluctant in accepting musical diversity in metal whatsoever. However, the band was not underwhelmed by the difficulties and kept on working. In 1994, they released their second album, Lying In Wait.

Lying In Wait exploits in full the musical legacy of its predecessor and at the same time takes things a long way further. In First Depression the songs were almost exclusively “Tora! Tora! Tora!” ultra speed tech-thrash and the progressive/innovative musical influences were somewhat “compressed” solely in the aforementioned songwriting structure. However, in Lying In Wait, the band’s songwriting is much more diversified. The speed/tech-thrash elements are wisely mixed with eerie or melancholic semi-acoustic plus mid-paced melodies, providing a great variety of sounds and rhythms per song and multiple challenges for the rhythm section to work on.

The will to produce bizarre musical compositions is once again fully sustained by the top-notch musicianship of guitarists Jochen Klemp and Ingo Grigoleit plus the rhythm section of Norbert Drescher (drums) and Tim Schallenberg (bass). Riffs and solos appear in the proper place, every time with something new to give, while they avoid guitar wankery. The rhythm section closely follows and adapts appropriately to the needs of every song. The vocals of Jan Lubitski remain a love-or-hate case, as he squirrels, he whispers, he growls in a death metal way, he goes all way high pitch whenever he wants, truly serving the disturbing content of the lyrics.

In terms of production and sound mixing, Lying In Wait sounds different from its predecessor. The crisp sound of First Depression is replaced by a more “muddy” approach which reminds in a way of 70’s prog rock records. It is as if a thin layer of blur covers the overall outcome, although it does not annoy the listener in the least.

Summing up, in their second album, Depressive Age moves multiple steps forward almost perfecting their craft.



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 30th 2010


8322 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Constructive criticism is most welcome.

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Mclovin
May 30th 2010


293 Comments


At first, I thought the length might be questionable, but after a thorough read, you covered the album well, so good review. Imma have to check this out, yah?

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 30th 2010


8322 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks a lot man.



i try to write as less as possible, without sacrificing any of the details.



This was a bit hard to write, as the band is totally "out of the box".



Begin with First Depression and then go to this one.

scissorlocked
May 30th 2010


3528 Comments


Good review homie!!!maybe Its time to check out these guys.I've only heard their small town boy cover and some other several songs.

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lostforwords
June 7th 2010


451 Comments


Hey great review, pos
I've never heard anything by that band.
Is it anything like Coroner?Or Voivod?

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2010


8322 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No not quite...



Maybe a slight resemblance to Voivod...



But all three bands are similar in the sense that they don't resemble to each other and to anything else at the same time



The sound of Depressive Age is very unique.



I found it very hard to correlate them to any other band...

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2010


8322 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lying In Wait:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ww1akaOxRuE&feature=related





Where:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmDgeLoX5SY&feature=related





Way Out:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5d_HcU1sr0&feature=related





Berlin:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVKyZrZm3qY&feature=related





My Wine:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVDczBOGZM0&feature=related





Eternal twins:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54CtJhp3MKQ&feature=related

JosephLong
June 9th 2012


301 Comments


berlin rapes

KILL
June 18th 2012


81232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so fuckin gd ughomgffg

KILL
May 3rd 2013


81232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

when she gave her earthly life an end.. . . ......... ./

KILL
March 26th 2015


81232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

1:13 in the opener



so fuckin metal

FirstStrikeIsDeadly
June 24th 2016


1020 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Good shit

evilford
March 15th 2017


42100 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

holy shit this has a review

Madbutcher3
April 17th 2017


2320 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

way out riffs in a way that makes all other riffs obsolete

evilford
April 17th 2017


42100 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Agreed

KILL
April 17th 2017


81232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

if this band had a great vocalist they would be real special!

evilford
March 14th 2018


42100 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

but they are kill, everyone is special. at least my mom told me so

Thalassic
November 5th 2018


2527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This record has some of the strangest vocals ever. One could probably make a case for them being flat out terrible. Yet there's something that keeps pulling me back to this album

Casavir
November 17th 2018


3453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think they match the bleak and deranged feeling of the writing pretty well.

Casavir
January 6th 2019


3453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The band System of a Down don't want you to know about.



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