LYZANXIA has come across my attention on and off, mostly due to current and past members doing various other projects, but yet have I to actually gander off to listen to them…to take the dive into their long running career. With “Locust," their fifth album, my first experience with LYZANXIA is a solid one, and one that certainly entertains my love of bands like THREAT SIGNAL and SOILWORK.
“Locust” is an honest effort. The band certainly splashes their Modern influenced style with some fun Thrash detailing that sets them apart from their peers. This style of Modern Thrash works wonders for them as it blends pretty flawlessly together. The band easily shifts from Modern stop-n-go rhythm chunking of guitar riffs/drum kicks to more energetic triplet flurries and Thrashy snare pops. With hints of melody throughout like on “Light Transition," thanks mostly to the duel vocal style of harsh screams and melodic croons (not quite near as Pop-like as the two previously mentioned acts), “Locust” gives a good sprint for combining the two genres.
Ironically, it’s one flaw is that, particularly compared to LYZANXIA’s peers, this album tends to not be all that memorable. The lacking Pop influence in their melodic work makes them sound Thrashier and more Metal, but it lacks a bit of that sheer catchiness that makes the genre such a unique thing. The band strikes out some solid music, but it quickly fades after all is said and done.
“Locust” works at what it is. It’s a new Thrash effort that sparks with Modern influences and structures, but it doesn’t quite leave the impact it might have. It’s easy to see with this album why LYZANXIA has been around for quite some time, but never quite pushed their way to the mainstream. Personally, I enjoyed the album very much, but general fans may not see the beauty of its consistency.
Songs to check out: “Underlie," “Light Transition," “Tomorrow Died."
(Online July 26, 2011)