LAGRIMENT — Gospel of Laments (review)

LAGRIMENT — Gospel of Laments album cover Album · 2014 · Depressive Black Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3/5 ·
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LAGRIMENT is the one-man band project of Fornost from Managua, Nicaragua who plays all instruments and screams all the angsty vocals. So far Fornost has released this one album GOSPEL OF LAMENTS which came out in 2014 on the Depressive Illusions label along with a split with Blackmoon Spells.

This is pretty much by the books depressive black metal with that classic monotony of tones, timbres and repetition along with those lackadaisical drumming patterns, droning guitars and minimalism with occasional ambience. While the album only has four tracks it amounts to over 36 minutes of playing time.

The opening “Beyond Insanity” pretty much sums up LAGRIMENT’s overall sound with rampaging black metal in the vein of second wave Darkthrone only more detached and lengthened in scope by adding some dark ambience and slower guitar parts that drip depressive tones and distortion.

The title possible refers to the Book of Lamentations which is a collection of poetic laments for the destruction of Jerusalem and the music presented definitely has an apocalyptic vibe to it. This is pretty much standard depressive black metal with absolutely new to add but performed competently with insane asylum vocals, excellent tremolo guitar picking and nice aggressive bass, blastbeat drums and atmospheres that conjure up doom and gloom.

For those who can’t get enough of Gris, Leviathan, Bethlehem and Shining and want to explore further down the path of those influenced by them. Nothing special here but definitely a decent slice of depressive rampaging black metal that is well recorded and worth the experience of hearing an extreme metal band from a lesser known contributing nation such as Nicaragua.
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