Ay-yi-yi. After a shortish and enjoyably atmospheric instrumental, "Memento Mori" kicks in with all of the ingredients necessary to get the band's video sandwiched between The Black Dahlia Murder and Meshuggah on Fuse's Uranium hour: pedestrian chord progressions, slogger bass lines that melt into unidentifiable slag heaps thanks to the production, and those certifiably despicable vocals—screaming, and nothing but. When voxman Marco Coslovich tones things down and actually sings on "Pretty Girls Make Graves," he does so only for a spell, but nevertheless shades are glimpsed of what Luce—Italian for "light"—could have been, versus a set of dominoes distinguishable only by their dots. The drummer is capable enough but could have mixed it up a little more as hitting every drum and cymbal when it's time for a "fill" is indicative of one who still needs more time to shape his or her musical personality (thankfully, he doesn't rely on double-bass sixteenths as often as some skinmen, something that got old after 1989 thanks to Napalm Death). On that cue, it's arguable whether or not this particular quintet has fallen into a self-imposed anachronistic trap.
1. The Long Night Of Mademoiselle Victorine Lafourcade
2. Memento Mori
3. Close To Me, Inside My Heart
4. Fire Isn't Always Meant To Burn
5. The Last One
7. Pretty Girls Make Graves
Total time – 38:29