Review: The Rose of Lilith – Soulless (single)

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Written by Brett Kihlmire

Formed in 2014 in Hialeah Gardens, Florida, The Rose of Lilith blends symphonic, death, and gothic metal into a delightfully dark and melodic package. Up to this point, however, the project has yet to release a full album or an extended play. The closest we have to a full release is a six track demo of instrumental tunes from 201 and a pair of official singles.

The latest single by The Rose of Lilith is ‘Soulless’ and this one brings some serious star power with Lance King (ex-Pyramaze), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear) Andi Kravljaca (Aeon Zen) Ollie Bernstein (Ousiodes) and Mikel Johnston (Heretical Lacerations).

With this incredible lineup, The Rose of Lilith brings together an exciting track. Things start out right with a melodic lead guitar and chunky riffs. Soon enough, Johnston comes into play with deep, snarly vocals just as entrancing synths give the track a nice horror vibe. Andi Kravljaca can be heard narrating for a moment before Scheepers enter with his soaring clean vocals. A shreddy mini-solo breaks things up just enough before Johnson comes roaring back with the horror synths behind him. Late in the track we’re greeted by a gnarly solo and an attention grabbing bass line before Kravljaca grabs the mic for just a few moments before the powerful highs of King take command. Things end with some hard hitting drums and some gorgeous synth melodies before the song finally expires.

While the variety of voices can be a little overwhelming at times, this is a solid offering from Rose of Lilith. Overall, this track has a little bit of everything you’d expect from a goth meets symphonic band, except perhaps a female soprano. It has a powerful cinematic style with strong horror elements and an outstanding cast of guests, which makes for a tight and clean track. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys this style of music and that being said, I look forward what the band has in store.

 

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