Released: 2014, Solitude Productions
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
Dammit all, I love this album. It’s like SERENADES and AS THE FLOWER WITHERS had a one night stand and made a doom baby. Yeah, get that image out of your head…
TRANSIENT is almost like a Cinderalla story, if Cinderella were playing underground metal in a third world country. Crafted by Brazilian doom sextet Lachrimatory, the album was self-released by the band on CDR in 2011 to an obviously limited audience. Fast forward a few years – Russian indie label Solitude Productions stumbles upon this gem and re-releases it to the masses in the fall of 2014. Stylistically, it’s reminiscent of the Peaceville-3 glory days; lengthy dirges mired in depths of orchestration, matched with death growls and punishingly slow riffs. It’s an admittedly traditional formula, but the strength of the material and the conviction in which it’s delivered is on par with their genre heroes.
“Seclusion” opens the procession with soft guitar melodies, synth effects and cello strings, creating an ambience of bleak, gothic chamber music that eventually cedes its power to Ávila Schultz’s guttural exaltations. The track becomes a harbinger of what the rest of TRANSIENT has to offer; massive tracks (most of which creep towards 12-minutes), swathed in layers of somber arrangements, anchored with brooding guitars and flirtations with aggression. “Lachrimatory” and “Deluge” carry these elements forward with even grander fare, though “Twilight” and “Clarity” meander a bit before finding their footing. “Void” closes the album in a more upbeat manner, weaving clashing musical ideas together towards an epic conclusion.
TRANSIENT hits all of the nostalgia buttons in delightful procession while avoiding sounding too much like a nostalgia album. It’s a tough dance to execute, but Lachrimatory have succeeded in doing just that. If you were weaned at all on early 90’s goth/doom, or simply have an appreciation for what the genre has to offer, you’re gonna love TRANSIENT – simple as that. Though the band is actively promoting the album’s resurrection, there’s been radio silence around Lachrimatory’s next steps. Regardless of whether TRANSIENT is a one hit wonder or the catalyst for bigger things to come, it’s an album that deserves your attention.