Review: Lorelei – Lore of Lies

By a committed request from listeners, we go back to 2014 to explore Lore of Lies by North Carolina Deathcore act Lorelei. A very intriguing work to merge three extreme metal genres.

“Godfather Death” is as epic a first song and band introduction as one can ask for. For most of last year, many riding upon the Make Them Suffer band wagon have been pestering forums for other bands that offer that kind of symphonic Deathcore, particularly the Lord of Woe era. Well… I can imagine many of these fans creaming their pants, for this track is very dominated by keyboard programming that could practically replace lead guitars, yet leaves plenty of room for them to shine. While there are plenty of breakdowns, the track is just barely shy of being black metal for two reasons; one being the vocals, the other being the blast beats. I’m curious though, whether or not the elitist crowd could appreciate this work.

Unfortunately, I did not find “Dunwich Horror” as inspiring. This is mostly because it paled in comparison to the previous track and felt almost like a rehash. Personally, this duration was a real chore for me to get through.

“The Mortal Immortal” is an improvement. It does take a while for it to get there, but it is about the 1:20 mark where the song actually finds it’s flow… In general, I think the only thing that’s holding this band back is the length of time it takes for a track to define its purpose. To the core kiddies, those extra fills and time changes may appear impressive, but to listeners that have heard the best of Tech Death, Symphonic Death, and the very earliest of Deathcore, these wandering and practically aimless stops and starts are incredibly annoying as they sacrifice the groove and flow of what can be an amazing song.

The tracks “The Hearse Song” and “Masque” are both breakdown tracks. This is where their style really shines for the better. What should in theory be boring and unoriginal is surprisingly catchy and sophisticated, coated with a layer of harmonies.

“Salem Town” is my second favourite. I don’t know what order they created their songs in, but I have to say that this is the track that marks the peak of their maturity as songwriters. The song flow is never sacrificed, the wankery is at a minimum, and the overall structure is suitable to complement every segment.

The final and title track “Lore of Lies” is my favourite. Very unassuming, considering it starts off with tremolo breakdowns and a somewhat funky verse. At a perfect rate, it escalates into what becomes the perfect symphony.

Well, Lore of Lies is without argument a great album. Certain bits didn’t work for me, but that’s just me. Otherwise, this album is no less deserving than an 8/10. I’m glad this album was recommended to me.

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