So let me introduce Lethvm, Belgian sludge doom band number Idunno. Slow riffs, harsh screams, a suffocating atmosphere and another massive statement of pure catharsis. Formed in 2015, these youngsters follow a similar path as the aforementioned bands and add their own touch.
The album opens with the drony intro 'Impetus' before 'Wandering At Dawn' blasts off with the intensity of a horde of wild buffalos. At this point, this reminds me of the latest Amenra album as it showcases many similarities. Both acts have similar riffs, similar vocals and a similar atmosphere. That's probably why they play the same genre. However, gradually, Lethvm start showing that they are not an Amenra rip-off or copycat. Soon they take the listener on a brutal and harsh journey along their own sorrows. Clean, almost shamanic vocals come in, and so do these long, exercising doom passages.
In 'Winter's Journey' they even manage to surpass many of their colleagues as far as intensity and fearfulness are concerned. Here, the vocalist really starts screaming his lungs out. Then he puts them back in and starts all over again. I don't like this but I'm an old man who isn't too fond of these kind of vocals. Yet, I do know that tonnes of young people out there are really obsessed by this kind of music, and that is a good thing. It's like my obsession with melodic doom metal, something Lethvm also knows a thing or two about. In 'The Shades Of Minerva' they showcase some brilliant doom passages and that I do like.
These guys will be playing Dunk! festival in a few months. They'll probably play the smaller of the two stages, which will be perfect for them. I'm already certain that this gig will be an explosive one, one of those Dunk gigs that hundreds of people will remember for the rest of their lives. For that gig, I'm mostly looking forward to hearing closer 'Ejla' while most audience members will undoubtedly go berzerk on 'An Encounter With The Sun'. So yes, this album comes highly recommended for every fan of sludge doom. It's simply one of those gems from young talent that you can't miss out on. Yes, I see a bright future for Lethvm.