fresh meat

Sea­soned Swedes seek out hor­rific new depths

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Contents - WORDS: DOM LAW­SON

The Lurk­ing Fear, Lisa Cuth­bert, Po­sei­don

Some­times the best way to get the death metal you want is to go to the ex­perts. Formed last year by five veter­ans of the Swedish scene, in­clud­ing At The Gates mem­bers Adrian Er­lands­son and – per­haps in­evitably – vo­cal­ist Tomas ‘Tompa’ Lind­berg, The Lurk­ing Fear join the ac­claimed likes of Grue­some, Val­len­fyre and Fires­pawn by ap­ply­ing old-school val­ues and experience to their own sub­ver­sive and fe­ro­cious ideas.

“Even re­ally orig­i­nal bands like Voivod or Neu­ro­sis, they still have in­flu­ences but they mix them in a new way, and that’s what we wanted to do,” says Tompa. “It needs to be fresh and in­ter­est­ing, with strong songs, but still lean­ing on those old clas­sic death metal in­flu­ences. We don’t want to be a Florida band or a ‘typ­i­cal’ Swedish band – we’re bring­ing all th­ese cor­ner­stones into some­thing new and ex­cit­ing and not just retro.”

As Tompa sug­gests, The Lurk­ing Fear make no apolo­gies for their debt to Au­topsy, Death, Mor­bid An­gel and Pos­sessed, but the songs on de­but al­bum, Out Of The Voice­less Grave, of­fer a dis­tinc­tive and thrillingly un­tamed take on the death metal blue­print. Steeped in dis­qui­et­ing Love­craftian at­mos­phere, yet pre­cise, bru­tal and son­i­cally in­ci­sive, the al­bum comes adorned with one of the most sub­tly dis­turb­ing pieces of art to grace a sleeve in a long time, courtesy of revered French in­génue Ste­fan Than­neur.

“The whole al­bum is based around the Love­craft uni­verse, but they’re my sto­ries set in that world and I wanted an im­age that was all-en­com­pass­ing,” Tompa ex­plains. “It’s that idea of some­thing re­ally ter­ri­ble and men­ac­ing lurk­ing be­hind this big vor­tex of cos­mic evil and un­der­wa­ter evil at the same time. When I saw the front cover, it’s a strik­ing im­age, but the back cover is in­cred­i­ble, the thing is wait­ing to spew out of it… Oh man, now we’re talk­ing, ha ha ha! Get the vinyl, be­cause the gate­fold is amaz­ing.”

Al­though he and his band­mates have plenty of other com­mit­ments, not least a new At The Gates al­bum loom­ing over the hori­zon, Tompa in­sists that The Lurk­ing Fear is a se­ri­ous, full-time con­cern and not just some jovial side-project. The band al­ready have a stash of new ma­te­rial for a sec­ond al­bum and a col­lec­tive en­thu­si­asm for hit­ting the road that be­lies the fact that th­ese men have all been play­ing death metal for more than a quar­ter of a cen­tury. Ul­ti­mately, when the virus is in your veins, es­cape is not an op­tion and ded­i­ca­tion is ab­so­lute.

“We’ve all known each other since ’88 or ’90 so we talk about old shows, like ‘Re­mem­ber when Bolt Thrower played in Gothen­burg in ’91?’ and ev­ery­body was there, the whole band! So that’s the spirit of it. The egos are not there ei­ther. Ev­ery­one’s re­ally in­spired and try­ing to help out. The amount of friend­ship and con­nec­tion in the band is amaz­ing. Ev­ery­one is still hun­gry but we’re too old and ex­pe­ri­enced to cope with any drama. Drama queens get kicked out straight away!

“The whole al­bum is based around the love­craft uni­verse” TOMAS LIND­BERG

abySSal DeaTh MeTal DiSquieT!

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