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Letargy Dream : 2

Sometimes you’re surprised. Sometimes you can’t clearly understand why you can’t find any valuable information on a band; no decent comments…no proper reviews on its work. There are such mysteries about wonderful Doom acts like Ysigim, Quasar, Cold Embrace, Great Coven and other more than worthwile bands. Maybe, in an elan of vanity, I could say that the audience doesn’t deserve them. Well, bullshit. Anyway, I still don’t get it.

Letargy Dream is one of those forgotten talents that suffer from a cruel lack of exposure. Let’s give them some light here, because their music definitively demands that.

Letargy Dream is a russian Melodic Death Doom band. Not of the weeping kind, much more of the progressive hypnotic aggressive one, if it exists. The long track that opens their second album is a pure demonstration of their ability to build a song filled with rich and enthusiastic rythmic ideas: it’s insistent, heavy, and evanescent. The guitars can deliver some simple light lines and the next time drop fat notes that fall on your head like nuclear bombs. This is crushing as hell! The voice is a raspy grunt, aggressive and yet modulated enough to stay interesting. Some original samples of a train running on its trails bring a curious prosaic touch that helps to propel the mind into the dark journey that Letargy Dream organise with a sense of refinement and a melodic virtuosity you only find in the best works of the genre.

When the singer tries some more melodic lines, using a tragic and a bit theatrical clear voice, hand in hand with a sparkling effect at the guitar, you only can enjoy it. I have listened to tons of Doom, and I know when something sounds good. Letargy Dream has released with ‘2’ more than a good album; this is excellent!

The song writing alternates the savage parts and the more subtle ones always with a remarkable sense of dynamic that helps to avoid repetition and ultimately induces a feeling of energy and of a relative positivity that sounds fresh and unusual in the genre it stands for. This is warmly recommended.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Сингулярность
2. Новый День Никогда Не Наступит
3. Уран

Latin transliteration (English translation in parenthesis):
1. Singulyarnost (Singularity)
2. Novyi Den' Nikogda ne Nastupit (New Day Will Never Come)
3. Uran (Uranus)

Duration : Approx. 57 minutes.

Visit the Letargy Dream bandpage.

Reviewed on 28-05-2009 by Bertrand marchal
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