LARA KORONA - Land Unter

Lara Korona - Land Unter

5 songs
33:13 minutes
***** **
Moment Of Collapse


The appealing black-and-white cover artwork might let you expect some frosty black metal, but Lara Korona from a small town in the Free State of Saxony in Germany rather profess a stylistic bridge between post screamo and post hardcore, with occasional touches of post rock… Should we dare say post everything?

After a demo in 2008 and a split 12-inch with Johnny Futuro in 2010, they have finally released their first LP, titled Land Unter, on 180g heavy black vinyl. Side A comes with three tracks that are all more or less five minutes long. The opener Mykorrhiza shows from the start what the quartet’s music is all about: lots of guitars, harsh scream(o)ed vocals, but always room for some quieter parts that betray a certain fondness for the soaring guitar melodies that have been made popular by Sigur Ros a couple of years earlier. The following Deux is an instrumental track, before Fest ends the first halftime in an appropriate way, full of playful guitars and a rumbling bass guitar that prove that this band is mature enough to come up with own ideas instead of just copying what others did before them.

Side B starts with the eight minute long title track, and even while the longer running time leaves the band more room for occasional noodling, I am more than willing to overlook these rare instances and rather like to point out that it must be obvious not only to me that these more generous tracks allow the band a bigger sense of freedom, and they clearly enjoy it. The concluding Rast und Einbruch is even longer – just below ten minutes – and it is here where the post rock influence becomes clear. This epic track starts with a slow part that may not always sound as dextrous as the musicians must have intended it to be, but what the heck?, I have always had a knack for bands that are willing to break out of the constraining limits of a general pop or rock song.

Lara Korona may not have reinvented the post hardcore genre, but they display an admiring freedom of spirit, and I am convinced that these guys will treat their audiences with many more treats in the future.

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