Pÿlon, a Swiss Doom Metal are out with their 7th Studio album, A Lament. The album was released on 29th July 2016, under the label of Roxx records in the US and Quam Libet records in Europe. Before I start with my review on this album, let me tell you, that this Is the first album I’ve ever heard from them, and to be honest, I did not know what to make of it. (But don’t miss reading the conclusion..)
The first song, “Cosmik Lizard”, has an absurd start, slow chugging guitars, rhythmic lyrics, undertone growls (which are not very obvious at first but catches on), and prolonged vocal stretches. Before I could fathom and imbibe their style, the next song, “Desolation is Divine” is queued in. Strangely this song starts with obtuse vocals, tempo slower than usual, and now the prominent undertone growls compliments well with the original vocal style on the song. The solos feel very out of place as its almost triple the tempo of the song. Till now I feel that their songs lack good arrangements and are a little haphazard.
Matt Brand’s vocals on this album sounds heavily inspired by Ozzy Osbourne, and its hard to shake it off. The third song, “The Day After The War” has a pretty decent song arrangement, the slow beating drums along with the vocals, sets a definition for Doom on this song. It has a guest guitarist Ian Arkely shredding, again what I feel are on a higher tempo than what’s required from the song.