Six years on from 2014’s monstrous Toward Divine Death, we get follow up Floating in Timeless Streams. Clocking in at a lean 42 minutes, (compared to its predecessor’s 72), this is a more concentrated and focused slab of brutality and aggression.
The songs are well-written, clearly produced by people that not only know what they’re doing, but who have also taken the time to properly consider concepts such as pacing, dynamics, and sequencing. The emphasis on component parts such as fury, menace, or mood shifts depending on the needs of each song. It should go without saying that none of these are mutually exclusive, and Lie in Ruins make the most of this fact. The band features members of Corpsessed, Desolate Shrine, and Perdition Winds, so this quality should come as no real surprise.
Assembled from punishing riffs, dissonant melodies, haunting leads, thunderous drums, and deep subterranean growls, each of these songs hits the spot very easily. The band use melody well to enhance what the rhythm guitar is doing, working in concert to strike a good balance between brutal heaviness and macabre atmosphere. I also particularly enjoy the solos on this album; some of them are highly evocative and affecting. There’s also very good use of paces and decent variety in songwriting; everything from blasting chaos to utter doom misery gets its chance to shine on Floating in Timeless Streams, and shine it does.
Better than its predecessor, Lie in Ruins’ latest album has been worth the wait. Floating in Timeless Streams is a really enjoyable and well-crafted record, definitely standing out from many of its peers in terms of quality.
Very highly recommended.