A cold wave/goth group made up of members of dark, black, sludgy metal bands? Huh? Sounds wild right? But hey, don't knock 'til you've tried it! Because Liar In Wait are absolutely the gloomiest band around right now that aren't French maestros Soror Dolorosa and you probably (definitely) should be listening to them. Comprising of Adam Clemans (vocals, Wolvhammer, ex-Iron Thrones, Veil of Maya), Jeff Wilson (guitar, Wolvhammer, Chrome Waves, ex-Nachtmystium), Jim Adolphson (bass, keys) and Peter Clarke (drums, ex-Iron Thrones) - told you they were metal - Liar In Wait traverse the world of deathly sadness and revel in the melancholy melody of it all with their debut EP Translations of the Lost.
The four tracks found on Translations of the Lost are deeply moving compositions that stir with a shadowed knowledge of the darkest moments in life and Liar In Wait allow themselves to fall into the claustrophobic pitch of night. "Faithless" introduces the band with graceful style and standout bass lines that hit with a tangible weight whilst Clemans vocal threads get ever lower with each subsequent groove and on "Conversations in Violet" it seems to reach an almost painful level of measured register. The bittersweet keyboard lines that fill the hollows left by the minimal and simple stringed instrument arrangements are tinged with an apprehensive and fully acquainted admiration of the twilight edges of life.
"Fall With Me" falls (sorry) ever deeper into misery and the tightly wound anguish simmers at the surface before the stark, clean lines of tripped out synths render the track unto oblivion. Liar In Wait are here for you heart and most definitely your soul and "Fall With Me" stakes an undeniable claim for both in its hypnotic hooks and mesmerising keyed approaches. "And There our Heart Will Be Also" closes Translations of the Lost on heartbreaking moments of unimaginable woe and those blissed out flourishes of synth rise to finish this journey of true and total despair.
Never stop the sadness.
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