LAIKA – Somnia (CD)
This Canadian sextet play old school inspired death metal, with synthesizer elements thrown in with the more melodic and heavier guitar parts. Laika, is not solely focused on playing fast and crazy, as their music contains tons of substance for starters, and their music is as unique as possible with synths used as a chilling backdrop to their progressive death metal. The instrumental “Dreaming Of Nothing” displays the band’s ability to play music, which is heavy, atmospheric and melodic, kind of like Rush on steroids with a more tripped out Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy and Dark Tranquility in feel – sound interesting, eh? “Somnia” shows tons of aggression with its unique death metal elements, whereby you want to bang your head to the point of passing out. This pissed off energy is prevalent on “The Immortal”, which is tastefully executed from start to finish. These guys are all very talented and surely know how to thrash your mental state up.
Laika have influences ranging from heavy metal music, death metal, thrash and even hints of black metal can be found in their eerie-sounding death metal music.
Is “Somnia” for every metal head, no, because the music on here requires an open mind due to it whole slew of variety and unique changes throughout this album. Only time and progression in Laika’s talent will tell as to how far these guys will go with their style of death metal. Laika has plenty of potential to go far within the worlds of extreme metal. [Filth Regime] Sarjoo Devani