Lodz – Something in Us Died by Tom Payne

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: Klonosphere/Season of Mist
Distributor/label URL: http://www.klonosphere.com/main.html and http://www.season-of-mist.com
Released: 18th October 2013


Band line-up:

Ben – Bass
Eric – Vocals/Guitar
David – Guitar
Vince – Drums
1.      Detachment
Follow the Crowd
Leading the Rats
Closed Hospitals
Walking Like Shades
The Rope
Close to the Flames


From the initial drum roll to its anthemic culmination, this is a debut full-length which takes you by the hand and leads you through a dense forest of layer upon layer of artistic creativity, emotional unravelling, and melodic-yet-pounding downtuned riffs, leaving even the most seasoned veteran of the Post-Metal genre speechless, save gasping for more. ‘Something in Us Died‘, quite simply, delivers on every level – whether you’re looking for guttural and heart-felt vocals, slow and sombre melodies reminiscent of Underoath’s ‘Too Bright to See, Too Loud to Hear‘, or riffs which are sure to drown out the world and leave you feeling empowered and ready for the day ahead; there’s something for fans at either end of the Metal spectrum contained in this release.

The stand-out track and likely single for me, at least, was ‘Follow the Crowd‘: an atmospheric and heavily textured synthesis of melancholic verses erupting into an incredibly accessible melodic chorus, all the while remaining true to the paradigm of the genre; a generous use of effects, and a ton of experimentation. Lodz surrender nothing and offer everything that Post-Metal instantiates in a single track without intimidating those who may otherwise never give the genre a chance, and that’s nothing if not commendable, leaving you unprepared for the upcoming assault of ‘Leading the Rats‘.

That said, perhaps the most striking aspect of this 8-track opus is not any particular feature of any particular track, but rather the underlying  and well-known principle that seems to be in play here: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, with a recurring structure to each piece, seeping through and interconnecting each song into a brilliant and harmonious nexus.

Although it can, admittedly, verge a little on the repetitive side at times, the theme of huge, accessible, and catchy choruses alongside simple-yet-effective riffs is by no means unwelcome, as it’s a structure that’s never echoed with such forcefulness and vivacity. Eric’s harmonized and powerful vocals are complemented well in each almost-clean-yet-walking-the-dividing-line verse, and although Ben’s bass could be a little higher in the mix, it’s altogether a truly gripping release which deserves to be listened to time and again.

Review By Tom Payne