Release: 14 May 2018
Label: SoundAge Productions
Little Dead Bertha took their sweet time before releasing their sixth album. Previous album Angel and Pain was released in 2010. I was beginning to wonder whether the band was still active. Luckily for us, they still are. Almost 25 years, can you believe it? The band never rose to the premier league of metal and haven’t toured extensively outside their native country, Russia. LDB has its own unique blend of melodic, symphonic, black and death metal. In all the years of existence they have truly mastered this style.
After a not exceptional intro in ‘Heaven for sinners’ the band throws everything at us of what they are good at. Higher and lower male growls, opera-like female vocals, massive speed and a thumping double bass. Great guitar and keyboard lines. I like it when a band doesn’t hide the keyboards behind a big curtain, but instead uses them to create additional musical possibilities. There is even a bit of room for the bass to shine. Fantastic start.
Next is ‘Day of your life’. Initially the speed seems to have dropped a bit. After a nice little piano opening the gas pedal is found once again. Within 10 minutes of this record LDB delivers all the goods. On this particular song the female vocal melodies will stick in your head. On other songs it’s the guitar or keyboard lines that you’ll remember and hum for the rest of the day.
Title track ‘Age of silence’ may be a bit too poppy for many metal lovers. One of the most bombastic songs, leaning to old Nightwish or Sirenia. Onward with ‘Death, life, fall’. Right from the start I want to do two things at the same time. That’s banging my head and whistle the tune at the same time. Believe me, I have tried it and it’s not as hard as you may think. As the song progresses it becomes darker, the double bass hypnotizing us. Another great song.
Last two songs are covers, another feature LDB is known for. Especially ‘Devils diner’ is good fun. I was slightly disappointed to find out that this was actually a cover from Lake of Tears. It wouldn’t hurt the band to try something off their own beaten path, no matter how well they master that. Listening to the original song, LDB deserves another compliment. The band transforms an okay song to a little gem, that no doubt would do wonderfully played live. Far better than the original, more emphasis on the melodies than only the singing.
No fillers, impressive album this, well worth the wait!
- Intro 01:05
- Heaven for Sinners 05:40
- Day of Your Life 04:53
- Age of Silence 04:41
- Restless 05:35
- Death, Life, Fall 05:14
- Storm 06:58
- Come in My Dreams 05:04
- No Time to Cry (The Sisters of Mercy cover) 03:12
- Devils Diner (Lake of Tears cover)04:14