Distributor/label: Prophecy Productions
Buy Album: http://en.prophecy.de/lantlos-melting-sun.html?listtype=search&searchparam=melting
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/lantlos
Markus “Herbst” Siegenhort – Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums & Keyboards,
Felix Wylezik – Session Drums
1. Melting Sun I: Azure Chimes
2. Melting Sun II: Cherry Quartz
3. Melting Sun III: Aquamarine Towers
4. Melting Sun IV: Jade Fields
5. Melting Sun V: Oneireonaut
6. Melting Sun VI: Golden Mind
Germany-natives LANTLÖS continues on a path similar to that of ex-member Niege’s main band ALCEST in eschewing the old black metal stylings that the band were formed under, instead replacing it with softer, more ethereal, shoegazing post-metal. Before anyone can run away with the idea that the band is going soft, it should be noted that this is still a heavy record. Released by Prophecy Productions “Metling Sun”, rather than being “brutal” or any other oft-used adjective used to define the heaviness of metal, is sonically and emotionally heavy – it carries a sonic weight that presses upon you and makes for an absolute spectacle of a listen.
Markus “Herbst” Siegenhort, the band’s main man, has constructed a vast, sprawling and mesmeric piece of art. Where Niege’s ALCEST has forged on with becoming much lighter, LANTLÖS has progressed only halfway down that path. Heavy guitars remain, and solemn sections prevail often, but they are woven into a dreamy, esoteric and ethereal tapestry that is absolutely astounding. “Azure Chimes” demonstrates this wonderfully, with an almost djent-like guitar tone that winds its way between delayed clean guitars, ringing cymbals and rumbling bass whilst Herbst’s wistful singing gently imparts a degree of melancholy to proceedings. It is a hard-and-fast formula that remains throughout the album, with the exception of the lyric-less “Aquamarine Towers” – a beautiful, powerful near-instrumental that takes a leaf out of SIGUR RÓS’ book with its use of non-lexical vocables.
The album is a font a dream-like beauty from front-to-back. Wonderfully produced and dynamically conscious, it is diverse and enthralling. Even closers “Oneireonaut” and “Golden Mind”, with their complete absence of heavier guitars, still hold a dreamy quality yet still feel heavy with sheer sonic weight. This is the kind of music that you simply listen and lose yourself to – ignore the world and disappear off into the bright sunshine. “Golden Mind” even conjures scenes of gently flying through clouds – drenched in reverb, it feels ridiculously relaxed. Put this on after a hard day grinding out the 9-5 and you’ll feel yourself noticeably calming. Stunning.
It is a shame that fans of the older style of LANTLÓS will baulk at the idea of listening to a record that is markedly softer than that of what they’re used to but I’d implore them to give this a listen. Herbst writes with feeling and it shows – each track feels carefully crafted to project a sense of wonderment, majesty and flight whilst maintaining an earthly ground. Some may find the track lengths intimidating, but you really don’t notice them. They pass by in a gorgeous haze and will leave an impression on you. If your musical persuasion is on the progressive/post-genre side of things then this is highly recommended. If you aren’t that way inclined, listen anyway.