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Les Lekin
(Died With Fear)
2017
Staff Rating: Crank this to 9.3 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre:
Heavy psych rock
Sounds Like:
Elder, Glowsun, Russian Circles
Heavy psych instrumentalists Les Lekin have returned with a monumental follow-up to 2014’s All Black Rainbow Moon. The Austria-based three-piece show growth and the willing to explore new territories on Died With Fear. The musicianship is very open-ended and takes us on a journey through spacious and psychedelic landscapes all the while sticking to their signature lonesome sound. Les Lekin has gone from a heavy dense stoner vibe to a more vast psychedelic Post-rock feel and it’s a wonderful transformation. We absolutely love when a band changes things up and explore new territories. Les Lekin pulls this off without a hitch while sticking to their generic sound as a foundation.

ROTATION RECAP:
Weight of the Heavy – 9.3 of 11
Died With Fear is a glorious heavy psychedelic album, it’s spacious heaviness is mesmerizing.

Fretwork Prowess – 9.3 of 11
The psych post-rock guitar work is second to none, and really sets the tone for the album.

Overall Album Flow – 9.8 of 11
These four lengthy tracks weave beautifully between one another, it’s very hard not to listen to this one in its entirety.

Contrast – 5.5 of 11
The album never strays too far from the atmospheric post-rock psychedelic richness.

Album Cover Aesthetics – 10 of 11
The cover art painting by Horst Laber captures the feel of Died with Fear.

Production Value – 9.8 of 11
The production helps provide the monumental and fulfilling sound. Crank this one up and hear how the psychedelic richness fills the room, it is very captivating.

Standout Track(s)
Maybe the last track “Morph” by a hair, this one is such a mind trip. The track travels through avenues of doom, stoner, Post-rock and even touches on space rock, it has it all.

Alcohol Pairing
Try to get your hands on some Big Bad Baptista by Epic Brewing Company. The 12.20% ABV is loaded with chocolate and a subtle vanilla flavors. It’s a hard brew to find, but when you do, it feels right with Died With Fear.

Lasting Impression
Died With Fear is an impressive new chapter to the Les Lekin catalog. Whether you listen straight through or in a playlist, this album just stands out. Do yourself a favor and just pick up both Les Lekin albums, the diversity between the two is a thing of beauty. - 12/22/2017

Band Members:
Peter G. – Guitar
Beat B. – Bass
Kerstin W. - Drums

Tracklist:
1. Orca 10:38
2. Inert 10:19
3. Vast 08:57
4. Morph 13:34

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