Lunar Path- Memento Mori

Band: Lunar Path
Album: Memento Mori
Release Date: 16th March 2021
Genre: Gothic/ Melodic Metal
Label: Inverse Records

‘Memento Mori’ is the debut album from the Finnish gothic metal band Lunar Path. The band describe it as ”a concept album about a downward spiral in depression and death”. ‘Memento Mori’ has been inspired by various adverse events which have shaped the band’s history, including an arson attack on their practice premises back in 2010. It also features a number of guest vocalists including: Attila Csihar (Mayhem), Tuomas Saukkonen (Before The Dawn, Black Sun Aeon), JP Leppäluoto (Charon, Northern Kings, Harmaja) and Antti Leskinen (Fatal Sound Project, Chained, Murena).

‘The Beginning and the End’ is a somewhat unusual way to start an album. As an intro it’s progressive and melodic which, oddly enough, leaves the listener without a clue of what’s actually up next! With ‘Promise Me’ come the female vocals which luckily bear no resemblance to to the operatic style of old Nightwish. They rather remind me of Within Temptation, Lacuna Coil or even Evanescence. ‘We’ll be There’ offers more of the same with the melodic guitars complementing the soft female vocals.

The next track ‘The One Behind the Mirror’ stands out for a number of reasons; namely due to the very well executed keyboard intro and the vocals which take me back to an era when female fronted, gothic metal was at its height. Similar things can be said for ‘Thin White Lines’. Other noteworthy tracks include: ‘In The End’ (featuring JP Leppäluoto) which sees two gothic metal singers working together in a duet, the symphonic ‘The Only Way is Through’, the somewhat eerie sounding ‘Walls are Whispering (feat. Attila Csihar) and the tranquil ‘Close The Door’.

Just in case this style got a bit too predictable, the band have thrown a very creepy yet melodic instrumental called ‘Who Are You Talking To?’ which proves a nice interlude before the final ballad ‘River Runs Deep’.

Thanks Lunar Path, for restoring my faith in the existence of good, gothic metal in this post-Nightwish era!!


Iza Raittila

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