Loss - Horizonless ( 2017 )
As the result of long-term procrastination, for more than a month I completely forgot to review this album, which is quite lame considering how much beauty can be found within Loss' material. Just like their previous works, even here
there is the same search for a sordid and visceral sound and the desire to dig into their blacker emotions, but with a little bit more vivacity. Nine tracks for an abundant hour of music and a well-defined idea at the heart of everything: to exploit the evocative power of the interaction between full, organic sounding guitars and a spontaneous vocal range in wide-ranging structures which includes plots that are free to expand without any compression or saturation. We do start with funeral bases and doom-death, although more than one piece shows rhythmic variations, ascents of intensity, harmonies and balances between discomfort and pure desperation each moment: at times the speed becomes more sustained and yet we encounter even more black metal contaminations. The vocal section, in particular, has become the protagonist of a clear improvement over the past, marrying the growl with unpublished screams, a cold and detached speech and the interventions of some guests, including Wrest (Leviathan), Stevie Floyd (Dark Castle) and producer Billy Anderson. Imagine the same evocative power of Mournful Congregation with a sound but a little more open and "dynamic", not far from what recently exposed by other notable realities like Bell Witch and Lycus. However, they do not need ping-pong flights or bold experiments to hit the mark: a clear, definite artistic idea, talent in writing and making songs / mini-suites with a sense of accomplishment and the ability to show a strong emotional authenticity, this is what they do have undeniably. One of the best doom metal albums you'll ever listen, and paradoxically fun to listen.
Top song: All grows on teard
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