Comparisons of bands to other, more famous, more trend-setting bands are a dime-a-dozen, with Coalesce naming an album about this and that ideas are currently recycled and have been thought of before. It is a problem for many subjects today as it perpetuates a stagnation that is not there, and also name drops bands to which the subject has nothing to do with.
I agreed to review the newest album “Deads” by Danish band LLNN, due to the comparison to phenomenal band Botch in the email. Judging by my opening statement, this was far from the truth. LLNN are nothing like Botch other than having parts that are syncopated and off-time. While this name dropping is problematic, it doesn’t mean that there isn’t a great band underneath, which is what happened with this album.
LLNN are heavy. They are not intricate but heavy, like a cinder block on pavement and a brick to the skull. Subtle this band is not, and this album showcases this. From the first track “Despots” and its opening riff and screamed vocals, to the ending of the last song “Deads,” there is nothing hinted at or hidden.
But not all is bricks and pummeling, as there are soundscapes provided by the band for a couple of tracks on the album. This allows some breathing room and allows the listener a break from the music, allowing appreciation and a quiet respite before returning to murder you dead.
I will not lie, I thoroughly enjoyed this album as it combined brutal awesomeness with well written music. The lyrics also are angry and heavy, having a caustic fighting edge to them that serve to enhance the bitterness of the music.
The only problem that others may have with this album is the fact that it can have instances of drone and repetition, which may push off some people.
All in all, this album is proper and punishing, showcasing a band that is relatively new, but showing a maturity as well as an ability to grow. Check this band and album out, as these guys are taking you along for a ride, whether you like it or not. That isn’t a bad thing. In fact, I already paid for the ride.
Release Date and Label: April 2018 on Pelagic Records
For Fans Of: Norma Jean from “Bless the Martyr, Kiss the Child,” Some parts of Amenra, some parts of Cult of Luna
Favorite Track (s): “Despots,” “Armada“