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Review: Laetitia In Holocaust - The Tortoise Boat
Laetitia In Holocaust
The Tortoise Boat

Label: Independent
Year released: 2009
Duration: 39:14
Tracks: 6
Genre: Avant-garde Metal


Review online: October 22, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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Rated 2.5/5 (50%) (2 Votes)

What do you have if you take away the highly distorted and cold guitar riffs from Black Metal? Another type of grim music called Rotten Light. Very little details can be found regarding this Italian act, besides the fact that they previously released a couple demos. The first one, Blood on Humanity, followed by A Slow Apocalypse, as well as an EP named Lacra Ebenei: 13-17.

Laetitia in Holocaust insist on one fact: this is not Black Metal. The Tortoise Boat has a bit of a demo feel, although the sound production itself is pretty good. The rhythm section (drum and bass) is somewhat blurred and put in the second rank. Upfront you have the clean tremolo picking and lead guitar work. Somewhere in between are the raspy vocals. No rhythm guitars are heard most of the times, which is mainly responsible for that demo feel. You do have some riffs once in a while, although not present on every songs. I found this music adventurous and a bit dry, I mean without too much harmonies in most cases. You can feel a certain progressive touch caused by the intricate time signatures.

A couple of tracks stand out as being more diversified and melodious: "Hissing Through the Veins of the God" and "Immanence and Illumination". The first song adds more melodies to their work by using a classical guitar, ambient keyboards, strange sounds and some sick whispers. On the 12+ minutes closer, darkly atmospheric keyboards, electronics, arpeggios, cool vocal effects and an overall crunchier sound carry you to the end.

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