Sunday, 28 June 2020

Lares - Towards Nothingness (Album Review)

Release date: June 26th 2020. Label: Argonauta Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Towards Nothingness – Tracklisting

1.It Burns 04:20
2.Theiaphobic Ansia 01:49
3.Cursed With Embodiment 04:59
4. SN1987A Space Alteration Machine 09:21
5.Grey Haze 05:25
6.ʻOumuamua 01:37
7.Catacomb Eyes 06:36
8.Towards Nothingness 02:06


Flavio: guitar/voice
Jörn: bass
Mike: drums
Lambo: synth/samples/guitar

Towards Nothingness is the debut full length album from Psychedelic Sludge Metallers – Lares – and it’s an interesting mix of different styles such as Sludge, Doom, Stoner, Post-Metal with almost Apocalyptic Psychedelic themes. The band remind myself of ISIS (The Band) with their style of LOUD vs QUIET dynamics with their overall themes and ideas with a distorted Post-Metal groove being heard within literally the first few moments of the album.

The album opens with It Burns and it’s a ferocious number with Lares playing a demented style of Sludge/Post-Metal with a lot of sonic experimentation being added for a more trippy effect. The vocals are quite harsh and take some time to fully get used to. Though, it’s the music that’s the real winner here with Lares showing a real flair and talent at creating highly realistic sci-fi based sounds and grooves to keep the listener fully involved with the music.

Second song – Theiaphobic Ansia – is a distorted Post-Rock number that only lasts under two minutes and is full of different glitch based sounds with a slight electronic feel.

Third song – Cursed With Embodiment – is full-on Sludge/Doom/Post-Metal song with Lares applying a more realistic and harsh sounding vibe to the song. The song is slightly distorted and feels claustrophobic in places but the music is excellent with Lares applying a more gloomier feel. The vocals remain in the Death based growl arena but still feel oddly satisfying as a result. The music isn’t as fast-paced compared to the opening song but it does allow Lares to play a more soulful style of music than you would initially expect.

Fourth song – SN1987A Space Alteration Machine – is where the band start to fully deliver their own hypnotic blend of Sludge/Post-Metal with perhaps the standout song on the album. This song is about the “SN 1987A was a type II supernova in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a dwarf galaxy satellite of the Milky Way” (Thank You Wikipedia). This song is perhaps the most COSMIC and SPACED-OUT offering on the album with Lares adding even more Progressive themes to the record and the gloomy atmosphere allows Lares to play some epic Post-Doom based riffs.

Lares carry on their “Space Metal” grooves and ideas for the remainder of the album with the band playing even more hard-hitting Psychedelic riffs on songs such as Grey Haze and Catacomb Eyes with that song being another one of the standout songs held on the album.

Towards Nothingness does have some moments of Blackened Doom/Sludge Metal but it’s the lighter Post-Rock/Post-Metal parts of the album that allows this album to truly standout from the crowd. Lares have released an outstanding debut album and if you’re in the mood for a more cosmic version of ISIS (The Band) and NEUROSIS then Lares is the place to be.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Mona at All Noir PR. Towards Nothingness is available to buy now on CD/DD from Argonauta Records