CD review LOVIATAR ‘Lightless’

Although the majority of North American bands come from the US, the Canadian Metal scene has a lot to offer too. Bands like Voivod, Danko Jones, Exciter, Devin Townsend and Anvil are just a few, not to forget the mighty Rush and Triumph.

Loviatar might not belong to the first league of Canadian Metal when it comes to commerciality and awareness, but they for sure come up with exciting music.

The quartet, hailing from Ottawa, Ontario, was founded in 2010. Bond, JP, SW and JD premiered with a self-titled album in 2017 after having published several EP’s. Three years later the new album ‘Lightless’ marks an extension of their discography.

Very logically, ‘Lightless’ is dark. The quartet builds their music on heavy riffs, driven by a slo-mo rhythm. Next to the dense sound the guys create a good level of emotional intensity that manifests itself in song like ‘Lightless’, the title track. More than 10 minutes of thorough Doom Metal push dark clouds in front of the sun. An atmospheric and acoustic start creates some first shivers. The song stays in slo-mo although building up heaviness along the way, amplifying the dark expression.

‘Lightless’ is a well-done counterpart to the brighter days of spring. The quartet paints a claustrophobic musical picture with a lyrical concept, inspired by authors like Emile Zola and Thomas Ligotti. If you want to discover the depth of darkness, ‘Lightless’ is the album you should listen to.

Rating: 7 out of 10.


  1. Suffocation Delirium
  2. Horse in Thrails
  3. Cave In
  4. Silca
  5. All the Witches You Failed to Burn
  6. Lightless

Label: Prosthetic Records

Genre: Doom Metal

Release Date EU: April 3rd, 2020



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