Lectern - Precept of Delator - (7/10)
Published on May 23, 2017
The Italian death metal band Lectern has existed in one incarnation or another since 1999. Even so, it took them until 2015 to release their debut album, entitled Fratricidal Concelebration. Now the band is back with their sophomore album, Precept of Delator.
Precept of Delator is a solid example of modern death metal. Essentially Lectern plays a version of death metal that blends the most recognizable parts of Cannibal Corpse and the Floridian scene. Vocalist Fabio Bava’s¹ voice resembles Corpsegrinder’s a bit and the riffs have a similar tone to recent Cannibal Corpse and the mix of crushing grooves and slightly technical touches that Fisher and company have made their trademark. There’s also a bit of swampy Floridian influences on Precept of Delator; “Palpation of Sacramentarian” reeks of Obituary. Finally, there are some riffs, notably the ones on “Gergal Profaner” and “Fluent Bilocation” that are ripped straight from Reign in Blood. Hopefully Slayer isn’t as litigious as some of their Big 4 peers. One of the album’s greatest strengths is its production; it’s full and deep, without being too clean. The guitars and vocals sound especially vicious.
Lectern is at their best when they combine these elements of classic death and thrash, as they do on the first half of the album. However, they abandon this approach on the second half of the album and are basically just another modern death metal band that’s competent enough to be enjoyable, but not much more. Also, and I realize this may be a bit trivial, but what is up with the song titles on this album? “Discorporation with Feral?” “Diptych of Perked Oblation?” I understand English may not be the band’s first language, but the song titles are basically just random ‘metal’ words strung together that make no sense. The lyrics are the same way.
Death metal fans seeking out a new band should give Lectern a chance. Precept of Delator is a solid, albeit fairly standard example of modern death metal, especially on the first half of the album. After that, there are still enough good riffs and moments here to merit a listen but don’t be surprised if you feel you’ve heard it all before.
 No relation to Mario. At least I don’t think so.