MPR Review Of Lahmia-Resilience (by Joshua Kruszyna)

Of all the sub-genres of metal, I think melodic death metal has to be one of my favorites. It contains all of the elements that I think make a great metal song – melodic guitar riffs, pounding drums that often features blast beats, and ferocious harsh vocals. I absolutely love the dichotomy of a catchy melody with unbounded aggression. That’s why I’m pleased to report that the new album by Lahmia, “Resilience,” is pure melodic death metal bliss, and one the best new albums I’ve heard this year.   

 The second the album starts, you know you’re in for a banger. “Elegy for a Dying Sun” starts things off with such a catchy riff that it’ll be stuck in your head for days. Complemented by ruthless drum-work and rumbling vocals that evoke memories of Amon Amarth, the song relentlessly plows on until about three minutes in, where it transitions to an atmospheric passage with clean guitars. The instrumentation and composition is extremely tight. Track 2, “Her Frantic Call,” mixes things up a bit with a riff that sounds almost like something off of As I Lay Dying’s earlier albums. It’s a perfect blend of melo-death and metalcore, and it had me smiling from start to finish. The variety continues with track 3, “Divde et Impera,” which ditches the metalcore riffs for something more thrash-inspired. The vocals are particularly evil on this track, transitioning from deep gutturals to roaring highs. Track 4 continues this trend, with an added focus on the bassist, courtesy of some tasty bass lines.   

 Track 5, “Void of Humiliation,” changes it up in a big way by moving in an almost doom metal direction, with darker-sounding riffs and a plodding pace. Each song thus far has shown these guys successfully melding their melo-death sound with other metal sub-genres, and it keeps the album sounding simultaneously consistent and fresh. Track 6, “The Age of Treason,” is an 11+ minute epic that begins with a marching drum beat and driving riff that spends over two minutes establishing the tone. Multiple guitar solos and time signature changes give this song a prog-metal edge, and prevents the song from overstaying its welcome. It’s actually refreshing that the following track, “Limitless,” is a no-frills tune that doesn’t stray far from the core tenants that make melodic death metal one of my favorite genres of music. The album wraps up with “Existential Vastness,” the most experimental track thus far. Featuring spacey-sounding guitar leads, low-pitched vocals that unironically remind me of Nathan Explosion, and clean passages that sound like they were ripped straight off of an Opeth record, it’s an excellent way to cap off a great record.   

 With “Resilience,” Lahmia have definitely shown the vitality of the melodic death metal genre, as well as their own ability to stretch the boundaries of their sound. The production is fantastic throughout, and the musicianship is impeccable. I’m stoked to see what lies ahead for these guys. Make sure to give their music a listen at https://open.spotify.com/album/0tGZgIIDAhoEzVWLNArwP7#_=_

Overall Sound – 9 out of 10 (melodic death metal at its absolute finest, with a sprinkling of numerous other sub-genres of metal mixed in for good measure)

Vocal Style – 8 out of 10 (harsh vocals that span the spectrum of highs and lows – with minimal clean vocals to boot!)

Overall Song Composition – 9 out of 10 (all eight songs impressively strike the right balance between traditional and cutting-edge)

Originality – 9 out of 10 (the aforementioned fusion of sub-genres with their melo-death tendencies give Lahmia a sound all their own) ReplyForward

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