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Saint Vitus : Lillie: F-65

Saint Vitus' new full-length is a simple album, with simple songs and some great choruses that you'll have some hard time to get out of your head.



Of course, for those who are too young to have known those great times that were the 90's, this release will just be yet another reformation of an old band. But for us who are now in our late 30's/early 40's, this is more like welcoming old friends. Of course, Saint Vitus have been quite active with live shows and reunion tours since 2003, but a new album was really missing to welcome back into the fold one of the most legendary US Doom Metal bands. The single 'Blessed Night' released earlier this year was already a good indication of what we could expect from the band, and Saint Vitus don't disappoint us.

It all starts with the song 'Let Them Fall', that has also been graced with a fine video. And from the first riff to the first moan from Wino, we know that all is exactly as it must be. Nothing has changed during the 17 years that have passed since the release of 'Die Healing'. There will be no surprises, no modern production, no tendancy to appeal to the newest and youngest fans. Saint Vitus in1990 is Saint Vitus in 2012. The world has changed, and Saint Vitus has still some strong words to say about it (just read the lyrics of 'Let Them Fall' or 'Dependence' and see that the more things change and the more they stay the same) and they do it with the same passion as in the 80's. The guitars are heavy as you want them to be, and it's pretty much impressive to hear Dave Chandler still being able to come up with such simple yet memorable riffs : I’ve heard so many young Doom bands simply recycling ideas from Chandler's work, and yet the guy still manages to find new ways to use older patterns. This is the hallmark of great musicians that you can immediately recognize from the first note who is playing. The only ‘bad marks’ I could give are really some whining from my part : the album is damn too short, and the closing instrumental 'Withdrawal' (3,33 minutes of larsens) is quite useless. But the rest of the songs are so good that even those small flaws cannot diminish the pleasure of listening to this album again, and again, and again...

'Lillie : F-65' is a simple album, with simple songs and some great choruses that you'll have some hard time to get out of your head, and yet it's better than a lot of albums in the classic Doom genre that have been released over the past years. It's what we were expecting from Saint Vitus, and more. It's just perfect in its simplicity. This goes beyond being more than just a good 'return album' : it's a family reunion between a band and those who have never forgotten them. Welcome back, guys: we've been missing you.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated

Information

Tracklist :
34,29 minutes 1. Let Them Fall
2. The Bleeding Ground
3. Vertigo
4. Blessed Night
5. The Waste Of Time
6. Dependence
7. Withdrawal

Duration : Approx. 35 minutes

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Reviewed on 2012-04-19 by Laurent Lignon
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