Lethvm
Acedia
(2019)
Crank this to 9.1 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre:
Doom, Post metal
Sounds Like:
Gojira, Cavity
Thursday, September 19, 2019
The third release and second full length album from Belgium natives, Lethvm has been in our heavy rotation the last few weeks. Acedia is an exhausting journey that requires discipline and focus to get through. We mean this in a very good way as the 39 minutes of darkness exude so much emotion and depth that it does become somewhat of a draining experience. So aptly titled is the opener "Fatige" as Dessard’s vocals are laced with such strenuous pain and angst that you feel he is often down to his last desperate cry for help.

As the album ensues we are invited to partake in a more subdued deeper vocal melody that starkly contrasts the screeching pain of Dessard. This album really hits home after several rotations. The song structure is impressive and melancholy comes full circle with a very strong closing.

Track Listing:
1. Fatigue (5:19)
2. Ananke (4:56)
3. Grey (6:21)
4. Podaylennost (5:14)
5. Oration (2:38)
6. Schisme (7:04)
7. Acedia (8:59)

Standout Track:
The title track and closer ‘Acedia’ hits all marks for us and could easily blend well into one of your favorite psychological horror thriller favorites. The midstream piano melodies and heavy bellowing bass and fretwork offer up an impressive balance. Its a terrific closer and really encapsulates the album’s aura. ‘Grey’ is a tremendous runner up for its vocal variety and pummeling intrigue.

Adult Beverage Pairing:
Trappistes Rochefort 8 Brasserie de Rochefort from Belgium is so fitting for an excellent doom album like Acedia.

Raisin, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, and heavy malt come together nicely. Very smooth to be such high alcohol. Rich, and complex flavors, very rewarding to sip slowly and enjoy the ride.

ROTATION RECAP:
Captivation and Variety
8.5 out of 11

Vocal Prowess
9.5 out of 11

Lyrics and Song Structure
9.2 out of 11

Weight of the Heavy
9.4 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess
8.7 out of 11

Percussion Prowess
8.7 out of 11

Originality
9.4 out of 11

Overall Album Flow
9.1 out of 11

Contrast
8.8 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
9.1 out of 11

Production Value
8.8 out of 11

Final Thoughts:
This world needs more doom with depth. The foursome of Lethvm continue to ramp up their game and deliver some very interesting deep introspective dark landscapes. We highly recommend you take a gander at their full library to see the impressive progression.

Band Members:
Vincent Dessard- Vocals
Antoine Matthys- Drums
Jean-Pierre Mottin- Guitar
Nicola Lomartire- Bass

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