Lavinia: There Is Light Between Us
Moody, dearth, delirium rock metal that moves like molten lava is the intensity that captures both mood and ear on There Is Light Between Us. Dark twists of bass and heavy drums propel this album forward. Tempo shifts and crashing drums outfit each song of this twenty-seven-minute album, but nothing is lost on time. In actuality the weight and rock undulation is wickedly amazing. With instrumentation that easily defeats the sonic boom of a full orchestra, for Boston’s Lavinia, its heaviness is its virtue.
Vocalist and guitarist Nate Shumaker’s downtrodden vocals pay homage to the overall emptiness of sentiment felt on the album. Josh Megyesy’s spiraling guitar riffs work perfectly with the dank, muted tones of low-end bass by Philip Jaimeson and the heavy drumming of Alex Mihm. “Bone & Arrow” features a banjo softly moving against a backdrop of sauntering bleary rock and a slightly brighter electric guitar wail. The music then begins to cascade underneath its underpinning and transforms into a whole other poetic devastation, pushing a heavier, stronger groove while the banjo continues in the background. The push and pull of Lavinia’s style is in the veracity to build and bend and deconstruct, only to build again.