Goth doom inspired debut breathes plenty of life
Romanian (Bucharest) quartet L.O.S.T. came together for the first time in March 2004 when vocalist/bassist Vlad Busca, keyboardist Dragos Halmagi and drummer/vocalist George Angel Tudor rehearsed for the first time. A short time later, guitarist/vocalist BB Hanneman joined and the band's line-up was complete. After a two track promo titled Ziua ce vine was released late in 2004, the band completed work on another three songs that would be combined with the two promo tracks on their debut EP Last Breath which would see the light of day in March 2005.
The slow, meandering beat of the Ziua ce vine (which also featured on the promo EP) is eventually joined by the menacing down tuned guitars and haunting keyboards that are L.O.S.T.'s signature gothic doom sound. Clipa continues the eerie, deathly vibe with a slightly quicker pace, and like the opening track, it is also sung/growled in the band's native tongue. The title track's soft acoustic intro soon makes way for a plooding, grinding riff that builds and drops with every phrase as it takes you through wave after wave of emotive highs and lows, easily marking itself as the strongest track on offer. The early Therion and My Dying Bride qualities continue with the decidedly quicker but no less interesting Dreams In Black and the doom laden closing track, No More.
L.O.S.T. has crafted an interesting and enjoyable debut EP in Last Breath. It would be wise for fans of material that mixes early My Dying Bride and Therion laced with smatterings of black and thrash metal to invest their time into checking out this one! If this EP is any indication, I for one will definitely be keen to check out their debut long player whenever that surfaces!