|Review: Lost Soul - Chaostream|
Label: Wicked World Records
Year released: 2005
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: March 5, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Here we have the third album from Poland's death metal behemoths, Lost Soul. Following the band's much lauded debut 'Scream of the Mourning Star' and in contrast, their largely below par second album 'Ubermenche – Death of God' it was uncertain which line of attack their third effort would take; would they manage to match the quality of the first album, or hash out another lifeless, bland sounding album similar to their second? Thankfully, this is their finest release thus far to my ears, being pure Polish death metal at its very best, which is greatly reminiscent of fellow Poles, Vader (in fact, vocally they sound frighteningly like them).
In the opening track 'World of Sin', there is a nice nod toward the David Vincent styled lowly spoken vocals too, utilized starkly, flanked by the classic deathly roars. Production-wise, it's the best I've heard in a long while, sounding almost like the band is blasting it out live in your room. Compressors, noise gate and distortion are all cranked up to the max for that full on cluster bomb effect, leaving bowels traumatized and brains severely battered through crushingly destructive riffs, and technical wizardry.
The reason why their second album failed where this one was successful, seems simply that they managed to nail down the art of being able to pen a memorable riff, while still being extremely complex, manages to keep the attention without getting overtly 'techie' or tedious. On the opening riffs of 'Death Crowns All' and 'Christian Meat', they reduce the velocity slightly, and head into the realm of Morbid Angel around their Covenant/Domination era, and accompanied with the fantastic production it sounds out of this world. But it's in the main the high speed stuff they noted for, and where they really shine.
Overwhelmingly 'in your face' from the off, it really stakes the bands claim to move into the upper echelons of the death metal hierarchy. From the first listen, there's not a weak track or 'filler' to be found, and even more impressively, the album is a definitive grower. I've no doubt they're now one of the best in the business in Poland from this display of dynamism, vision and overall creativity, and to my ears at least, it will appeal to the most basest and animalistic of instincts in all death metal fans.
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