It is great to witness the release of a project that had its share of hard work and self-produced their debut album a few years ago. Lachrimatory, a doom metal sextet unusually hailing from Brazil, had initially published "Transient" through independent channels in 2011, after a couple of demos that had come out over the previous decade.
The Russian label Solitude Productions — in its strenuous search for notable names especially in the doom metal scene — stumbled upon the band from Curitiba and hit the jackpot by re-releasing this work in August 2014. The cover welcomes us into a domestic but oppressive environment, probably the prison conveyed by the opener "Seclusion". The entire booklet features obscure photos of furniture details and a few windows, presumably looking outside at the human condition that seems so discomforting to the narrating voice. In terms of content we are on quite familiar grounds, the disappearance of a loved one is a recurring theme in many of the verses, as well as our insecurity towards reality. Unfortunately, the lyrics also show a few linguistic inaccuracies and typos that could have been revised taking advantage of this release.
Nevertheless, we are dealing with a great work when it comes to music: the six musicians perfectly know how to manage the atmospheres and durations, as well as the space given to the different instruments; the tracks are never trite and they always offer a little unexpected something (as in "Deluge"). It is interesting to see that an actual cello is also a part of the line-up (played by Maiko Thomé). Ávila Schultz, both keyboardist and lead vocalist, seems to prefer growl but doesn’t overlook clean passages ("Void"), while the two guitarists Alexandre and Tiago help with backing vocals every once in a while. The interest for Lachrimatory’s music stays alive throughout the entire album and we might even feel like we want more at the end of "Void".
"Transient" is definitely a great album in this genre, and it has finally found a distribution channel worthy of its value. Lachrimatory could use some more work on their lyrics and contents, but musically speaking this is a gem from 2011 that every atmospheric doom metal fan, even with a vague funeral tint, should listen to.