Lantlôs - _Neon_
(Prophecy Productions, 2010)
by: Pedro Azevedo (8 out of 10)
Touted as comparable to Amesoeurs and Alcest as post-black metal pioneers, Lantlôs also happen to feature the voice behind the aforementioned projects, courtesy of Neige. His black metal screams are very effective here, albeit hardly a distinctive choice by Lantlôs. Be that as it may, _Neon_ is the band's second full-length; not having heard their first, I am unable to comment on their evolution. Whatever path brought them here however, _Neon_ is an undeniably well crafted record.

While remaining firmly rooted in black metal and eschewing pompous symphonic adornments, Lantlôs nonetheless strive to push the boundaries of black metal. They attempt to do so by deploying different kinds of deviations throughout their songwriting, including various sprawling instrumental segues (often arguably reminiscent of post-rock), as well as clean vocals. The pace and overall feel is mostly melancholic and reflective, with sudden bursts of aggression and other atmospheric sections -- which has already been shown by the aforementioned projects to potentially suit this type of black metal instrumentation well.

As a result, _Neon_ is one of those really good albums that will be welcomed by dedicated fans, but most likely remain in the shadow of higher profile releases -- such as Alcest's recent _Écailles de Lune_ -- for those with no more than a passing interest in the subgenre.


(article published 10/10/2010)

5/30/2014 P Azevedo 7.5 Lantlôs - Melting Sun
3/4/2012 P Azevedo 8.5 Lantlôs - Agape
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