Laster are a duo from the Netherlands that has been featured before in this zine and plays an atmospheric form of black metal and this is a review of their 2014 cassette "De Verste Verte Is Heir" which was released by Broken Limbs.
A very dark and ambient sound starts off the album along with the guitars slowly creeping in and after a minute the music starts getting more black meal orientated in sound as well as going into more of a fast and raw musical direction which also shows blast beats and high pitched screams being added into the music and later on spoken word parts can be heard in the music at times and they add in a more depressive feeling to the recording.
There is a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts present throughout the recording and the music goes for more of an atmospheric black metal direction along with a decent amount of melody being added into their musical sound and all 4 of the tracks are very long and epic in length and there is a lot of raw aggression in the faster sections of the songs and after awhile drones can be heard in the music at times.
At times the vocals adding in some elements of depressive and suicidal black metal in the screams and as the album progresses synths and melodic choirs can be heard in the music briefly and when solos and leads are utilized on the recording they bring in a more melodic and atmospheric approach to modern black metal and on the last track elements of darkwave are added into t he music along with some clean singing vocals
Laster creates another atmospheric black metal sound with this recording as well as adding more epic structures and synths while also retaining a very raw and depressive sound, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in Dutch and cover literature and inner struggles.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Laster and if you are a fan of atmospheric black metal, uoi should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Alles wat mij bevalt, ontvalt me" and "Ik - mijn masker". 8 out of 10.