Lost Soul - _Scream of the Mourning Star_
(Relapse, 2001)
by: Pedro Azevedo (9 out of 10)
Try to imagine a less adventurous version of Lux Occulta's _My Guardian Anger_ [CoC #48] written and played by Vader. Done? Probably not, because Lux Occulta are still not as well known as they deserve to be. But never mind, Lost Soul don't really sound similar to them anyway -- it's more their approach to writing extreme metal that seems to have a few things in common with Lux Occulta's. _Scream of the Mourning Star_ is fast -- very fast -- and quite unpredictably varied at times. Most of the time, though, Lost Soul just unleash their highly energetic, technical and rather memorable turbo-charged death metal; but then they can throw you off with some unexpected twist or turn every once in a while. The sheer velocity of their playing and the intensity of their music really allow the band to pull off these tricks. Their drummer is not only lightning-quick, he also refuses to rely exclusively on his kickdrums for speed and impact; powerful vocals and guitars complete a faultless mix, to which unobtrusive keyboard passages are occasionally added. This is one seriously potent and enjoyable death metal record from Poland. As a matter of fact, and even though I realize Vader have written some superb tracks in the past, overall I enjoy _Scream of the Mourning Star_ better than any Vader album to date.

[Paul Schwarz: "I'll put it simply: the best Polish death metal album since _De Profundis_ and a hot favourite for best death metal album of the year. Stunning."]

(article published 12/8/2001)

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