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Lifeblood is a  Japanese doom trio that have just released their debut album on Weird Truth.

As you can actually guess from the title and the beautiful, almost effeminate cover, this is not the beyond extreme type of funeral doom like we’re used to from their label mates like Profetus, Funeralium or Worship.  On the contrary, ‘Shattered Wishes’ sounds rather melancholic, soft and serene. The bass playing is quite unusual for doom, it’s quite pronounced in the mix , but with a clear, dry tone. In fact, it reminds me somewhat of The Cure. The guitars have this nineties vibe around them. Think for instance old Tiamat. Not many bands go for this typical sound anymore, so that's actually quite refreshing. The vocals range from a decipherable grunt to soft whispered passages.There aren’t any specific standout tracks , but this album is supposed to bet listened to as a whole and as not part of some shuffled playlist. Sit back, pour a glass of wine and relax.

 

Tracklist:

  1. Black Rain
  2. Still alive (not dead yet)
  3. Numb
  4. Stench of Excessive Self-Consciousness
  5. Dark Days
  6. Vestige of the Past
  7. Failed in Life
  8. Shattered Wishes

Label: Weird Truth

8/10

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