Hard Rock Fans Will Enjoy Lit Soul’s New Album
Written by: Chaz Pruchnicki
LIT SOUL’s album, ‘Love At War,’ is a heady admixture of hard rock, metal-like riffs, and prog sensibilities. The subtle nuances of the album reflect, no doubt, the complex, even controversial worldview of the band itself. Nevertheless, at the core of this joint is an authentic monument to hard rock, enhanced by excellent musicianship, and often unexpected choices as regards both the composition of the songs, and their order on the album itself.
There are 10 tracks on this album, many boasting a unique sound, even as compared to other tracks on the disk. The album itself roars out of the gate with some classic rockish ballad-style riffs that lull you into a false sense of a security about what’s to come, but almost immediately, (and gloriously) those expectations are betrayed. Beyond that point, the album is a delightful medley, with early gems like “Petrified Time” clearly embracing hard rock’s progeny, early heavy metal. After that, things begin to slow down. The 4th track on the album, “Stoner Rock” lives up to its name, keeping the heaviness of previous tracks while still being a strangely mellow piece.
The descent in both tempo and tone continues as we hit track number 5: “Home.” This acoustic number is one of the most enjoyable on the album, not only for the rich minor chords that made up its body, but for where it is in the track list. Acting as a natural progression from the first track while still surprising the listener with a brief respite from the heaviness of the previous song. Home serves as a natural midpoint for the album.
“Eternal” is an exciting return to what I’ve come to consider “classic LIT SOUL,” with distinct percussion is used to supplement key vocal sections.
The album closes on a pair of more somber canticles. The first of the closing songs, “Tangled Noose,” makes ample use of acoustic guitar and electric guitar harmonies to weave a slower, almost country sounding piece that titillates and excites with its variety. The final piece on the album, “Seven Worlds,” is a wonderful ending. Opening with a long stretch of silence, this song has large slow riffs, quiet percussion, and almost spoken lyrics that builds to a pair of wonderful guitar riffs that take the listener into the stratosphere before fading off into silence.
Overall, LIT SOUL’s ‘Love At War’ is a pleasant diversion. There is enough going on here to keep any fan of hard rock interested, and while they aren’t exactly breaking any “new ground,” they are bringing their own voices to a timeless style. I give ‘Love At War’ an 8 out of 10.