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Lachrimatory : Transient

After years of waiting and confusion, Lachrimatory finally have their album properly released on CD. And it was well worth the wait.

It has been almost four years since I reviewed the two-track promo teaser for Lachrimatory’s album Transient. Since then, there has been a lot of confusion about the album’s eventual CD release, and despite numerous inquiries from fans on our forums and through other channels, the album’s fate seemed to remain a mystery. Apparently it has been available as a download for some time, but frankly, after such a long time I cannot even begin to reconstruct the whole story, so let us concentrate on the most important thing: the album was properly released by Solitude Productions a few months ago.

In my earlier review I stated that “[i]f the remaining songs are as good as these two, we are in for a fantastic release”. So how good are the remaining songs? Well, it was well worth the wait, for none of them is a let-down – on the contrary: the album is very homogeneous both in style and quality. There are a mere few sections which drag very slightly, and those are easily forgiven considering the great songwriting and musicianship.

Almost everything I wrote back in 2011 holds true for the album as a whole, but for newer readers, let me recapitulate the band’s stylistic cornerstones: Lachrimatory are clearly rooted in Death Doom, but instead of focusing on heaviness, their music is slow throughout and flows on naturally without any sharp transitions or outbursts of aggression. As can be expected in this genre, most of the vocals are growled with a few clean support lines here and there. There is little variation to the technically strong growls, but eventually, they go well with the homogeneous flow of the songs. A cello player is part of the regular line-up, largely replacing lead guitars with his very well-composed, sometimes classically influenced lines. The guitars, on the other hand, are kept relatively simple, providing distorted power chords and a few harmonies as well as clean broken chords.

More than once, early My Dying Bride come to mind – think of the twisted atmosphere of the slower sections in “Symphonaire Infernus…”, for instance. Production-wise, however, Transient is closer to Evoken’s Embrace the Emptiness and Quietus albums: everything sounds muffled as if from a distance, and most of the instruments are drenched in reverb. Nevertheless, everything is clearly audible in the mix. This characteristic sound is a perfect match with the songwriting; together they constitute the dark, at times bleak and almost oppressive atmosphere which permeates the album from start to finish. It is largely due to this atmosphere that, despite the classical influence and the relative lack of heavy guitar punch in the mid-frequencies, I would not describe Lachrimatory as a mellow band. Their music can even be said to capture the essence of Doom. Also, despite the style’s homogeneity, it is by no means monotonous: if you listen closely enough, there are changes of rhythm and measure, well-placed syncopations, short double bass sections and beautiful calm interludes to be found throughout the album which add diversity without sounding unnatural. To top things off, the lyrics, photoshopped images and pleasantly tidy layout in the booklet nicely complement the overall mood and make this into a professional product that collectors will love to have on their shelf.

In all, Transient is a great release which leaves very little to be desired. It is immediately accessible and yet far from shallow, rewarding repeated attentive listening, and for this balancing act the band is to be applauded. They appear to be true doomsters to the core, and their music is primarily intended for the very same kind of people. Most doomsters should find this both enjoyable and interesting, unless they are radical traditionalists, of course. I do hope that we will not have to wait another four years to hear from these Brazilians again.

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Reviewer's rating: 9/10


Tracklist :
1. Seclusion
2. Lachrimatory
3. Twilight
4. Clarity
5. Deluge
6. Void

Duration : Approx. 63 minutes

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Reviewed on 2015-01-29 by Dominik Sonders
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