Sunday 8 January 2017
Holy Lamb - Gyrosophy (2015)
The fifth album from this Latvian band.
Holy Lamb is a five piece band with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums, keyboards and vocals. English male vocals.
I have previously reviewed their second album, the 1999 Salt Of The Earth opus. I have also reviewed their fourth album, the 2002 Beneath The Skin opus.
The band started out as a thrash metal band many years ago before they could release an album. Their first album was a neo-prog album and the band has followed that path throughout.
That too goes on Gyrosophy. The album is forty-seven minutes long and has eight songs. The longest one is around eight minutes and there is no short songs here. They are all around the five and a half minutes mark.
Holy Lamb is still a pretty different band than most neo-prog bands. They are far more technical than most other neo-prog bands. They are very much dipping into eclectic prog at times. But on this album, they are also taking a long look back to their thrash metal days and has included some thrash metal methods and ways of thinking.
There are a few seconds and a whole minute of dark thrash metal growls on this album. There are also some thrash metal songs structures. Actually, the band has taken thrash metal song structures and copied them over to melodic neo-prog.
This album is very melodic, most of the times. Melodic with thrash metal structures. That sets Holy Lamb apart from their peers and offers the scene something special again.
Unfortunate without really adding the quality required. The songs are really good and this is perhaps Holy Lamb's finest hour. This is a band I am keeping an eye on, obviously. Check them out if you don't know them.