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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 and erotica.

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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Heavy Lullabies

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