Lethian Dreams - Season Of Raven Words review

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Band: Lethian Dreams
Album: Season Of Raven Words
Release date: January 2012

01. Dawn
02. Wandering
03. See
04. Raven
05. White Gold
06. Invisible
07. Satyrs
08. Roads

Early this January, during the first days of 2012, Lethian Dreams returned with their second full-length, Season Of Raven Words. One could expect a bit of the same, already done before atmospheric melodic doom that blends anguished or grunting male vocals with ethereal relaxing female vocals that can be found on their debut album, but also on a hundred other releases.

Lethian Dreams this time put emphasis on the first half of their sound, the ethereal/atmospheric part, and embed a few slightly neoclassical elements more like feeling rather than part of a structure, leaving behind the "heavier" riffing and the male interpretation. On Season Of Raven Words Carline Van Roos takes over the whole vocal aspect. With her tranquil and surrounding aura she veils the soundscape and the rest of the instrumentation accompanies and completes her with emotional intensity. On one hand, the guitars possess a bittersweet sound and a lurking essence whenever they use distortion, they almost caress the vocals. On the other hand, the acoustic chords and harmonics evoke an even more gentle essence. One could notice at times a slightly shoegazing touch and/or a more goth-oriented approach. A few piano/keyboard passages add to the scenery even more without exaggerating. Just for the history, a kind of more enriched version of "White Gold" from the 2011 compilation, Just Passing By... & Unreleased Requiems, found its way in Season Of Raven Words.

If you're looking for atmospheric metal willing to tranquilize your senses with its fragile aura and hallucinating ambiance, then Lethian Dreams' latest effort could be a pleasant companion.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 9
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 7
Production: 9


Written on 04.04.2012 by "It is myself I have never met, whose face is pasted on the underside of my mind."


Comments: 6   Visited by: 109 users
04.04.2012 - 17:14
Yes this is a pleasant enough album if you like your doom sort of 'stripped down'. Short concise review yet relates exactly how the music sounds, great job!
05.04.2012 - 01:22
Dark Blood
The Avenger
I might want to check this out. Their debut wasn't bad at all, but it left me with a feeling that something was lacking. Let's hope it can be found on Season Of Raven Words.
It is humanity who must pay homage to the greatness of the Universe... not the Universe to the human narcissism.
05.04.2012 - 10:58
Merchant of Doom
I would say "only for fans"...
05.04.2012 - 13:15
Troy Killjoy
Yet another album not to get excited about from 2012... :/
Prettier than BloodTears.
07.04.2012 - 01:38
I opened this review because at first glance I perceived it as "Lesbian Dreams"...

Thanks for the review, Rozz. The band does seem promising and the song "Dawn" I'm listening to right now is good so I'm even thinking of getting to know this band more thoroughly... It's been ages since I've looked for some new musical experiences...
Go ahead, make my day...
14.04.2012 - 15:58
For some reason, this one totally hit the spot for me. One of the albums I enjoyed the most from 2012 thus far.

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