Before reviewing this album, actually, as most of my “reviews” are, a personal opinion and view on the release, allow me to speak a few words about Lantlôs. Unfortunately the band seems to be always compared to Alcest, and worse, it is was if Lantlôs had been considered something inferior, almost like a clone band. And then, Neige becomes involved with Lantlôs as well. The defenders of this theory were already certain about their thoughts. Now what I think about all of this:
In my humble opinion, both bands are great and I love both works. I have nothing against Neige at all (I even interviewed him before the Alcest got so famous) and I own and cherish all Alcest releases, but, I truly believe that, for Lantlôs, it was better to part away with him. As I mentioned before, it looked like, to some, that Lantlôs became a side-project for Neige and not a band on its own, a living and independent entity. So, we have two outstanding bands, each one working on their albums, on their concerts, making the best they can for us, the listeners.
As I stated before, it’s just an opinion, and a modest one. I’m not the world’s most important specialist on metal/ rock/ bands; I’m just a fan that truly appreciates “extreme” and also experimental music for almost two decades. But, like I said, I try to increase my knowledge more and more everyday. My opinion might be totally wrong, but, hey, it’s just one more statement among thousands. I say once again. It was much better for Lantlôs not to feature Neige as a band member anymore.
And now for the release. First, I’ll give you some information on the editions that you might order and also let you know how the band’s label describes Lantlôs music, then I’ll share my views. You can order the album on the following versions: Vinyl Gatefold LP, Super Jewelbox CD or Artbook CD+DVD. Prophecy productions describes this album as “Melting Sun” paints warm, oneiric vistas in bright hues, where dream mingles with reality and all details merge into majestic entities of colour and shape.”
My modest views about the album: it is gorgeous, terrific. The dream-like mood and atmospheric feeling makes you feel like in a magical world. It’s indeed quite a change on Lantlôs music. As the album “goes by”, you drift away into the almost languid pace. It draws you into its aura. Even though it can be melancholic and mysterious, Melting Sun actually relaxes you. As you all might know by now (or surely knows), the band plays a sort of Post-Metal. You can’t really describe it, as the sound is very unique, it’s just to give you an idea of what Melting Sun is about. Clean vocals, a warm guitar work, an impressive recording quality production creates are elements of this magnificent masterpiece. As I type this review, I’m listening again to Melting Sun and I just have to say, it’s stunning, it’s indeed beautiful!
The main aspect that most people found negative is the vocals. Forgive me, but I have to disagree with them. I believe that the vocals fit the music perfectly well. For some it sounded a bit monotonous, but, in a way, with the album’s atmosphere, the intention was not to put too much emotion on them. I’m just guessing here for an explanation of what people think that might be the reason the vocals are “lacking emotion”. And like everything in life, we can always improve and so can Herbst’s vocals. But, still on this subject, there’s one thing that I miss on both bands, the black metal vocals. There’s no need, for these bands, to have songs completely filled with Black Metal vocals, but rather, a few here and there, just to create some mood would be nicer.
If you enjoy (ed) Lantlôs for its dark and cold music, you might be disappointed by Melting Sun, but give it a try, the album is indeed very interesting and passionate. I really loved it.
Album: Melting Sun (2014)
Label: Prophecy Productions
1. Melting Sun I: Azure Chimes
2. Melting Sun II: Cherry Quartz
3. Melting Sun III: Aquamarine Towers
4. Melting Sun IV: Jade Fields
5. Melting Sun V: Oneironaut
6. Melting Sun VI: Golden Mind
Markus Siegenhort – Vocals, Guitars, Bass
Cedric Holler – Guitars, Vocals
Felix Wylezik – Drums
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