Ephemeral is a 56-minute trip into progressive death metal waters, although the death metal influences are not always prominently displayed; the band’s modern progressive metal influences are strong, diluting the band’s death metal so that the resulting songs are more accurately termed as extreme metal, in some ways. This is all for the benefit of the music, however, as it means that these songs can range wider than those of many ostensibly similar progressive death metal acts, and have more room to explore progressive and psychedelic structures.
Yes, The Lylat Continuum take a very modern approach to their concept-driven music. Ephemeral is rich in expressive atmosphere and layered with ambient workouts. The album is atmospheric and textured with detailed nuance. There’s more emotion here than most bands of this sort manage, and the band use this to produce songs that work well on multiple levels. The album exudes cosmic flavour and atmosphere like nobody’s business, and it really feels like a journey is taking place as you experience these eight tracks.
The playing is exemplary, and the band’s technical chops above reproach. They can also be aggressive when called for too, and aren’t afraid to bring the brutality when needed.
The band’s hybrid metallic approach pays off the more you listen to Ephemeral. As you navigate its layered depths, slowly learning what makes this multifaceted collection of songs tick, you start to appreciate what it is capable of more and more; despite its more obvious assets, this is definitely an album that grows over time.
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