Laster - Het wassen oog (2019)


Completely taking the boundaries of Black Metal for a spin, today we have Laster and their latest effort “Het wassen oog”. Featuring over 44 minutes of truly bizarre and yet completely intoxicating music, this release will have you listening to it over and over and over to discover all the little weird and quirky details baked into their music. If you like outfits like Mord'A'Stigmata and Fruze, you will find this band amazing.

Opening with the dreamy and intense “Vacuüm ≠ behoud”, the band opens a can of weird after the first couple of minutes. This track features a very comfy pace and dreamy guitars, flanked by a mixture of intense harsh vocals and ethereal clean vocal sections. The overall atmosphere is quickly established to be kind of dreamlike and very trippy, thanks to the throbbing bass guitar lines and the funky jazzy elements thrown into the mix, like the piano arrangements of “Schone schijn”.

Giving us some eerie Lantlôs “Melting Sun” vibes, “Zomersneeuw” starts quite dreamy, only to spiral into madness with funky riffs and odd tempo changes. Reminding us of bands like Maudlin of the Well, “Ondersteboven” and “Haat & bonhomie” have that certain free-flowing experimental magic that allows them to be quite enjoyable and at the same time very challenging.

Our personal favorite is the lush “Blind Staren” and its jazzy bass guitar lines, which are perfectly contrasted by violent Black Metal onslaughts. Just when you think that things can’t get any weirder, we get “Weerworm”, a truly hypnotic and completely bonkers piece. Closing with the magical “Zinsbetovering”, we are left quite entertained and engaged with this release. Laster has managed to create a truly unique musical experience with “Het wassen oog” and you should not miss out on the ride. Only recommended for music lovers that like to be pushed out of their comfort zone.

Bands: Laster Album: Het wassen oog

Label: Prophecy Productions

Release: April 5th, 2019

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Genre: Atmospheric/Experimental/Avant-garde Black Metal

Country: Netherlands

Rating: 94/100

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