Published Jun 08, 2020Toronto-based patriarchy-smashing metal giants Lilim return with their sophomore album Weighted Ghosts. With a wide array of blast beats, tremolo riffs and lyrical imagery throughout, Weighted Ghosts is an enjoyable experience full of surprises.
For a heavy band, there are plenty of melodic twists. From the major keys on "Free the Topiary" to black metal leanings of "Floating Down," there are many sleights of hand that keep listeners guessing. Lilim's inability to commit to one genre ultimately becomes one of their greatest strengths.
Rarely do heavy bands exhibit such excellent vocal performances. Vocalist Kirsten White adeptly utilizes a variety of styles throughout the album, ranging from a guttural delivery on "Martyrs" to a borderline falsetto on "Apathetic Dog," while also painting many vivid images throughout the record. On a record filled with highs, her vocal performance steals the show.
Lilim's Weighted Ghost sees the band reaching their creative potential, on an album that has the same amount of substance to match its creative prowess. (Independent)