Today, LLNN of Copenhagen release their third album, ‘Unmaker’, and in the 24 hours since it appeared on Spotify here in Australia I’ve been unable to fucking stop listening to it.
It wasn’t until very recently, with the release of one of this new album’s singles that I was even aware of LLNN, but holy shit did they get my attention fast. So much so that I was waiting for the album to pop on Spotify so I could listen to it immediately, and it did not disappoint.
So now I wrote about a band I am only slightly more familiar with than you. But if I can’t think about any other music right now, what choice do I have?!
At a base level, LLNN could be labelled a post-hardcore band – the intensity and aggression is there, and the vocal delivery certainly fits – but this is something so far beyond the genre it’s not immediately recognisable. This is some of the most confrontingly heavy music I’ve ever heard. The guitars are thick, and lower than the Mariana Trench, creating a terrifying, thunderous wall of noise.
It’s here, with these gargantuan riffs, I hear more similarities to post-metal, or sludge metal, as LLNN walk the sweet spot between the two, not unlike Amenra.
The guitars serve not to give the composition a melody, or a clear motif, but rather act as a force of nature – lurching forward and dragging the drums and bass with it, like an unstoppable pulsating metal monster.
The melodic elements of the music comes from the fantastic use of synths, offering gentle tunes, harsh noises, and sinister drones, all the while injecting an exciting and undeniable character.
I may be a new LLNN fan, but I am all in on this band. Halfway through my second listen if ‘Unmaker’ I went online and ordered the vinyl. Because this is something special…. Fucking heavy… and special.