Lascar – Absence

Rating: 5/5
Distributor/label: A Sad Sadness Song
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Released: 2016
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Band line-up:

Gabriel Hugo – All Instruments & Vocals

  1. Atlas
  2. Wilderness
  3. Regions of Light
  4. Last Sea




You wouldn’t think Black Metal could be seen as a pleasant form of music; ideal to turn to when it comes to relaxing if you take it at face value. But in the last few years, Post Black Metal has been on the rise and I was delighted to discover a fairly new band all the way from Chile, South America who knew just how to soothe my woes with some extreme metal mixed with shoegazing, classical music and chord progressions.

Here we have Lascar, a one man project from Santiago and his first full length studio album which is nothing short of audible perfection. Once you turn this album on you’ll have images of cosmological myriads and space dust flowing through your head as the waves of guitars and basic drumming take you to a euphoria above all knowledge on ‘Atlas’.

Then, the flooding black metal of ‘Wilderness’ will ease the pains and anxieties which it certainly did for me as the music rises and an aurora of pleasantness takes you on and the journey continues with all the spine tingling a good blast beat can offer.

‘Regions of Light’ has lashings of early Burzum and recent bands like Old Silver Key, so this is quite a good atmospheric album, even though the atmospherics are miniscule compared to someone like Midnight Odyssey, but if you like long and progressive symphonies in your metal, this one’s for you.

And finally ‘Last Sea’ brings the journey to a climax that is psychedelic in all the right ways and will have you on a high which no illegal substance can offer. This is 34 minutes of bliss. Bliss that had me buzzing and going about my day with a smile on my face, so if you need a good meditation with some metal music, check Lascar out.


Review by Demitri Levantis