Thursday, February 27, 2014
LIGHTLESS MOOR: "The Poem"
Label: Wormhole Death 2014
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom
Lightless Moor from Italy are working hard to blend in with the traditional Goth Metal concept on their debut album. It's the strange and beautiful fantasy story of a poetess and her intriguing poem about the Count's curse (skip one letter?) which also include everything from classic love, art, sacrifice, madness, and eventually death of course.
It's mainly the project and original creation of Ilaria Falchi (vocals) as she aim to set up the old style Goth/Symphonic Metal band (in 2005), only with the sensative personal touch and rather complex arrangement. It's however the very stereo-typical two lead singers line-up where the female voice (Ilaria) works in the semi-operatic style and the male singer aka Fedrico Mura (also guitars) growls like an ogre in heat (Death Metal-ish). Have we heard it all before? Yeah... way too many times as of lately and it's the rather tiresome team building set up in the woods.
The haunting concept, over-the-top vocal performances and hint of Doom Metal may just attract the listener as they also explore the darker side of metal (lyrically). "The Poem" has proved conclusively that there is room for another concept story in Goth Metal. But as with anything, they need to be used with skill and the original touch. Any room in your heart for yet another female fronted Goth act? Alas, if Lightless Moor was a glimpse of hope, there's still a long way to go to the top of the genre. Not too shabby.