It’s a record that grows in stature and grandeur with each listen; from your initial spins it develops from this subtle post-hardcore album, almost D.I.Y in feel, to a mature, masterful emo album. From the brooding chimes of Grey Veins to the visceral beatings of the title-track, everything they have accomplished on this album is nothing short of extraordinary.
Penultimate track Permanent Rebellion is a true standout moment, walking a line between pain and suffering to unabashed optimism, with Anthony’s vocals erupting with guttural fury, while the rest of the band assault their instruments with vigorous ire. It’s the crowning moment, allowing every single member to shine so lustrously.
Even though its established heads with glistening careers coming together to produce this record, it’s far from a small plaything. It feels refreshing, and like a bunch of really good mates have got together to share their experiences with the world. L.S. Dunes could well change the tide on all things post-hardcore.
For fans of: Thursday, Circa Survive, My Chemical Romance
Past Lives is out now via Fantasy
Kerrang! – Kerrang – Album review: L.S. Dunes – Past Lives
Author: James Hingle
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November 16, 2022