Crash Music is pumping out some strong melodic death metal these days, and Italy's Coram Lethe are no exception. With obvious influences like In Flames, At the Gates, and Dark Tranquility, Coram Lethe take the Swedish sound one step further, adding even more technical arrangements into the mix for a crushing yet sophisticated sound that will surely garner them plenty of fans who clamor for fresh sounds.
There's no shortage of complex and technical metal throughout this 55 minute rage-o-matic riff monster. Tunes like "Instinct" and "Hands of Lies" mix brutal death growls with intense guitar passages that will make fans of Dream Theater or Megadeth happy. Yet it's the progressive side of this band that really intrigues, evident on pieces like the near eight-minute "I, Oblivion", with its mix of Pink Floyd atmosphere, Fates Warning-like guitar riffs, and alternating clean and growling vocals. "Ruling Emptiness" has some neat harmony guitars (recalling vintage Iron Maiden or even In Flames) to go along with behemoth riffs, and the use of keyboards and orchestrations on "The Angels Fell" add a nice classical touch. Of course, this album lives and breathes by its complex and melodic death metal, which really comes through on cuts like "Shouts of Cowards" ,and the manic 'Dying Water Walk With Us", complete with some intricate jazzy guitar passages which contrast with the sledgehammer rhythms and riffs.
This is one hell of an album, and a band that has a bright future ahead of them. Not only is the sound brutal, but also quite sophisticated when it wants to be. Melodic death metal can be complex and progressive, and Coram Lethe are proof positive. The Gates of Oblivion will no doubt be on many Top Metal Album lists for 2005 when all is said and done. I think I'll spin it again!
1) The Angels Fell
2) Shouts of Cowards
3) Dying Water Walk With Us
6) Hands of Lies
7) Pain Therapy for Praying Mantis
8) Ruling Emptiness