Lotus Thief
(Gramarye)
2016
Crank this to 8.6 of 11
Genre:
Post metal, Black Metal
Sounds Like:
Black Math Horseman, Witchblood
Just in time for the upcoming hollow’s eve, we welcome you to the world of the San Francisco trio... Lotus Thief. Their third release entitled Gramarye which means ‘book of sorcery’ under Middle English and French tongue is a dark mystical journey within the supernatural. While the backbone of Lotus Thief is post black-metal, they do hit elements of sludge and ambient experimental throughout. Bezaelith’s vocal’s are hypnotic much akin to Sera Timms of Black Math Horseman and Black Mare fame. All five lengthy tracks take time to develop and we found ourselves requiring multiple listens before grasping the direction of the album. There is no doubt that Lotus Thief has a very deep spiritual vibe, one that is perfect for a moonlight stroll with your flashlight companion.

Band Members:
Bezaelith: bass, synth, guitar, vocals
Iva Toric: synth, backing vocals
Otrebor: drums

Track Listing:

1. The Book of the Dead (7:44)
2. Circe (9:00)
3. The Book of Lies (8:55)
4. Salem (8:25)
5. Idisi (9:16)

What are the highlights of the album?

All five tracks are insanely deep and break the boundaries of Post-metal, but the last two songs frankly blew us away. The listener’s patience is well rewarded with these two exceptional tracks. "Salem" is a sorrowful trip blending clarity and sludge into one fucking ominous witches brew. So many impressive change-ups throughout this track. It also leads so nicely into the closer and epic track "Idisi" which contains a harder edge to commence, bringing things way down at the midpoint, only to ratchet things up on the heaviness scale. We encourage you to listen to Gramarye in its entirety from start to finish, as it will make these two closing tracks all the more powerful.

How is the production value?
Above average. Solid production value and an excellent headphone experience. Things do get a little distorted on some of the loudest moments (intro of"‘Idisi").

What adult beverage do we recommend you partake in along with Gramarye?
No question, The Black Cauldron. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine 1½ parts Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila, ¾ part fresh lemon juice, ¼ part agave syrup, ¼ part sage simple syrup, 2 dashes Angostura bitters, and 1 capsule activated charcoal, which adds a jet-black hue and a light smoky flavor to the cocktail. Shake vigorously. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon slice.

What are our Final Thoughts on Gramarye?
We felt the opening track "The Book of the Dead" is perhaps the weakest on the album. It was not after listening through the album several times that we were able to appreciate where they were going. Our suggestion would have been to swap "The Book of the Dead" with "The Book of Lies" as this may suck in some more listeners with a bit different flow.

Gramarye
provides some well-thought out craftsmanship and diversity. While the backbone of this album is spiritual black metal, Lotus Thief know how to explore ambient and spacial-themes. Bezaelith and Toric hit some very impressive harmonies. The 40 plus minute journey does require patience and an appetite for the supernatural. We encourage your patience as Gramarye deserves to be in your collection. Put this one in heavy rotation particularly on a dark windy Autumn night. It will consume you. - 10/27/2016

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