Friday, August 31, 2012

Class of 2012: Saint Vitus - Lillie: F-65

Lillie: F-65 comes 17 years since the last Saint Vitus record and 9 years after their reunion.  But these American doom legends are back, and they sound great over the course of these 6 tracks. (Technically, there are 7 songs, but I'm not counting final track "Withdrawal" because it's just 3+ minutes of feedback.) 

"Let Them Fall" starts things off, and it doesn't take long to notice how strong Wino's voice is.  And as the song ends, he actually sounds as if he's falling.  Not many bands could pull this off without sounding gimmicky or hokey, but Saint Vitus are one of those few.

"The Bleeding Ground" is one of the album's stronger tracks, and just when you think it's over, you're treated to some instrumental "doom jamming" for about two minutes.  Next comes the instrumental "Vertigo," which wouldn't feel out of place on Depeche Mode's Violator.

Standout track "Blessed Night" does everything right - a feedback squall at the outset, then a Dave Chandler riff, the drums kick in, and the vocals are tight.  Plus, it contains my favorite line on the album - "Cross my blade, if you must."

"The Waste of Time" is the most doom-y song on Lillie: F-65.  Speaking of doom, what I like about this record is that it's varied and you don't always realize that you're listening to the godfathers of American Doom.

"Dependence" starts off as an acoustic instrumental for about 1:20, then a familiar-sounding riff sets in and the song takes a new shape.  As you think it ends over some feedback, it picks back up and continues for a little while longer.

If you want to hear over three minutes of feedback, then listen to "Withdrawal."  Some might argue otherwise, but to me, it's unnecessary and doesn't belong.

Saint Vitus may have formed in 1978, but with Lillie: F-65, they prove that they still have what it takes.  Let's just hope that it doesn't take another 17 (or even 9) years to hear from them again.

Grade: B  (84.8%)

No comments:

Post a Comment