ALBUM: Loch Vostok -”V – The Doctrine Decoded”
LABEL: ViciSolum Productions
GENRE: Progressive Metal
RATING: 6.0 / 10
I made a very public statement about Loch Vostok’s debut, praising it to the heavens. In retrospect I was more than a little rash, but it’s still a good album.
Since then they have released three albums, not counting this, their fifth. I picked up “Destruction Time Again” (2006) but I haven’t heard the two ones after that. Jumping directly to the fifth album I feel I haven’t missed a beat since their debut. Most everything sound the same, albeit a bit heavier and with a fuller production. Any other outcome would certainly be a strike-out since main-man Teddy Möller (vocals and guitars, also in F.K.Ü. and Wuthering Heights) nowadays runs his own studio nearby the university city of Uppsala in Sweden.
Mr. Möller is not one of my favorite singers, neither in growling nor clean singing, but he gets the job done and I especially like track three: “Syndrome of Self”.
Talking about tracks, the closer is a quite beautiful song. It’s called “Beyond the Obvious” and features a really nice trumpet melody (played on keyboards no doubt) that comes around a few times and lastly rings out the whole album in a wonderful way.
“V – The Doctrine Decoded” is a sombre sounding record with jazzy arrangements, sometimes blasting – sometimes laid-back, but always changing. It’s challenging to listen to, and this time around I’m not as overwhelmed.
The band and label call the music “avantgardemetal”.
Review by: MJ