ALBUM REVIEW: letlive. – The Blackest Beautiful
Not many bands catch you off guard but letlive. just happen to be one of those bands that did just that. Having seen them open for Enter Shikari way back in October 2011 the Los Angeles band have caused quite a stir in the music industry, especially within the metal community, when they hit the scene in a big way a couple of years ago. Touring with renowned and fellow hard working bands like Your Demise and most recently Deftones has no doubt helped to improve them to no end.
Opening track and the first single off the album, ‘Banshee (Ghost Fame)’ sets aside any doubt you may have had to wether they can follow their previous album ‘Fake History’. What is great about this band is that they may fundamentally be a metal band but you can hear their broad range of influences from Jazz to Reggae. Frontman Jason Aalon Butler has an unpredictable nature about him onstage and it is reflected on this record meaning you never quite know what you will get next. As you move on through the record you hear massive choruses in songs such as ‘Pheromone Cvlt’ showing their talent goes a lot further than loud guitars and screaming vocals.
Personally I think this album in its entirety might be better, but ‘Fake History’ definitely had the stand out songs proving to me they now seem to be more of that finished article and not just a raw talent. Having already cemented themselves as the kings of the live scene at the moment they could well have released the album of the year in ‘The Blackest Beautiful’ as well.
The album is now available to buy at amazon.
Watch the video for their latest single ‘Banshee (Ghost Fame)’ below