Tuesday 23 January 2018


BandLVTN aka Leviathan
GenresPunk / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Post-Metal / Crust / Doom / Sludge
Related artists?.
CountryRome ITALY
Years Active2013-present
Song: "Plague"
Album: "Gelu"
Year: 2017
For fans ofLara Korona, Buried Inside, Amber, The Solexine Chapter, Fall Of Efrafa, Isis, Alaskan, Monuments Collapse, AmenRa, Milanku, I Am A Curse, Lightbearer, Titan, Knut, Protestant, Tigershark, Ruined Families and Nine Eleven.
Label(s): Self Released / Shove Records / Sonatine / Tanato Records / Nut's Tape / Icore / Atomic Soup / Bare Teeth / Tief in Marcellos Schuld Records / Désordre Ordonné
This post's artist is from the December 2017 Mix. This is track #1.
You can download: the January 2018 Mix#1 right here or get the new January 2018 Mix#2 here.

Yet again, for the third time this year, Manuel from Shove Records sent me absolute gold. Italy's LVTN sounds like something Halo Of Flies should have been releasing, aka dirty and crusty post-hardcore/post-metal in the vein of the label owner's band Protestant as well as defunct Fall Of Efrafa and France's current Nine Eleven.

'Demo' is much sludgier and with less aggressive vocals, with the band sounding more hardcore than crusty post-hardcore/post-metal. All of the tracks are much shorter, with each one hovering around the two-minute mark and having a slight Tigershark feel, with "II" being the strongest of those four songs. Also released in 2013 was their debut EP 'Leviathan'. This is much different than its predecessor and shows the 'Gelu' style in its infancy. The vocals are much screamier and crustier, with the instrumentals taking on a much more epic sound, although the songs are still pretty short, with the average here being about three minutes. Opener "war" shows a myriad of styles and boasts some sick drumming, the bassy darkness of "wounds" and "ashes" sounds fantastic. "." is short and spastic while "black summer" is seething and the closer "sickness" is nearly dreamy in its aural effects.

In 2015 they dropped two songs on a 'split 4-way' 12" alongside Kratzer,​ Rha. and Paan. Both songs approach the six-minute mark and bridge the final gap toward the 'Gelu' sound. Driving, epic and fucking groovy, both "Vacuum" and "Me/Less" streamroll over your face only to lift you up with tranquil and dreamy sections.

2017 'Gelu' checked description and for fans of from Shove Records and decided to pick some up in a trade, from which I definitely kept back a 12" for myself. Things get real sick right from the get-go, as opener "Plague" shifts like a heaving, rotting sea of rat corpses. The initial feedback bleeds into low-end, ring-out notes that culminate at 1:20 like an attacking army on horseback. I absolutely adore the isolated guitars and vocals at 1:45 and again at 2:02 that the drums and bass blast in to meet and elevate the already established rhythm. The slowdown at the midway point is spot on, and uses bass and subdued palm mutes to build itself back up before toppling it down again at 3:52 with an unreal stop/start that brings about the destructive conclusion. "Too Low to Fail" feeds off of a killer breakdown/riff intro and spins it into some fantastic arrangements, including another textbook stop/start at 2:35. The finale "Void" is brooding and dark, with a very atmospheric opening that begins its true stranglehold at 1:50 when everything meets up and moves along together. Those lone guitar notes at around three minutes are downright haunting, as this slow and menacing song will give you nightmares. I'd be amiss not to mention that "Inner Lies", "Chocked" and "Knots" are all very good songs as well, making this LP sensational and you'll undoubtedly see it on my top 20 LPs of 2017.



2013 - Demo aka #1 cdEP (stream/donate/download here)
2013 - Leviathan aka 1 s/t cdEP (stream/donate/download here)

2015 - Kratzer​/​Rha​.​/​Paan split 12"LP (stream/donate/download here)

2017 - Gelu cassette/12"LP (stream/donate/download here)


(2017) LVTN - "Plague" (from 'Gelu')

(2017) LVTN - "Too Low to Fail" (from 'Gelu')

(2017) LVTN - "Void" (from 'Gelu')

(2015) LVTN - "Vacuum" (from 'Kratzer​/​Rha​.​/​Paan' split)

(2013) LVTN - "wounds" (from 'Leviathan')

(2013) LVTN - "black summer" (from 'Leviathan')

(2013) LVTN - "II" (from 'Demo')


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