Sea Of Deep Reflections
June 16, 2020
With Chile, some only associate Inca sounds with pan flute. This is my coming out, I also like these sounds. But the Andean country has more to offer. Lapsus Dei, a doom metal band from the capital Santiago, is now proof of this. The band has existed since 1998, with changing lineups. Four albums as well as several EPs and demos were released during this time. The current work “Sea Of Deep Reflections” was recently released by the Latvian label Sliptrick Records. After the predecessor, the Chileans took five years. Was it worth the long wait for the fans?
Quiet, contemplative, so typical Doom Metal. With “Falling Apart” you can convince yourself of the clear vocal skills of the singers. In addition, the lower-tuned guitars roast. Of course, a calm and extremely delicate guitar solo should not be missing. “The Call Of Sirens” is a bit faster then. Soaring riffs accompany the vocals here. If one can even speak of ballads at Doom, then “Naufragos” would partially fit in here. Thanks to the semi-acoustic instrumentation at the beginning and at the end. But the longest song on the album, at eight and a half minutes, is not entirely ballad-like. Because of the bitter growls, “The Last Trip” tends towards Death Doom. The pace is also picking up again here. In contrast, “Colossal” is calmer again. Acoustic guitars, keyboards and strings provide a basic ballad-like orientation. As with “Colossal”, the interplay between clear vocals and evil growls is impressive. The album then ends with the heavy “Arrival”.
With “Sea Of Deep Reflections” the Chileans delivered a real good doom metal album. Such a sound is not really believed in the Andean music scene. All the more gratifying to hear that Doom Metal is also celebrated outside of Scandinavia. Genre fans should definitely check out Lapsus Dei’s new album.
Lapsus Dei – Falling Apart: https://youtu.be/X1c2hK8cpyA
Alejandro Giusti – Vocals, Guitars
Agustín Bastías – Bass
Rodrigo Poblete – Guitars, Vocals
Luis Pinto – Drums
- Falling Apart
- The Call Of Sirens
- The Last Trip
- Alone I Break