This band is just flat out cool. Death Metal is the main template but Their style makes this and their second album stand out among the masses. Just plain kick ass!!!
Favorite track: Revenant.
Imagine you're dungeon crawling, and in mid-combat a wind sorcerer extinguishes your lantern and then proceeds to shout at you in a cavernous, dungeon-shaking voice. A vortical, and claustrophobic descent into madness. 10/10 brilliant Finnish blackened death metal masterpiece.
Favorite track: From the Ruins.
There's a lot of craftsmanship and dedication here. It's not trendy or retro or worship of any kind. It's distinctive. Twenty years from now this will be a classic.
Favorite track: Entrenching Presences.
After letting the dust of their acknowledged 2011 EP settle, Finland's LANTERN have returned to deliver a new, far more epic slab of dark and atmospheric death metal performed in the ancient vein. LANTERN's debut album "Below" is a relentless plunge into the unfathomable darkness these compositions are born of, presented in the band's unique style of carefully crafted yet filthy and morbid metal. Compiling seven strongly distinct macabre tales and covering thirty-eight minutes, "Below" is a definitive statement of a band in top form and demonstrates that death's not dead.
Listening to this, I felt as though roots had grown up from the Abyss, burrowed through the soles of my feet into my veins, and proceeded to syphon my soul down into a putrid cavernous expanse where, in the dank recesses at the bottom, a menagerie of hideous and terrifying beasts were ready to gnaw and crush my soul into oblivion. I love this record! Peter Christian N. Skov