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Lantlôs — Wildhund

by Shea Higgerson at 25 September 2021, 9:43 PM

After a seven year wait since their last record, LANTLÔS are back with “Wildhund” delivering a dreamy, catchy alt-rock endeavor. In the past, the band have been described as post-black metal, but this album takes them in an even softer direction.

The band adds significant color to the rock and metal worlds with their fifth full-length album. Think of them as a more upbeat version of DEFTONES with sounds mirroring that of FOO FIGHTERS in several instances, especially vocally. A lot of times the vocals create a dreamy vibe and seem to echo, while the guitars and keyboards sound extraterrestrial. I could tell from the first song “Lake Fantasy” I would enjoy the album.

“The Bubble” reminds me so much of an early-2000s rock song at its beginning and vocalist Markus Siegenhortseems to be quite influenced by the FOO FIGHTERS’ Dave Grohl. Even though I consider this album to be a weird experience as a whole, there is a lot about it I could see being radio friendly. I was really drawn to the echo-y vocal effect contrasted with the urgent pounding of the drums. I think the drum work on this album is incredible.

“Amber” is my favorite, and possibly the heaviest, song on the album. The drums become a lot more aggressive, the guitars are haunting, and Siegenhort offers up a small section of screams. I will say I would have liked to hear more of that even though I greatly enjoy the clean vocals.

The opening of “Planetarium” is what I imagine it feels like to step from a space shuttle onto the surface of a far-away planet. The instrumental sounds scream deep space and the vocals are psychedelic and floaty — they have a very zero gravity feel to them.

The final song “Lich” throws me off a little, because of the weird effect on Siegenhort’s vocals, almost sounding robotic, along with the way his delivery sounds broken up. It’s very much like hearing a computer talking. I wasn’t a fan of this particular experimentation.

This band and album are interesting in that they somehow manage to cohesively combine the sounds of alt-rock, pop rock, psychedelia, shoegaze, alternative metal, and more into an enjoyable — and I won’t call it just a listening experience, but a — listening experiment. Because “Wildhund” is quite experimental with its sound and the band wasn’t afraid to take risks.

Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 9
Memorability: 7
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. Lake Fantasy
2. Magnolia
3. Cocoon Tree House
4. Home
5. Vertigo
6. The Bubble
7. Amber
8. Cloud Inhaler
9. Planetarium
10. Dream Machine
11. Dog in the Wild
12. Lich
Markus Siegenhort - Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
Felix Wylezik - Drums
Record Label: Prophecy Productions


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