Friday, August 26, 2016

Lesbian : "Hallucinogenesis"

Former members of the Accused formed this band back in 2007. Perhaps back then they might have been doom, but now they are proggy death metal. The vocals are varied and a good blend of sung vocals and growls. The opener has almost a black metal like throb to it. I like the fact that these guys are really dark. In some ways it makes me think of what might have happened if Acid Bath collided with Cynic. There are space like keyboard sounds zooming out of the corners of the song not inhabited by guitar solos.

Then comes the over fourteen minute" La Brea Borealis" that opens with a commanding vocal. In some ways this reminds me of when Mastodon was transitioning into a more progressive direction , just without any of the Thin Lizzy influence. It is more sludge than any other sub-genre as it stays at a steady throb. Six minutes in the more chanted vocal line helps establish a pretty cool groove. It eventually picks up into an almost industrial hammering.

"Kosmoceratops" has more of a thrashing charge to it with vomit filled vocals howling behind the snare. It's a sprawling battlefield of sludge encrusted thrash that comes at you like a drunken mammoth on trucker speed. The throaty bellows come closer to singing in some places than in others. Not sure why anyone would use the doom word around this band, or even stoner considering the type of pummelling they throw themselves into on a song like "Aquailibrium". The vocals have a nasty hint of black metal to them.They do slow down and cast more of a shadow on things two minutes into the last song. I like how varied the vocals on this album are, though not really crazy about the whole every minutes reaching ten minutes thing. Some old Slayer like falsettos crop up to further solidify the whole thrash theory, even though this is set against some more melodic and introspect movements that further enhance the dynamic range. Even with the long and winding songs, I'll give this album a 9 and see how it sits with me as I really like the weird myriad of genres that combine in the most twisted way possible. Sure it's proggy , but never awkward and puts being mean and heavy before showing off their chops.

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