Once Was Never hails from Slovenia and are branded as deathcore, but throughout the majority of Lighthouse in the Abyss they play death metal. When there are breakdowns they never last that long and never over stay their welcome. Instead, Once Was Never focuses more on the death metal side of the spectrum with a little bit of deathcore sprinkled in. Whatever anyone wants to categorize the music as, there is no disputing that it is heavy and does its best to pummel you into the ground.
Lighthouse in the Abyss begins with an atmospheric intro and then from there on out you get nothing but down tuned riffs, unearthly growls and sinister blasts. Through seven songs you get solid death metal with the occasional sprinkle of deathcore flair to throw in some variation. As serene as the cover art looks for the album, the music is anything but as it attacks you with sharp objects and blazing torches all the way through.
There aren’t too many frills here in Lighthouse in the Abyss, and the frills that are present are intros and the sporadic samples. This seven track release is straight to the point and they never stray from the death metal path. Once Was Never plays direct death metal-with some deathcore elements-and there isn’t too much flair and there isn’t anything out of this world about the music, it just is good heavy death metal.
Within this release what you get is heavy and hard hitting riffs with shredding guitar solos injected in, solid bone breaking drumming which includes eye exploding blast beats, thick and heavy bass lines and a vocal arrangement that ranges from deep throat shredding growls to high pitched shrieks. On occasion the high pitched vocals don’t seem to be as powerful as they should be and don’t match up too well with the forceful growls.
The musicianship is tight, blasting and crushing and the entirety of Lighthouse in the Abyss does a great job of playing completely blistering death metal. This release doesn’t have a lot of frills, and it isn’t anything ground breaking by any means, but what it does do is supply you with plenty of headbanging moments and sometimes that’s just what matters.
Check out the song The Cut from Lighthouse in the Abyss right here!