Review: “Dimensional Rift” by Lost Brethren

Having released no less than four studio albums that have included guest appearances from The Faceless mastermind Michael Keene and Rafael Trujillo of Obscura, United Kingdom Sci-fi inspired Technical Death Metal act Lost Brethren have turned to Stefano Morabito (Fleshgod Apocalypse, Decrepit Birth, Hideous Divinity) at 16th Cellar Studios in Rome to mix and master their next burnt offering “Dimensional Rift“. An EP at this time time in their career seems an interesting choice but having trodden the boards with Red Method, Bloodshot Dawn and Gutalax since announcing themselves, perhaps something shorter, sharper and more painful is in order to get their point across…

Vocalist Adam Brown, lead guitarist Adrien Crozet, drummer Krzysztof Klingbein and multi instrumentalist Ant Deane (rhythm guitarist, bassist, Theremin) have been a growing concern for more than a decade and here they show no signs of remorse for their crimes against humanity. A glorious exploitation movie introduction welcomes “Terrestrial Ashes” as the opening track, full of cut and thrust with an ocean of blast beats and rampaging technical riffs, Morabito deserving a lot of credit for his mixing job that allows them to shine. The surprise on this one are the powerhouse staccato riff breaks overlaid by the vibrant leads which ensure that the track packs plenty of punch. “Intergalactic Reprisal” then offers unhinged helter skelter riffs that Rings Of Saturn fans would kill for and will induce circle pits that create wormholes to other dimensions when the band take it to the stage. The sheer turbulent violence of the piece with its closing single none of Jazz a poetic after thought is nothing short of Jaw dropping. As a track “Dimensional Rift” finds Brown reaching some bowel clenching lows that threaten to burst into flames of Slam vocals but don’t quite reach that point. Instead Crozet laces the track with metaphorical kerosene as he unleashes some fret board melting solo moments that the rhythms ignite in Devilishly fine fashion. Earworm leads give “Nefarious Reign” a real addictive quality before a false ending to a brutal mosh pit inducing Death Groove breakdown final minute pulverises the cerebral cortex in nasty fashion. A record that screams “play me again jack!“, if you haven’t already, this one will make you want to deep dive into the bands back catalogue faster than you can shout the title [8/10]

Track Listing

  1. Terrestrial Ashes
  2. Intergalactic Reprisal
  3. Dimensional Rift
  4. Nefarious Reign

Dimensional Rift” by Lost Brethren is out 3rd March 2023 via Grindscene Records

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