Like death metal? Check! Like juicy riffs? Check! Like Immolation? Check! Hell from the get go Construct of Lethe knows how to rub me the right way. There are definitely worse bands out there to gain influences from than the mighty Immolation but at times I do think Construct of Lethe sounds a bit too similar to their peers. It’s not like the whole album is an Immolation clone either, Construct of Lethe does bring a lot of their own game to the table as well as some darker Horizon Blaze or Ulcerate elements here and there. I just wished they did it more often as it would make them stand out more to me. No denying this is music I like though and the 40 minutes Exiler offers is a joy to listen to which I’ve done so for many spins while writing this. I’ve said so before and will say so again, music doesn’t have to be insanely innovating and groundbreaking in order to be good.
All that aside there are a couple of songs I started pressing the old skip button on as I disliked them more with each listen. Those two are “Fugue State” and “Terraces of Purgation” who both started becoming a snoozefest the more I heard them. In the end it’s a good album with flaws and positive sides to it, a better start than finisher in my ears. Exiler is very different than their debut Corpsegod was, which is for both good and bad. This is instead closer to their EP, The Grand Machination, but with a better vocal performance. They do lack some of the heavy crushing sound they had going on back then. Which is a shame but at the same time the song-writing has improved. I think Construct of Lethe can do way better than this though. If they mix up the good parts from their different albums they will have something really great going. It’s not an album that will land on my best of the year lists and at times it seems like an Immolation light if I am being very rough to Exiler. However it is worth at least a couple of spins to anyone out there who likes death metal.
Label: Everlasting Spew Records
For fans of: Immolation and Horizon Ablaze
Release date: June 20th, 2018
Favorite song: The Clot