Lenax - Purity - Reviewed By occultblackmetalzine! Tuesday March 5 2024, 1:42 PM
Lenax - Purity - Reviewed By occultblackmetalzine!

Lenax - Purity - Reviewed By occultblackmetalzine ! Check it out here https://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2023/10/lenaxpurity2023-ep-review.html

  Lenax  are  a  band  from  Tennessee  that  plays  a  very  old  school  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2023  ep  "Purity".

  Heavy  riffing  and  melodic  guitar  solos  and  leads  start  off  the  ep  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  while  the  songs  also  add  in a   good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Melodies  are  also  added  onto  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  some  modern  touches  at  times,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on a  couple  of  tracks  and  one  song  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  briefly  towards  the  end.

  Lenax  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  aggressive,  melodic  and  old  school  in  the  mid  90's  tradition  mixed  in  with  a  more  modern  approach  to  the  genre,  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  the  writings  of  H.P  Lovecraft.

  In  my  opinion  Lenax  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shrouded  Sight"  and  "Of  Greater  Forces".  8  out  of  10. occultblackmetalzine

Release Date: October 17, 2023

FFO: Immortal, Dark Funeral, Enslaved

Location: Nashville, TN

“A fiercely powerful soundscape”--The Metalverse, 2023

Tennessee based melodic black metal outfit Lenax is a band on the rise. Their latest opus, Purity, hit streaming services this week to rave reviews and ever increasing plays. With strains reminiscent of classic Immortal, Dark Funeral or Enslaved, the band has stayed true to their influences while creating something new that hooks the listener immediately. Formed in November 2022 as a solo project by guitarist and vocalist Venomous, his previous single release for Shrouded Sight, firmly placed him in the spotlight. Lovecraft inspired lyrics set the stage for a concept that encompassed not only the storytelling aspect of traditional black metal, but also allowed for growth in the way many black metal bands have done over the years with broader content and   experimentation. “One of the things that draws people to Lovecraft is the world building.

The looming sense of danger and madness written into his stories creates an internal mythology. The telling and re-framing of stories over generations is how heroes, myths, and religions are formed. When looking for concepts to write occult themed music, you can involve the pantheon created by Lovecraft with a certain amount of freedom. In other words you don’t have to acknowledge a religious worldview first in order to rebel against it,” he said. Over the past year, Lenax evolved into a full band to enable Venomous to perform live, something he has missed doing and he wants to bring the music to the metal community. Currently consisting of Venomous on Guitar and lead vocals, the band also boasts the addition of established Blood Stained Dusk drummer Profana to the fold. Bass is covered by The Silence and the band is working on a new stage show that is sure to be bold and imaginative.

However, bass tracks on the release are covered by Hephaestus and his ancient Hellenic rendition of the  Headless Rite from the Greek Magical Papyri gives you a glimpse into the grimoire of magical practitioners the world over. “Originally my idea was much simpler. I thought I might just partner up with a local band, put together one show, and call a bucket list item complete. I do really miss playing live, and by the time I got to the point of adding members, I had the itch to play in front of people. Adding members brought fresh perspectives, enhanced creativity, and gave depth to our sound. Plus, having bandmates who are family members creates a deeper bond and understanding,” he said. In the past months the band has been covered by domestic and foreign press with features in Metalized, Rock Hard and others; and a blistering new review of the from The Metalverse sets the tone for future reviews with the statement “Lenax does an excellent job of blending melody and black metal's heavy sound together in a package that creates an attractive yet fiercely powerful   soundscape.”

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