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Lautreamont - Silence of the Deceased - 90%

Edmund Sackbauer, May 31st, 2020
Written based on this version: 2018, CD, Hymns of Apocalypse (Limited edition, Digipak)

Lautreamont is a talented three piece from Russia, and their only full length so far has been titled “Silence of the Deceased”. While you are going to find a lot of things you have heard before this band managed something where a lot of their peers fail: They produced a quite unique piece of heavy and interesting music, which should mainly attract fans of classic death/black metal, but comes with enough twists and turns to also pick the interest of listeners of more sophisticated stuff.

This band combines bruising grooves, down-tuned and straight-hitting riffs and slower but heavy sections, ramping up the intensity of the whole affair. Although we are talking about quite traditional death metal (mainly akin to the US school) with some blackish elements at the core of the music some of the sections are technically quite complex, with some unorthodox and even slightly jazzy patterns and several rhythm and tempo changes thrown into the mix. Before passive listeners like myself can get overwhelmed though Lautreamont find their way back to the steamrolling and heavy pounding main groove of the respective song. While a few outbursts of instrumental firework might be interesting the most important thing is coherent songwriting, and this is what makes bands like this one so great.

Each track has some remarkable riffs that are sliced and diced throughout and pitched against some impressive chunks of lead guitar work. The constant interaction between the crunchy and chugging main chords and the often crazy and outstanding lead guitar is breathtaking. The melodies are often weird and haunting, but can sometimes also drift into more relaxed and slightly melancholic territory. I guess it would be pretty difficult to reproduce all of this in a live environment as it seems there is only one guitarist at work, but on disc it is quite impressive.

The drumming is on point, going along with the guitars in perfect harmony. The drummer gets his moments to go all out and ramp up the intensity of the music by spitting out brutal blast-beat attacks, but he got a great sense for the groove and knows when to step back. As far as I can judge all the melodies and harmonies have been done without using any keyboards or electronic samples. That being said Lautreamont managed to build a great atmosphere on “Silence of the Deceased” with the character of the key harmonies ranging from being epic and uplifting to dissonant or melancholic.

The production is tight and on point, with the guitars sounding huge and crisp and the drums organic and not too sterile. Also the bass can be heard, which is always a nice bonus. The physical edition comes as nice digipak so there is no excuse for fans of diversified yet classic death metal with a bit of a twist to not get this album.