(In this post TheMadIsraeli reviews the debut album by North Carolina’s Lorelei.)
Symphonic deathcore at this point really seems like the new direction for the style. While, no doubt, there have been symphonic deathcore bands before, the best of the bunch of the new blood is tending to sway toward a more symphonic or ambient direction (Aegaeon, Ovid’s Withering) and they’ve produced some killer releases in the process.
I’ve been fucking drooling over the wait for Lorelei’s debut Lore of Lies. I loved the band’s music from the very minute when I first I heard it, after they released their first two recorded songs, “Godfather Death” and “The Dunwich Horror”, and have awaited this album eagerly. Guitarist Aaron Pace is someone I’ve been in contact with for a while, since before they put up anything. I had to occasionally check in with the usual harassment about the whereabouts of the album itself. For me, it felt like it was taking forever.
Simply put, Lorelei should be noted as one of the bright new faces of deathcore. The music is like a jackhammer to your spine; it’s majestic and blistering at once, with no show of mercy. What really explains Lorelei’s success, though, is that they realize the strengths, and also the weaknesses, of their style.