THE LAST OF LUCY – ASHVATTHA (Self Released)
I love my editor. To paraphrase the words of Mister Universe (if you’re a Firefly fan), she always brings me the very best violence.
The Last Of Lucy are from Huntington Beach, California. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from having interviewed and seen the awesome might that is Of Mice And Men a couple weeks ago, it’s that there’s a new kind of sound coming out of that area. Less JNCO jeans and makeup, more let’s go kill a guy with a rock.
The same can be said for The Last Of Lucy’s newest offering, Ashvattha. It’s just… I don’t even know. I could tell within 20 seconds of the first song, “Epiphyte,” that it was just going to be one of those albums that was all over the place, dynamically.
I can get behind that kind of thing within reason. A lot of bands will go out of their way to make things a full on math fest as if to say, “See? We passed quantum physics,” but with The Last Of Lucy, I didn’t get that sense, even though I thought I would after a while.
Ashvattha is, in Hindu texts, an ancient fig tree whose roots and branches somehow symbolize the growth of man. The tree is represented on the album cover, but beyond that, I would be hard pressed to find a more dominant message with regard to the name. Even after reading some of the lyrics, it would be difficult to fathom a concept of the album, so we’ll move past that for now.
The first three tracks, chapters one (“Epiphyte”), two (“Odyssey”), and three (“Ashvattha Awaits”), are just back to back in your face insanity! Along with the mathcore song structure and guttural vocals, there was one thing I didn’t expect, and I hadn’t heard it in heavy metal since the last time I heard the Chicago metal band Yakuza:
It’ll throw you, that’s for sure. If you get even the slightest bit bored with what’s going on, there’s these nice interludes of softness, some sax, and then it kicks right back in with the I’m-gonna-run-this-guy-over-for-killing-my-sister-insanity!
And it just goes on from there. Ten long tracks of pure aural insanity, which is, unfortunately, the hitch in the giddy-up. With such a progressive style to their metal, eventually I stopped trying to headbang to it, and just sat there and listened. Then, after a while, I started doing other things until I realized the album was still going, and it was only on track seven, where I’d thought the album was 15 tracks long or something. It just throws you through loop after loop until you lose all track of time.
All in all, Ashvattha is still a very good album, though in my case, not one I can sit and listen the whole way through in one sitting. If there were a little bit of a breather every once in awhile, it would be a much easier album to listen to. Still, a few songs will definitely make their way into my car, and for that, I give Ashvattha a 3.5 out of 5.
FFO: Cephalic Carnage, Ion Dissonance, Rivers Of Nihil, Psyopus
1. Chapter I: Epiphyte
2. Chapter II: Odyssey
3. Chapter III: Ashvattha Awaits
4. Hypostatize (Interlude)
5. Obsidian Archetype
6. Advertent Avidity
7. Vigilance (Interlude)
10. Permutation (Outro)
Josh De La Sol – Vocals
Gad Gidon – Lead Guitars
Christian Mansfield – Guitars
Ricky Fregosi – Bass Guitar
Brandon Millan – Drums
Written by Hobbes Caltous for Bloodrock Media on December 5, 2017