Lake of Blood released ‘Omnipotens Tyrannus’ (stream a song)
By Doug Moore
Omnipotens Tyrannus art
Back in 2011, we streamed a song called “In Wells of Shadow” by the Southern Californian black metal band Lake of Blood. The band has a new album, entitled Omnipotens Tyrannus, out now (on cassette only, natch) via Cult of Melancholy. It includes an updated and improved version of “In Wells of Shadow”, which we’ve debuted over at Invisible Oranges. Here’s a bit from our writeup:
Omnipotens Tyrannus offers an unabashedly modern take on the genre: clear tones, tight performances, and long, expansive songs. In fact, its most visible flaw is its length. Omnipotens Tyrannus clocks in at 79 minutes.
Lake of Blood could’ve done worse than to give us too much of a good thing. Omnipotens Tyrannus punishes, but it also shifts gears frequently. Melody and dissonance receive equal billing in its compositions, and drummer Xsithis drives them both forward with the same relentless precision. Acoustic guitars and spacey ambience vignette some of the songs; Scott Miller of Sutekh Hexen helped Lake of Blood with this connective tissue. But for the most part, the band focuses on dealing out blastbeat after wailing blastbeat. Leviathan architect Wrest contributes both vocals and guitars to two of Omnipotens Tyrannus‘s two songs, including “In Wells of Shadow”, which is streaming above. But without his signature veil of vocal effects, he’s hard to pick out; he becomes another anguished voice howling in the void.