|Review: Lantern - Dimensions|
Label: Dark Descent Records
Year released: 2020
Review online: December 30, 2020
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 4.17/5 (83.33%) (6 Votes)
Lantern were one of the newer bands in the second wave of Finnish Death Metal, existing since 2007 and steadily releasing quality albums and building a dedicated fan base over time. Dimensions is the third and most recent album in a catalogue filled with monstrous releases, and it sees the band continuing to produce tight, vile Black/Death with some progressive elements mixed in to create a sound all their own. In a way, there are no surprises here, as we're treated to six songs worth of the complex compositions and unorthodox song structures that they've made a name for themselves creating, all of which is led by the commanding, Nergal-esque delivery of vocalist Necrophilos. This album just happens to be the most ambitious and refined version of that to date, which is especially obvious on the excellent 14+ minute closing epic "Monolithic Abyssal Dimensions". That said, every song on here is intricate and drenched in an apocalyptic atmosphere while still being hooky and memorable, making for an album that proves Lantern deserve to be considered among the elites of today's Finnish Death Metal scene.
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