Though we are in 2017 I still find it important to touch upon hits from last year that we may have missed. Who knows, maybe you have missed them as well and through this writing we will be acquainting you with some of the best music from the previous year. One such act that did pass through our fingers was the sonorous sounds of Bestial Mouths mid-2016 LP Heartless. This ten track album should be a gothic paradise as lead singer Lynette Cerezo has been compared to the legendary Siouxsie Sioux dozen of times. The music is dark and brooding but catchy and danceable; it’s an all out mystical sonic playground that will bring out the shy, little critters in all of our blackened hearts.
‘Greyed’ starts off the album and the atmospheric mood and tribal like percussion make it sound like the song is being brought from the powers of a witch. Cerezo’s leading vocals are hypnotizing, deep, and emotionally charged. The title track of the album came next with a furious and chaotic beat always turning the song. While the song itself may not give away much, the bound images, abused face, and push and pulled character of the music video showcases a song possibly about self-conflict or outside pressure.
‘Small Prey’ ramped up the synth work and had it as a solid foundation for the song. Along with Cerezo’s singing, a goblin like voice shouted in the background right behind adding a folklore element to the track. ‘Faceless’ gave the song much more atmosphere like before and added a heated, echoing effect to Cerezo’s voice. Noise walls and blasts of electronic bliss filled my ears as I made my way through ‘Ceased’. Discards and remnants of aural debris filled my ears with a cavernous effect.
The chilling 2015 single that was released as a teaser to Heartless came next. The sound of this track is drastically different from what we’ve seen so far. A roaming electro line breathes throughout the song as less heavy but faster percussion pushes through as well. Cerezo’s vocals however have the same breadth and power as always.
When the intro of ‘Earth’ played, the heavy drums made it sound like the track was going to lead right into a metal oriented track. Alas, I was instead fed more glorious tribal infused gothic bliss. The added bells in the song were a lovely, lovely touch. ‘Worn Skin’ gave the song more metallic clashes and sounded as if the track would be at home at the altar of a darkened Church.
Elements of downtrodden techno appeared in the song ‘Being Boiled’ but did not bring it to a lighter club attraction. Though more tech-riddled than what we’ve seen so far ‘Being Boiled’ was absolutely fantastic. The final song on the album ‘White Eyes’ brought along some sci-fi sounding synth work that would make John Carpenter proud. As the song rolled on Cerezo sung off like a siren, the aura of the song was fierce, and the beat was frantic. An overall grand way to end off the album.
Though it did come out last year Bestial Mouths’ Heartless will work its way to be a timeless album that the gothic community will love, worship, and adore. The witchy essence, heavy percussions, and atmospheric electronic work is a love letter to all things dark and I think this is Bestial Mouths’ most powerful work to date.
The haunting new album from avant garde electronic act Bestial Mouths that AV Club have called “chilling, and horrifically entrancing” and Vice declares “makes us want to set pine cones on fire and throw them at the common folk!”
Vocalist Lynette Cerezo absolutely captivates with her extraordinarily mesmerizing lyrics and voice which evokes both Siouxsie Sioux and Diamanda Galas!
Heartless marks a major landmark for the band being the most approachable and fully realized album of their career thus far while also continuing to break new artistic ground!
2. Heartless Bestial
3. Small Prey
6. Down To The Bones
8. Worn Skin
9. Being Boiled
10. White Eyes