Lethvm • This Fall Shall Cease [LP]
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This Fall Shall Cease by Lethvm on vinyl.
Release: August 18th, 2021.
Disclaimer: the gold colour may cause some surface noise.
First pressing on 180g gold vinyl with black splatter. Cover with spot UV, designed by David SC. Sold out. Released on March 9th, 2018.
"Highly recommended for everyone who loves extreme darkness, gloomy melancholia and a doom atmosphere that gives you cold shivers." — Snoozecontrol
"This is Lethvm’s debut record, which is nothing short of impressive." — The Black Planet (8/10)
"The overall sound (...) is massive, brutal and devastating yet beautiful, reaching far into the universe. (...) Simply one of the best doom albums I've heard" — nmex.dk (9.5/10)
"Brilliant." — Musiczine
"This album comes highly recommended for every fan of sludge doom. It's simply one of those gems from young talent that you can't miss out on. Yes, I see a bright future for Lethvm." — Merchants of Air
"During the 41 minutes on 'This Fall Shall Cease' Lethvm installs a perfect balance between pitch black violence and dark grey moments where our tormented souls can get some rest, but not for long." — Luminous Dash
Working from the template of Doom and Sludge, Belgium’s Lethvm infinitely increases the brutality with which they press their considerable weight upon the ears of listeners by introducing a raw immediacy that does not typically present itself within those genres. As their moniker suggests, Lethvm seeks to embrace the destructive possibilities of music, continually building soundscapes only to burn them down in increasingly spectacular fashion. Listeners will find traces of Powerviolence within This Fall Shall Cease’s seven tracks, an important distinction which informs the extremity of the album’s varying emotional peaks.
Whether they are exploring rage, sadness, the darkness or even occasional glimpses of beauty, Lethvm does so with a snarling intensity which cloaks them with an aesthetic of danger that we are rarely lucky enough to observe. Looking into a moment from the penultimate track “An Encounter With The Sun,” the performance toward the end of the song seems to reveal a willingness, even a desire on the band’s behalf to demolish their respective instruments; to erode their vessels for the opportunity to crush listeners and raze their own creation in the interest of pushing an emotional envelope that is as breathtaking as it is volatile. This instance could indeed be characterized as “subdued” in comparison to other spots throughout the album, so be prepared to listen with clenched teeth and fists.
A savage rhythm section and tortured screams collide with soaring riffs in a way that is brilliantly jarring, forcing the listener to grapple often with whether they should stomp the ground beneath them in anguish or raise their heads and bellow victoriously toward the heavens. The ability to do both over the course of individual compositions is what gives This Fall Shall Cease an uncommonly precious value.