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Luna’s Call – Void

Luna’s Call
by Cherie Wong at 12 September 2020, 8:49 PM

On August 28, 2020, LUNA'S CALL released their sophomore effort “Void.” LUNA'S CALL is a progressive death metal band from England. Their debut album “Divinity” was released in 2016. This is the first album of LUNA'S CALL that I have listened to, which is a shame, because they are right up my alley. The first time I listened to this album, I was reminded of the bands OPETH, HAKEN, and DREAM THEATER. The progressive death metal sections are as aggressive as OPETH’s, with growls rivaling the demonic nature of Mikael Åkerfeldt’s growls. The softer, melodic prog sections are as thoughtful and technical as HAKEN or DREAM THEATER. The music is full of sound effects and embellishments like HAKEN as well.

With “Merced's Footsteps,” you get a short taste of what the album will be. Technical riffs and clean vocals, sprinkled with a bit of growling vocals and jazzy interludes. “Signs” brings the aggression with fast, hard hitting complex riffs and growls. To balance that out, there’s a neoclassical guitar solo and a brief softer, melodic prog section with clean vocals. On “Locus,” what stood out to me was the acoustic guitar and complex time signatures. It leads right into “In Bile They Bathe,” an aggressive and dynamic progressive death metal track. I didn’t understand the point of “Enceladus & The Life Inside” and “Silverfish” at first. Both are slow paced and unchanging. I grew to like their addition on the track as a palate cleanser between the complexity of the other tracks.

Solar Immolation” is what the progressive genre is known for: a long track, one that is over 13 minutes in length. I didn’t notice the length as the track transitions through many musical motifs. It’s a maelstrom of different musical ideas, one right after the other. When there was one I particularly liked, I found myself wishing it continued for longer than it did, like the space-y instrumental break and the outro. “Fly Further Cosmonaut” is another lengthy track at slightly over 9 minutes. It doesn’t feature as many musical ideas, though the music does have a finality to it that’s fitting for a closing track.

Overall, I recommend this album to fans of progressive metal, particularly if you enjoy progressive death. “Void” is reminiscent of a lot of other progressive metal greats, and not in a bad way. I hope that as LUNA'S CALL matures, they come more and more into their own sound. It’s at times melodic and at times technical, but always creative and interesting. Every track on this album has a unique moment that stands out, though you may have to listen to the album a few times to catch the details. That’s prog for you!

Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 7
Memorability: 6
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

1. Merced's Footsteps
2. Signs
3. Solar Immolation
4. Enceladus & The Life Inside
5. Locus
6. In Bile They Bathe
7. Silverfish
8. Fly Further Cosmonaut
Neil Purdy – Vocals/Guitar
Brad Laver – Bass
Liam Underdown – Guitar
Jamie Batt – Drums
Record Label: Independent


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Edited 01 October 2020

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