I have to admit, I’m a very big PECCATUM fan. I know that this band is mostly overlooked and even scoffed at by the large majority of the Metal community, but I’ve always found their discs to be genius, especially “Amor Fati”, which I praise for its blunt avantgardeness. So it was with baited breath I awaited the arrival of “Lost In Reverie”.
Now that I’ve had it for a while, and have had a proper chance to soak it in, I have to admit I’m pleasantly surprised at the change in direction that PECCATUM have undergone. The album is generally much quieter than their previous works, and much more subdued and subtle in terms of its avant-garde qualities. They are, of course, still present, but not as blatant as on “Amor Fati” with the notable exception of certain passages on “Stillness”.
Tracks such as the opening “Desolate Ever After” (aside from a brief, dark industrial passage) and the following “In The Bodiless Heart” both show PECCATUM’s softer side, whereas “Parasite My Heart” and “Black Star” both contain elements of Black Metal. While comparisons between these Black Metal passages and EMPEROR are inevitable, I will refrain from making any, as this albums purpose was never to fill that void.
The most complaints I heard regarding PECCATUM all involved Ihriel’s vocals. However, those who were put of by her vocals on previous releases should still give the new album a proper listen, as she is much more ‘contained’ so to speak, on this one.
While I am a little disappointed at the fact that “Lost In Reverie” wasn’t as over the top as “Amor Fati”, I do appreciate what they have done on this album showcasing their genius in yet another fashion. (Online June 11, 2004)