Brisbane metalcore outfit, Lavidius are about to unleash their second full-length studio album, Helisma next month. As with their debut album – 2014 release, Prison Within – the recording was done at Anders Debeerz, with mixing by Sakkuth guitarist, Adam Merker. The recording process was protracted somewhat by a couple of line-up changes, resulting in some subtle changes in delivery, but the final result isn’t too great a leap from its predecessor.
Upon first listen, my first impression was that the album was a little one-dimensional. With each spin, however, it becomes increasingly apparent that Helisma is far more complex than first meets the ear. The album is laced with intricate, groove-laden riffs, accompanied by the band’s trademark thunderous bass. It also contains all of the melodic harmony associated with Swedish influences such as Soilwork and Arch Enemy. All this is complemented by sublime leads and searing solos, most notably on “Sorry Sweetheart” and the closing track, “The Nameless Girl”.
Standouts are “Hand of Carmenta”, title track “Helisma”, and the blistering “Days Get Darker”, featuring guest vocalist Björn Strid of Soilwork.
After some turbulence, it appears that Lavidius are now stable, strong, and ready to conquer all before them. This album is both powerful and catchy, and with an eerily awesome video to accompany the first single, “Cold and Alone”, Helisma is the perfect platform from which to launch their assault.