Lyfthrasyr are a band from Germany that plays a very melodic and symphonic form of black metal along with elements of death metal and industrail and this is a review of their self released 2013 album "The Engineered Flesh".
"The New Era of Immortality" which is also the first song on the album opens up with electronic music sounds and a few seconds later drums and symphonic keyboards kick in and also leads up to some heavy guitar riffs and leads and then the black/death metal vocals make their presence known and blast beats are also added in and then the song starts bringing extreme metal and electronic music together.
"Soul Transition Interface" begins with atmospheric and symphonic sounding synths before adding in heavy guitar riffs and blast beats from the drums before going for a more mid paced symphonic black metal direction and adding in death metal growls along with some whispers and then the song starts alternating between fast and mid paced parts and you can also hear bass guitars in certain sections of the song as well as bringing in industrial and electronic music elements and as time goes on by high pitched black metal screams start becoming a part of the song.
"Technological Singularity" kicks in with industrial style synths before adding in heavy guitar riffs and drums and a few seconds later whispers start coming in before going more into death metal growls and black metal screams and halfway through the song the guitars start utilizing some melody.
"Evolution" opens up with heavy guitar and bass riffs along with some drums and blast beats before adding in industrial elements and death metal growls and as the song moves on black metal screams start to kick in and then the music starts utilizing some symphonic synths and spoken word samples before going back to a more heavy and brutal sound.
"Mind Simulator" starts up with industrial and electronic music sounds along with some symphonic synths before adding in heavy guitar riffs and drums and then industrial style vocals start to kick in and evolve into black metal screams shortly after that as well as the guitar riffing getting a lot more melodic and then the song starts alternating between soft and heavy parts and also adding in death metal growls and powerful sounding bass guitars.
'Preserved Indentity" makes its way in with heavy, fast and brutal sounding death metal guitar riffs before adding in drums, bass guitars and chants which also leads up to some growls and whispers as well as throwing in blast beats and synths along with a few seconds of spoken word samples which also leads to elements of industrial kicking in and as time goes on by the guitar riffing starts utilizing some melody as well as a small amount of black metal screams and melodic vocals becoming a part of the song.
"Wisdom In The Loop" is introduced with atmospheric and industrial sounds along with some spoken word samples a few seconds later which also leads to heavy guitar and bass riffs along with some drums which also leads to black and death metal vocals kicking in and as time goes on by there is a brief use of blast beats being utilized.
"Life Overdose" which is the last song on the album begins with industrial style sounds and synths and a minute later heavy guitar riffs and death metal growls start to kick in and a few seconds later black metal screams and powerful bass guitars start to kick in as well as a small amount of whispers and towards the end there is a brief use of guitar leads as well as the song alternating between clean and heavy parts.
Song lyrics cover scientific themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound for being a s elf released recording where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.
In my opinion Lyfthrasyr are a very great sounding black/death metal band with symphonic and industrial elements and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The New Era of Immortality" "Evolution" and "Wisdom In The Loop". RECOMMENDED BUY.