Honestly, why can’t more [Melodic] Death bands be like LAETHORA? Possibly because they don’t all have Niklas Sundin of DARK TRANQUILLITY on the axe, but that’s beside the point. “March Of The Parasite” is an album written with some obvious intelligence, and is one that manages to vary its attack enough to sound fresh the whole way through.
Thankfully, the dreaded AT THE GATES style of riff mongering has been left at the door, and LAETHORA sound, unsurprisingly, a bit more like DARK TRANQUILLITY. However, these guys are more than just a simple DT clone. In fact, to imply that LAETHORA sound all that much like DARK TRANQUILLITY is quite a mistake. They combine some subtly melodic rhythmic type riffs into a framework of more straightforward old-school Death Metal, and then add some Doom-y sections and a crushingly morose atmosphere, which is helped along nicely by the gritty production. The vocals also add to the depravity of “March…” with Jonatan Nordenstam belting out some excellent growls, as only Swedes can.
The best thing on offer here is LAETHORA’s ability to be flexible with their song writing. Most of the tracks have their own identity, and the result is an album that makes you want to keep listening, because you know that this album is going to keep delivering the goods all the way through, as opposed to trundling out the same verse/chorus type crap the whole way through. I honestly won’t be revisiting this album all that often, as this is the kind of release best reserved for stormy nights, but I can only commend this band for producing such a great release, and recommend it to fans of ENTOMBED, DARK TRANQUILLITY, BLOODBATH and GRAVE.
(Online March 16, 2007)