Lutharo – Chasing Euphoria Review

Lutharo Unleashes Sonic Mastery: A Symphony of Death Metal, Viking Power, and Unforgettable Melodies in their Sophomore Album 'Chasing Euphoria'...

Melodic Death Metal

Atomic Fire Records

Release Date – March 15th 2024

 

Line Up:

Krista Shipperbottom – Vocals

Victor Bucur – Guitar/Backing Vocal

Chris Pacey – Bass

Cory Hofing – Drums

 

Tracklist:

1 – Gates Of Enchantment

2 – Reaper’s Call

3 – Ruthless Bloodline

4 – Time To Rise

5 – Born To Ride

6 – Bonded To The Blade

7 – Chasing Euphoria

8 – Creating A King

9 – Strong Enough To Fall

10 – Paradise Or Parasite

11 – Freedom Of The Night

 

Lutharo, formed in 2014 in Hamilton, Ontario, has consistently delivered a prolific catalog, including numerous singles, three EPs, and a debut full-length. Now, with their sophomore record, and a debut on Atomic Fire, they showcase their evolution.

The album kicks off with a chilling orchestral introduction and a military snare, setting the stage for a journey that oscillates between dark intensity and melodic prowess. ‘Reaper’s Call’ unveils Krista Shipperbottom’s versatile vocal range, transitioning from a cutesy pop princess to Satan’s little sister. ‘Ruthless Bloodline’ introduces brutal death metal and deathcore elements, complemented by an unexpectedly catchy chorus.

‘Time To Rise’ reveals yet another facet of Shipperbottom’s vocal prowess, seamlessly navigating between powerful singing and fierce roars over a relentless machine gun riff. ‘Born To Ride’ pays homage to melodic metal with Maiden influences, paving the way for the Viking power metal of ‘Bonded To The Blade’ and the eponymous title track.

‘Creating A King’ stands out as a rattling, raucous slab of symphonic death metal, featuring an infectious chorus that persists on ‘Strong Enough.’ The album takes a darker turn with the biting and vicious ‘Paradise Or Parasite.’ The final track, ‘Freedom Of The Night,’ gracefully begins with medieval-inspired lines before erupting into a crushing modern metal anthem.

Lutharo masterfully blends death metal, Viking metal, and symphonic elements, infusing each track with pounding rhythms, razor-sharp guitars, and massive melodies. Shipperbottom steals the spotlight, juxtaposing sweetness with ferocity. This album is a must-listen, so don’t find yourself at the back of the line!

 

Written by: Smudge

Ratings: 8/10

 

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