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Sucks, but who's surprised - 20%

Noktorn, April 24th, 2011

I'll keep this brief. Lost's self-titled demo tape (which is the only one I've managed to track down) is five tracks of postmodern garbage doom which may or may not be aware of how terrible it is, but it doesn't really matter. It seems that the attempted feel here is of traditional doom metal executed with a funeral doom pacing and sense of delivery, and it fails completely for multiple reasons.

The atrocious production is to be expected: it's quiet, very muddy, and the drums are nearly inaudible most of the time. There's no guitar, which leaves a single bass to carry the music, alternating between a clean tone and a distorted one that basically blows the production out completely into a crackling, clipped mess. The riffs sound like very, very basic approximations of old Saint Vitus melodies (and are of course meaningless and unmemorable) and the vocals sound like a grasp towards Ozzy-style singing, but they end up sounding more like Korn's Jonathan Davis most of the time. Occasionally harsh vocals pop up as well, but they're no better.

There's a large chance that this music is improvised, which really doesn't make it suck any less. I don't know if the point of this is to be garbage, but even if it is, it's not interesting garbage like a lot of other noisy, cassette-only bands are. It just sucks.