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Review: De Lirium's Order - Singularity
De Lirium's Order

Label: Inverse Records
Year released: 2019
Duration: 35:08
Tracks: 9
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 2/5

Review online: July 9, 2020
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
Readers Rating

Rated 4.11/5 (82.22%) (9 Votes)

You either think technical proficiency is enough to sell a song or you don't. If you do, then you might like this a lot more than I did. This leans a bit more on Prog than I'd normally expect, but that just means it's the unfocused, ostentatious kind of annoying rather than the clinical, anal-retentive kind I often expect from Tech Death. As per usual with this kind of music, I can't deny the quality of the musicianship, as it's all tight and proficient, and singer Kari Olli is obviously a pro that can growl as well as he can sing. The biggest failing of this is the songwriting, which can't settle down into any kind of recognizable structure that's memorable or compelling for the duration of a song. Sure, there are some cool riffs and even some stellar, more prog-oriented bits on here, but these bits aren't really connected to each other in any meaningful way, and they all just kind of jerk around between breakdowns, flamenco acoustic sections, and jazz-infected noodling that all makes my eyes glaze over by the time I'm three minutes into the opening track. People who enjoy marvelling at instrumental wankery might get a kick out of this, but I found it to be misguided and lame.

Other related information on the site
Review: Singularity (reviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
Interview with guitarist Juha Kupiainen and vocalists Kari Olli and Mikael Salo on April 28, 2019 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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