Imagine if Sebastien Grainger formed an Afghan Whigs/Jane’s Addiction tribute band with the sole intention of playing the songs in the style of progressive black metal (sans-shrieking). Wonder no more, because Lydia Laska is the sum of those parts, and more. If this is the direction black metal is going, and with the excellent work from Kvelertak (also from Stavanger) taking a similar approach (if less progressive), then I welcome it. There is a wonderful looseness on display here; songs twist and turn with a high level of precision, noise, and, curiously, funk. It's adventurous music like this that keeps my interest, and my faith, in music high. Not only that, but it inspires me to improve on my own work as a musician. And, surely, there can be no greater aspiration for a band than to evoke such a response. Exciting times people, exciting times.
Review by Steve Cowan
18th Oct 2010
1) Electric Shower
6) Could I Have a Go On Your Girl, Please
7) No Lids
9) It Never Ends
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
"There is a wonderful looseness on display here; songs twist and turn with a high level of precision, noise, and, curiously, funk."