Lantern are a band from Finland that h as been featured before in this zine and plays a blackened form of death metal and this is a review of their 2017 album "II: Morphosis" which will be released in March by Dark Descent Records.
A very heavy sound along with a great amount of dark sounding melodies start off the album and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and after awhile death metal growls are added onto the recording and the solos and leads are done in a very melodic fashion and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard.
Throughout the recording there is a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and a great amount of black metal influences can be heard throughout the recording and the music also brings in a great amount of 90's influences while also sounding very modern at the same time and there is also a brief use of clean playing and synths along with a couple of instrumental tracks while later songs bring back vocals along with elements of thrash and grindcore and a couple of songs are very long and epic in length.
On this recording Lantern change their sound around a bit and add in more of a 90's style of death metal with some thrash and grind elements while some black metal influences remain, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover hell, evil and death themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Lantern and if you are a fan of blackened death metal with touches of thrash and grind, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Black Miasma" "Cleansing Of the Air" and "Lucid Endlessness". 8 out of 10.