It’s nice when a band themselves drop me a line and say “check out my band!”. It’s even nicer when they’re as good as Lightless Moor, whose album The Poem – Crying My Grief to a Feeble Dawn was released just over a week ago.
Checking their facefart page, I read the following in their bio:
“Ilaria Falchi wanted to create a gothic metal band following old productions of bands of that background, but with a personal and more complex reinterpretation on the melodies and riffs. Her idea was to mix several influences, new sounds, sweet and romantic melodies and rough and extreme riffs. So music and lyrics play a dance of opposites…”
This saves me typing a lot of stuff up, because Ilaria has managed this exactly. Rather than merging two styles, Lightless Moor have them competing against one another within a single song. It’s kind of like watching a musical where one character is singing, and is then countered by another with a much harsher voice. For the culture buffs amongst you, think “Master of the House” from Les Miserables when Mme Thenardier sticks her oar in.
And they say you don’t get culture on this page.
It does make Lightless Moor a little unusual at first, but only because of the fact that it’s not a sound I think I’ve heard elsewhere before. Once the style settles in your head, you realise that it works – and very well indeed.
The best way to get this across is to leave you with an example. So here’s “Chained To A Dismal Chant”. For more info on the band, check the aforementioned facefart page or their own official web site.