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LYKAION - Heavy Lullabies - CD - Inverse Records - 2015
Heavy Lullabies is missing the target by a mile, in terms of how
befitting the album title is in relation to the music, as it is neither heavy
nor lullabies-centric. Heavy Lullabies is a watered down, classic (i.e.
cliché ridden) hard rock that flirts with heavy metal. Mostly, however,
it indulges in heavy petting the abominable "alternative" rock genre.
But can you take a minus and a minus and make it a plus? That is, can you take
lackluster hard rock, couple it with alternative rock and hope the outcome
would become even mildly appealing?
This album does not totally suck (but for the most part, it does), as there
are some merits to be found here as well: the shoegaze occasional allusion, the
brief, badass heavy metal aversions, and the ballads which glare with nostalgia
But these are only fleeting glimpses into what could have been, had the band
went one direction instead of the other. Why the hell does an aspiring,
half-decent, heavy metal band need to incorporate the lame weakling known as
"alternative rock" into their music? This foreign element is a party crusher,
if there ever was one.
So whenever a cool melody has been established - one you really like and
enjoy listening to - Oasis suddenly appears right in front of your face,
mocking whatever hope you had for good entertainment.
They say life's too short to be spending it on bad books, bad movies and bad
music. If one could separate the great from the limp and listen only to the best
parts of Heavy Lullabies - this album would have been a journey of joy
and wonder. But since the good is inseparable from the bullshit, we cannot
wholeheartedly recommend it. Life's too short.(5/10)
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