Monday 9 March 2020

REVIEW: Lament Cityscape, "The New Wet"

By: Peter Morsellino

Album Type: EP
Date Released: 31/01/2020
Label: Independent

“The New Wet” track listing:

1). Running Out of Decay
2). Seepage
3). Borer

The Review:

Lament Cityscape return with a darkly beautiful album of sludged down industrial wonders.  “The New Wet” turns the world of noise on its head and offers up some sexy goth jams that you will find yourself bobbing along to for days to come.

Lament Cityscape offer up a sound that will surely draw comparisons to classic Nine Inch Nails, there is a lot more going on here.  While the dance grooves of “Pretty Hate Machine” are certainly present throughout this release, the real star of the show is a filthy grit that shrouds itself over the music. The heavier grooves are muddied into mind warping grind. More traditionally beautiful melodies are cast in shrouds of fog, obscuring any pleasantries they may have to offer.

Album opener “Running Out of Decay” is appropriately named. This is a grimy industrial track, dripping in sludge. The beat pounds insistently, before dropping away to a pleasing piano melody dripping in that same grit.

“Seepage” walks a very fine line between a sexy industrial groove and a full on thrashing metal tune. Styles are mixed fluidly here, creating a piece that is just as welcome on the dancefloor as the mosh pit.

“Borer” is a noisy dirge, not letting off on the power accumulated up to this point.  The imagery of a sermon called up by the track is inescapable.  It draws on into a cacophonous delight, caked with filth, that shows no signs of stopping until a melodic atmosphere takes over to bring the album to a close.

“The New Wet” is a guaranteed hit for fans of Nine Inch Nails or How to Destroy Angels. It will also be a welcome addition to anyone looking for a more adventurous take on sludge's musical rotation. It's a very unique sound, and one I think you'll enjoy.

“The New Wet” is available HERE

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