Lord of the Lost – Till Death Do Us Part: The Best Of and Rarities

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/label [URL] Napalm Records
Released: 2019
Buy Album [URL] https://napalmrecords.com/english/till-death-us-do-part-4-cd-digibox.html
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/lordofthelost/

Band line-up:

Chris Harms: Vocals, Guitar, Cello
Pi: Guitar
Class Grenayde: Bass
Gared Dirge: Piano, Synthesizer, Percussion, Guitar
Niklas Kahl: Drums

Tracklisting:

CD 1 – The Best Of

1.Till Death Us Do Part (2019)
2. Loreley
3. Morgana
4. Black Halo
5. Drag Me to Hell
6. In Silence
7. Raining Stars
8. Full Metal Whore
9. Dry The Rain (2014)
10. La Bomba
11. Six Feet Underground
12. Fists Up In The Air
13. Beyond Beautiful
14. Die Tomorrow
15. Blood For Blood
16. See You Soon
17. Sex On Legs
18. Prison
19. Break Your Heart

CD 2 – Rarities

1. One World No Future
2. Death Doesn‘t Kill You But I Do
3. Built To Break
4. The Most Radical Thing To Do
5. La Bomba – Versión Español (feat. Der Schulz & Erk Aicrag)
6. Do You Wanna Die Without A Scar
7. This War
8. When You‘re Asleep
9. Morsal
10. Another Sunny Day In Paradise
11. Take The Pain Away
12. I.D.G.A.F
13. One Day Everything Will Be Okay
14. Trisma
15. Words Of Sadness
16. Zillah
17. Marching Into Sunset (feat. Erk Aicrag)
18. Love In A Time Of War

Review

I’ll start off this review by saying that I’ve never been a big fan of the compilation album format.

Although they do serve a purpose at times, especially if they are the only place to find rare or deleted tracks sought out by a band’s most meticulous fans.

One example of a fairly decent compilation is Till Death Do Us Part: Best Of and Rarities by Germany’s Lord of the Lost – a Gothic Metal band who’ve combined all types of Dark Rock, Gothic, Electronic and Industrial music genres across their 12-year history.

To begin with, the first disc deals with the “Best Of” side of things, and all the band’s most renowned songs are here: “Drag Me To Hell,” “Morgana”, “Die Tomorrow”, etc. So for me, this really is just another generic compilation because it’s simply a list of all the right songs to put on if you want someone to get to know a band, but it hasn’t persuaded me to stop recommending the studio album format as the better way to understand a band’s evolution.

Granted, these songs have had some remastering done to them, so I appreciate their new fidelity as it made them a little easier to understand.

Now, the second disc deals more with what I’d say a compilation is good for – the rarities of a band’s output. On this disc, we have a series of songs which, I presume are often the most requested for live shows by fans and it is good to have them all together in one place for those who want their friends to know LOTL have a wider discography than commonly accepted.

The rarities disc again holds up the band’s darkly romantic fusion of harsh, gritty gothic metal guitars with synthesisers that would have the crowds at festivals like Amphi tearing up the dancefloor the moment the first key is pushed.

It sees the band delving into experimental areas, especially with a catchy Spanish version of “La Bomba” and featuring collaborations with other dark musicians.

Also, should be noted that these two discs are part of a bigger boxset, which contains a demo compilation of some of the band’s oldest recordings – made even before LOTL was a thing, so what I have told you about here is just the tip of the iceberg if these two CDs aren’t enough for you.

Overall, I think I’d recommend this album to the avid LOTL collector, rather than someone who just wants to discover the typical sound and themes of the band. I would go as far as saying the rarities album on its own was enough as a “Best of” release can be released any time in a band’s history so a rarity release alone holds up better.

Not a bad purchase, but perhaps a little more material than needed.

Review by Demitri Levantis

 

 

 

 

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