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LANTLOS is a post metal act that was founded in 2005 by Herbst and Angrrau in Rheda, Germany. Arriving on the scene as a black metal act with some level of experimentation, they released a demo in 2008 as well as a self-titled full length album. Angrrau and their vocalist Alboin left the band shortly afterewards. For the next album, ''.neon'', Neige of ALCEST fame joined this group as the vocalist, providing both harsh and clean vocals while the music evolved further into experimental territory with jazzy drum patterns and drifting, dreamlike passages, all performed by Herbst. Released in 2010, it marked a transition in the band's sound and focus, and with the following year's ''Agape'', the slower paced post rock sensibilities became a major aspect of their identity. Before recording ''Melting Sun'', Herbst, now going under the name Markus SIEGENHORT, decided that he wanted to provide the vocals, resulting in an amicable split with Neige, while new members Felix WYLEZIK and Cedric HOLLER joined performing drums and guitar respectively. ''Melting Sun'' was released in 2014, with the black metal influences of earlier efforts all but completely absent.

Their music currently resides somewhere within the post metal genre, but with strong influences from krautrock and dream-pop while retaining an abrasive guitar tone, and the vocals are also spacey, without the harsh wails that permeated through their early output. The band does share some similarities that could be compared to ALCEST, but for the most part the evolution of their music has resulted in LANTLOS achieving an unusual genre-bending style of their own that fans of psychedelic and post metal should check out.

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3.45 | 12 ratings

Melting Sun
Lantlos Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars LANTLOS are a Post-Metal band out of France and this is their fourth studio album. Gone are the extreme vocals of previous works as the vocals we do get sound reserved and off in the distance. I suppose they mixed them a little lower on purpose. Neige from ALCEST joined the band doing the vocals on their second and third recordings but there was a mutual parting of the ways before this album. Love the cover art by the way along with the song titles.

"Azure Chimes" opens with picked guitar but it turns powerful rather quickly. This is dark and melancholic. A guitar starts playing a melody over top then we hear vocals for the first time 2 minutes in. I like this. Catchy stuff 4 minutes in as the vocals step aside. The calm before 5 minutes reminds me of KATATONIA early in their careers. It kicks back in again. Nice. "Cherry Quartz" opens with picked guitar and atmosphere then it kicks into gear at 1 1/2 minutes. It settles back but it's still heavy until we get a calm 3 minutes in. It kicks back in again at 5 minutes then the vocals arrive before 6 minutes. I like the tone of the vocals here.

"Aquamarine Towers" is dark with distorted guitars early on. It turns powerful before 2 minutes and vocals follow sounding off in the distance. This is mostly instrumental though. I like hearing the guitars play different lines on "Jade Fields". Lots of atmosphere too. Vocals before 3 minutes. A calm late as it blends into "Oneironaut" where this calm continues with lots of atmosphere throughout. "Golden Mind" is a drifting and melancholic track with reserved vocals. I like how the atmosphere turns louder later on.

If your into melancholic down-tuned guitar led music this is worth a shot. 3.5 stars as I can't pull the trigger on 4 stars.

 Melting Sun by LANTLOS album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.45 | 12 ratings

Melting Sun
Lantlos Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Gallifrey

4 stars Lantlôs were one of the many bands that French musician Neige brought to the forefront in the original blackgaze movement, but were honestly the only one I could never really get into. I guess I didn't really give them an awful lot of time, but of the one album I heard (2010's .neon), I wasn't entirely enthralled by the heavy reliance on harsh vocals and black metal riffing, but I understand if Neige wanted an output to throw his most kvlt and frostbitten music. But now, come 2014, Neige has left the band to continue full-time with Alcest, giving Markus Siegenhort (aka Herbst) full control over the band and its direction. And honestly, the way he's taking it is a tad ironic.

Melting Sun, as essentially a shoegaze/post-rock record with metal undertones, points rather directly at Shelter, the latest record from Alcest, both in its production, use of fully clean vocals, absence of blast beats, and gloriously sunny cover. Although Alcest managed to avoid this by only have sun in their cover, Lantlos have buried themselves straight into the new blackgaze subgenre of Pinkgaze ♥ ♥ ♥ (yes the hearts are part of the name), following the likes of Deafheaven and An Autumn for Crippled Children down into a blissful sea of pink and gaze.

But as much as this record does seem to be following a trend, I do like it, although not quite as much as the latest Alcest album. Markus makes his point of difference particularly in his vocal delivery, as well as some rather post-metal like heavy sections, with nearly no black metal to be found. The one thing that this album does that a lot of these nu-gaze albums are missing is clear vocals. I'll admit I'm a fan of a [&*!#]ton of reverb in my music, and I do love the Alcest records where you honestly can't hear a single part of the vocals, but it's just become a cliché. To hear the singing hear float so nicely over the instrumentation, clear in tone and in lyric, is a real breath of fresh air, for the same reasons I praised Neal Halstead's inclusion in the latest Alcest record. And it brings the vocal melodies so far forward, too - and there are some stunning ones here. The ending of "Cherry Quartz" brings some wonderful vocals in after a long (and oftentimes tedious) post-rock build for the first half. And the melody is absolutely beautiful, in every way, rivaling some of Alcest's best melodies at their peak. It lifts the song up so much, and nearly forgives that meandering intro with its beauty. But honestly, if I have a nitpick, it's that I don't really like the thick and almost djenty bass tone that comes through this part - it should be smoother, dreamier.

And that's the other thing - the heavy tones on this record. During some of the more metal sections of this album, evident during "Azure Chimes" as well as the first half of the aforementioned "Cherry Quarts", the tones are huge and meaty, reminding me the most of Russian Circles, and even pushing ever so slightly into djenty sounds - although the guitars are certainly never used in a djent-like fashion. And while it's a nice change to the blurred and frantic blast beats and tremolo riffs that many blackgaze bands utilise, I can't say it's honestly all too good, or all too fitting with this kind of music.

My other big issue with this album is how sometimes it feels like it simply isn't trying. I'll admit that I love the melodies and the chord progressions to bits, but sometimes there just is such a lack of energy in it, particularly in the wanky first half of "Cherry Quartz", as well as the last couple of tracks. They're all pleasant listening, as music of this style generally tends to be, but I can't really enjoy them more than that ? as ambient background noise. There are obviously other nitpicks that I have - "Aquamarine Towers" fading out is a completely stupid decision, the china cymbal in "Azure Chimes" is massively distracting, and all the songs have pretty much the same intro with the same building ambience.

On the whole, the melodies and brilliant emotions on this record definitely outweigh the annoying aesthetic decisions with the way they are arranged, and it's definitely a solid album worth your time. If you're sick of shoegaze having indiscernible vocals, then this is a must-hear, or maybe if you're a fan of Russian Circles-style post-metal, but I know that the melody that closes "Cherry Quartz", as well as the main one in "Jade Fields" are amongst the best melodies I've heard this year.


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