Release date: April 26, 2019
Label: Entertainment One
Lord Dying is back! After four long years, the band is back to tell us more about death, mortality, and what awaits us on the other side. The guitars on this album are absolutely stunning and nail the balance between pummeling riffs proggy interludes that so many bands strive for and fall short of. Envy the End is one of the finest metal tracks that’s been released in 2019. Moody, clean, and smooth crooning break up the syrupy riff thunder and tectonic power chords. Nearing the End of the Curling Worm starts off with mountainous thunder at breakneck speed but suddenly swerves into the proggy roominess of (dare I say it?) Pink Floyd. The guitar riff is haunting and lingered with me for days. The intro for Freed from the Pressures of Time is enjoyable and makes up half the track but hang around for the payoff around the 3-minute mark. This track shows the band stretching their wings and dabbling in psychedelic/proggy territory we’ve not yet heard on previous Lord Dying efforts. Despite these creativity, it’s comforting to see the band maintain the heaviness, we’ve come to expect.
This album gets better with each listen. I recommend giving yourself some time and listening to this record with headphones. Currently in my top metal albums of 2019. It’s that good!
Start with: 1,3, & 8.