Wednesday 31 August 2016

Lesbian - Hallucinogenesis (Album Review)

Release date: August 26th 2016. Label: Translation Loss Records. Format: CD/DD

Hallucinogenesis – Tracklisting


Band Members:

Arran McInnis
Dan LaRochelle
B.R.A.D. Mowen
Dorando Hodous
Benjamin Thomas-Kennedy


Lesbian are a band who have never been easy to categorize. With their latest album – Hallucinogenesis, their four albums into their musical journey and they’re just as crazy sounding we first heard on their debut album back in 2007. If you’re new to Lesbian’s world then be prepared for a heavy progressive journey that takes elements of Black Metal, Doom, Thrash, Psych, Stoner, Sludge and Progressive Metal.

Hallucinogenesishas a more structured feel compared to their previous albums. It’s still crazy and messed up as the other albums but at least the band follows some kind of strange psychedelic and nightmarish narrative. The album contains four epic tracks ranging from nine minutes to fourteen minutes in length.

Opening track – PYRAMIDAL EXISTINCTUALISM – is epic as they come and sees Lesbian create as many fucked up moments they possibly can. Fusing early-Mastodon and YOB style sounds with a more nightmarish delivery. Lesbian couldn’t have picked a more perfect song to open the album with. It gives you a real glimpse on what the album is about. Progressive Rock/Metal with vibe of almost every genre of metal thrown in just for the sake of it. The vocals are pitch-black to match the mood of the entire song. Lesbian do add clean harsh vocals though only for a short amount of time. The instrumental parts are a work of genius at times with highly complex rhythms being played at a fast pace.

Second track – LA BREA BOREALIS – see the band opt for a more experimental psychedelic feel with heavy riffs and distorted vocals being the main focus. The instrumental work is superb yet again with the band creating heavy progressive sludge based riffs. This is perhaps my fave song on the album as it shows you the many different identities of the band.

The final two tracks – KOSMOCERATOPS and AQUALIBRIUM – follow the same crazy route as the opening two tracks with AQUALIBRIUM being another standout track on the album. The final two songs perhaps contain the heaviest sounds on the album though the experimentation can be slightly tiring at times.

Hallucinogenesis may not be the easiest album that Lesbian has released but you can’t deny how powerfully exciting Hallucinogenesis actually is. Hallucinogenesis is perhaps one of the most stunning and complex extreme metal albums released this year.

Words by Steve Howe

Hallucinogenesis is available to buy on CD/DD now. Vinyl won't be available until November 2016 though you can pre-order it now through Translation Loss Records.


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