Italian symphonic Doom/Death metal merchants, Lightless Moor have returned with their debut full length CD: “The Poem”, and it is original, refreshing, and has a very chilling vibe at the same time. Front woman and lyricist, Ilaria Falchi has a written a very tasteful concept album of darkness, curses, sadness, Happiness, night, day, and just pure haunting soundscapes with her classically influenced vocals.
Her vocals are backed up a strong death metal growler/guitarist (kind of reminds of early My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost), Federico Mura, who does an excellent job complementing the two varied extremes found on “The Poem”. The rest of the band are just as proficient and give Lightless Moor a spark, which many of the doom/death and gothic metal bands nowadays lack. For a six-piece band, they almost come across as a 50-member orchestra in some aspects and in others they create visions of a live Shakespearian stage play filled with tons of drama, action and plenty of tears to drown your world in.
Lightless Moor are a great band and have a lot to offer to the open minded listener as their music is loaded with many unique complexities musically and vocally and even stylistically. This is one aspect, which can make or break a band as it alienate the typical metal head, but I think they’ve the conviction within their music and lyrics to bring anyone into their world of total darkness.
One of my favorite and definitely a noteworthy song on this eight-track album is “Overwhelming Darkness”, which is almost 12 minutes in length, with many romantic and haunting synth orchestrations, which are backed up by strong guitar and bass guitar rhythms. The drumming on this track is nothing short of spectacular as it does command your attention with the loud, explosive blast of a sound.
Lightless Moor is highly recommended for listeners into My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost, early The Gathering and Lacuna Coil. [Worm Hole Death] Sarjoo Devani