Lilith’s newest « Life and Death » is a groovy banger that’ll make you ultimately bang your head and catch you into the hook of these songs that stick in your head.
The riffing is catchy and efficient in the sense that it doesn’t fail to make you grin your face and jump into the pit, and the rhythm patterns have only one goal, that of groove, and that’s why the kick drum is always following’s the rhythm guitar’s chugs. On the other hand, the riffs are rather generic, as they’re based on a formula that’s been seen again and again in modern metal. Grooving is good, but originality is better.
The vocals are well suited for the music, although they sound like they could be improved, from a technical execution point of view: some of the clean passages catch you off guard in a bad way, meaning that they’re completely out of the context. There are also some moments where you feel that the vocals are trying to add emotion to the mix, a concept of which I am a fan of, but unfortunately, the execution of that lacks tightness.
The mix is acceptable, although it could be much better, as the drums sound unrealistic at times, and the vocals overlap on the instruments in an obnoxious way that doesn’t let the other components breathe. Overall, this is a good effort from Lilith, as you can see that they reek of great ideas, but the execution needs much more improvement. A band to keep an eye on.
Release Year: 2021
Label: Deadstring Records
Reviewed by Oussama EL OUADIE