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Loneshore : From Presence To Silence

Loneshore's debut is a wonderfully crafted Progressive Metal album that is a bit short on the DOOM but full of introspection and energy.

Brazilian band Loneshore are relative newcomers to the scene, being formed in 2014, but man oh man, do they ever conduct themselves like pros! I must admit at being very impressed immediately with the skill each individual musician possesses. From the airy clean guitars to the bass melodies hidden underneath these guys clearly know how to play. What we have here is a band that clearly has a vision and worked their asses off for it! Lets get in depth, shall we!

First off let me start off by saying that for a debut the music is very ambitious. There is not a single weak link technically and since we are talking about a band who draws heavily from Prog it's to be expected. So how's the writing you ask? Well, most of it its excellent. There are a few tracks that have less impact then others but the band is playing with such passion that you will hardly notice. The actual shifts in tonality are impressive where the guitars can be playing some more dissonant passages but flow nicely into something more melodic. There's even emotional building that often ends with beautifully plucked guitars that create a emotional release that will keep you coming back for more. Actually, I really get the feeling these guys like the Prog era of Enslaved. I hear a lot of influence in the guitars and especially the vocals.

I'd like to take a moment to talk about my personal favourite 'Winds Of Ill Omen'. The hooks and writing displayed here are phenomenal. It manages to be catchy, progressive, heavy and beautiful all at once. The first time I heard the song I had to listen to it like 10 times before I moved on. I'd say thats a hard win on their part…Especially when the song is 8:30 minutes long. In fact, despite the track lengths I never once thought a section overstayed its welcome on ANY of the songs. But I digress …I want to mention that the vocals are clearly the star of 'Winds Of Ill Omen' but the rest of the band remains interesting without taking anything away from the lead vocals. Now THAT is impressive song writing!

Production wise the entire band has a spot on the sonic spectrum without stepping on anyones toes. If I had a complaint it would be the heavy sound is somewhat dry. It's tough to really experiment sonically with such complex music so it's to be expected. You won't have any problem focusing on an individual instrument if you wanted to really hear the intricacies, nor will anything overpower the others. Very important in Progressive music so I understand the sacrifice! During the instrumental 'Daylight' the sounds are experimented with initially, but once the heavy guitars show up much of that disappears. In general the cleans, acoustics and keys sparkle and have just enough air and reverb on them to make the more introspective sections really stand out, but the heavier bits are a bit generic sounding.

Now I have to point out that I feel like this is more of a melodic Prog/Death album than a Progressive Death/Doom one. Doomsters will find the tempo stays very brisk for most of the album with things only really slowing down for the clean introspective sections. The Opeth, mid-era Katatonia and later-era Enslaved influences are very prominent and if you're into that sort of thing you'll most definitely like this album; if you've gone into it expecting a slow heavy Doom album you'll be disappointed. But if you don't mind a bit of progressive melodic Metal now and then you should definitely check this one out!

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Reviewer's rating: 8/10


Tracklist :
1.The Quiet Visitor
3.Winds Of Ill Omen
4.Until The Last Of Hopes
6.From Presence To Silence

Duration : Approx. 55 minutes

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Reviewed on 2019-12-02 by Eli Elliott
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