Lantlôs release a new song from forthcoming album Melting Sun
The combination of black metal and post-rock is one that, in my opinion, had pretty much completely run its course by about mid-2011, given the amount of one-man black metal groups that forayed into that style. While everyone else was soiling themselves over Deafheaven‘s Sunbather, all I heard was a fairly average combination of dreamier post-rock and black metal elements. Post-rock/black metal is pretty much a dead horse genre that everyone is beating into the ground.
Meanwhile, I also never thought that much of German project Lantlôs either. I certainly could appreciate the way the music was put together, it was definitely above average, but never really grabbed my attention for too long.
Boy do I love being wrong in this case.
I was alerted yesterday by Heavy Blog Is Heavy to the presence of a new Lantlôs song from the upcoming new album Melting Sun, and being an open-minded fellow, I decided I should listen to it. The project now lacks the creative force of Neige of Alcest fame, who left after 2011′s Agape album. It’d be easy to think that Neige leaving would leave a great hole in the band’s sound that couldn’t be replaced, but the new song that is streaming, titled “Azure Chimes” is actually probably the best Lantlôs’ material I’ve heard. Okay, it isn’t black metal in any real sense, but the loss of Neige seems to have galvanized Herbst to really put out some good material.
“Azure Chimes” is a much warmer sound than Lantlôs has previously released, and perhaps dreamier. There are no screams or blast beats, but for anyone looking for heavier music, it delivers in spades. The opening of the track really does seem to have a lovely chime to it, and the guitar riffs are full and rich, and have a bit of a rocking feel to them. The guitar tone is beautifully metalgaze, almost like The Angelic Process. The clean vocals are really nice too, though I feel like that is one of the areas where Neige leaving hurts the band, as his cleans are exceptional. The production on the drums also really caught my attention. I love me some booming drum sounds, that this song has those.
I think I shall go back an revisit Lantlôs’ discography to see if I missed anything.