LUNAR PATH “Memento Mori” (2012)

May 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

Artist -Lunar Path
Album – Memento Mori
Label – Inverse Records
Year – 16th of March 2012

1. The Beginning and the End
2. Promise Me
3. We’ll be There
4. The One Behind the Mirror
5. Thin white Lines
6. In the End (Feat JP Leppäluoto)
7. Dead Weight
8. Farewell to Arms
9. The Only Way Out is Through
10. Walls are Whispering (Feat Attila Csihar)
11. Close the Door
12. Nothing to Regret
13. Drag Me Down to Hell (Feat Tuomas Saukkonen)
14. Who are you Talking to?
15. River Runs Deep

Forming in late 2006 this Finland melodic metal band has set about to create a new type of metal whilst modifying what we all know as traditional melodic/gothic metal. The album has been crammed full of acclaimed musicians and vocalists featuring that of ‘Attila Csihar’ (Mayhem, Aborym), ‘Tuomas Saukkonen’ (Before The Dawn, Black Sun Aeon), ‘JP Leppäluoto’ (Charon, Northern Kings, Harmaja) and ‘Antti Leskinen’ (Fatal Sound Project, Chained, Murena) With only a few Demo’s and Ep’s before them, all efforts were put into place for ‘Memento Mori’.

The band became victims of arson in early 2010 when a person intentionally set fire to the ground floor of their practice flat whilst the band was playing, trapping them upstairs. During the attempt to reach safety guitarist and album producer Jonas Eriksson sustained severe damage to his foot, but luckily nobody else was hurt in the fire. The band didn’t spend their time crying over spilled milk as a few months later the band toured Scandinavia supporting Deathstars and ex-Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di’Anno; with Eriksson playing the entire tour sitting down with his broken leg in a cast.

Although we “almost” have a strong sense of Symphonic metal here, everything seems to be lost behind the vocals. As song by song plays there really seems to be no new definition to the sound or the overall layout. A few elements of heavy metal here and there, and almost some leading music but that’s about it which is a shame. It feels as though the concept album is going through a transitional stage where by everything is lost with no real direction but the premise for what they are trying to achieve is there and should eventually come to light.

‘In the End’ has a very strange combination of vocals between the lead and backing with the oddest layers I’ve come across in a long time. It almost feels like a pop song and I wouldn’t be surprised if I heard it in the local charts. The lead vocals are very nasal driven, feel ‘squeaky’ and lose tone from time to time but thankfully continuity does exist within the pianos and music at least.

Although I was not impressed by this album at all, it is really dedicated to fans of Dark rock/metal/heavy pop (if the genre exists).

For me, there was no “Come and get me” in this album, nothing keeping me interested. But I’d say, make up your own minds, it may suit some of you.

4/10

Reviewed by Dylan Raine

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