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Quoth the raven: Season of my words - 95%

Arkanus, December 21st, 2015
Written based on this version: 2012, CD, Orcynia Records (Digipak)

For ten years Lethian Dreams were making music as a duo, trusting the basic characteristics of doom, and adding some ingredients, like soft synthesizers, to produce an ambient sound. In a certain point, these French musicians, found a better idea to express their music with originality, and that idea was suitable for the talent Carline Van Roos has. They stopped using harsh vocals and started to rely on landscapes made from pure instrumental mixtures.

In 2012, they release their first album with the new ideas, and they conceived a real hidden jewel. They took their time to write notes and words perfect for the mood the band wanted to convey, not thinking of technical difficulties or memorable instrument playing, which is not common in doom metal either. Fortunately, they know what they are requested to do in order to fulfill a certain aspect in a determined song, and they do not fail at it. Every sound is heard clearly and in its precise moment. Even guitars are felt to be weeping at different stages of this LP, in clean tones behind the suitable distortion. Voices do not hurry to appear or to show the sadness they want to communicate, but they seem to be shy and naturally sorrowful, like a sad child who is forced to speak.

“Season of Raven Words” is full of long songs, but none of them is longer than they should be, and are beautifully arranged and connected sometimes by a couple of instrumental interludes. These interludes deserve their own mention. They are perfectly conceived, and take the listener to a different level among the rest of the songs. As you feel depressed and cold with the long ones, “See” and “Invisible” grab you from the neck, stop your breath and leave you alone at the top of a gorge freezing in the mist accompanied by the sound of a black sea. They are as good as the rest of the songs in the album. The female ethereal voice seems to be made for these sounds, but they are not overwhelmed by the amount of grief expected to bear. In a lot of cases, bands fail to share this burden among the different instruments including the voice, leaving one or two of them sustaining the complete pillar of the musical intention. Lethian Dreams, however, succeeds in being one unit to let you know that this “season” affects anyone.

After one listening, it is difficult not to fall in love with the atmospheric embrace of sadness the band feels at the creation of this beautiful piece of work. Songs like “Wandering” and “Raven” teach how to use voice when depressing someone is the objective and the entire album hits in its aim; making your day grey. For people who enjoy melodic music and appreciate the language of instruments, this is a jewel.