Swamp Lantern (The Lord is With Us)
Crank this to 7.9 of 11
Genre: Doom metal, Goth
Sounds Like: Lord Vicar , Candlemass, Spiritus Mortis
Homeland: Bellingham, Washington
Sophomore release by the Washington natives
Pagan-like clouds provide for a unique ride through progressive rock shifts
Much like the cover, this album is loaded with glimpses at a variety of goth and metal accoutrements. Takes a few spins to wrap your head around the overall direction
Best moments include dueling guitar-work and the more aggressive vocals
1. Blood Oath (On Pebble Beach) 9:16
Not the best of openers. Track drags a bit with uninspiring vocals.
2. Still Life 10:38
This track brings things down in a very special way. Strong build with classic metal hooks.
3. Graven Tide 8:11- Standout Track
Wonderful vocal contrast as the Black metal takes ahold. The darkness is inviting and brilliantly layered. Heaviest of the lot.
4. The Lord is With Us 4:36
Solid instrumental with hints of synth and distraught temperament.
5. The Halo of Eternal Night 11:03
A wild ride with unique angles, choir chants, and a myriad of vocals. Excellent crescendo in the last minute.
Sticking with the lord’s vision, lets match Swamp Lantern up with Washington’s own Holy Mountain Brewing Company. Their 12.5% ABV imperial stout, Midnight Still is quite the religious experience. A 100% Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout laid down in Kentucky Bourbon barrels where it ages for 15 months. Mulit-blended batches at different ages. Syrupy rich deep stout with tones of licorice and classic smooth layers.
Swamp Lantern are:
Jeff Kastelic - guitar, vocals
Jonny McIntyre - guitar, vocals
Stu Hodge - bass, vocals
Easton Sartor - drums
Aimee Wright - Vocals on 1 and 5
Gage Lindsay - Guitar solo on 2
Bobby Savage - Guitar solo on 5
Rich Canut - Synth/Guitar on 3 and 4
Follow Swamp Lantern: Bandcamp