1. Intro (2:24)
2. I Am Awake (2:30)
3. One Word…Counselor (2:19)
4. The Devil Is Real (3:35)
5. Conscious Manifested (3:43)
6. The Human Slutipede (2:44)
This callous band from Michigan offers an impressive mix of deathcore and groove metal in their debut EP, entitled I Am Awake. Their musicianship is refreshing, and offers some really effective transitions throughout their songs, keeping the listener interested and excited for what is about to come next. In a world of metal that is becoming diluted with more and more bands looking to make the heaviest, most technical music, Lament’s EP is a prominent and penetrating addition to the scene.
The intro track really sets the tone for the album, sneaking previews of the gut-wrenching vocals and dramatic breakdown patterns that are to come. It also isn’t what I like to call a “wasted intro”, that simply does not add to the content or musical characteristics to the album (For Example: Texas In July’s intro on I Am or The Last Ten Seconds of Life’s intro on Warpath).
The next two songs “I Am Awake” and “One Word…Counselor” are both great tracks in entirely different ways. The title track is an incredible homage to the intro track, showing great use of each element of metal music (breakdowns, blast beats, etc.), while the latter adds highs reminiscent of early As Blood Runs Black, in addition to groovy guitar tracks and hard-hitting, refined drum fills.
The band then goes into the song “The Devil Is Real”, which I believe is the heaviest song on the album. I really enjoyed this track, especially the breakdown in the middle of the song, which slowly builds back up into a really fun two-step.
The EP ends with “Conscious Manifested”, and “The Human Slutipede”. “Conscious Manifested”, is easily the best song on this EP. It is extremely divergent, constantly moving into a new vocal ranges or dramatic guitar riffs. “The Human Slutipede” is definitely not the song I would have ended this EP with, but nonetheless, the track is extremely intense, but overall seems a bit too generic. The chord progressions are pretty simple, and the breakdowns are also pretty predictable.
The EP is only a hair over 17 minutes, but its ability to flow consistently and without hesitation is amazing. The build-ups and transitions on this album really shine, as well as the drummer’s ability to complement each breakdown and blast beat effectively, adding fills and extra hits everywhere, rather than adhering to the path the guitar tracks have set out. Their incorporation of different vocal and guitar distortions is unique, without making the sound weak. Add great vocals and shredding guitar that never fades from being a prominent part of each track, and you get Lament. This is a solid first EP, and I really hope that I see these dudes on a great tour package in the near future.
For fans of: As Blood Runs Black, Whitechapel, Ancients, The Burial, Fit For An Autopsy