DALETH: Lady of the Lake: CD

“Initiation” starts out as a nice thrash blast rife with basement-tape acoustics, like a jam from a HolyMountain practice tape. I totally dug it and it made me want to yell made-up lyrics over the top. The rest of the album, however, is more in line with the split Daleth did with Blueshift a while back—long, sludgy dirges that take a while to get moving. Daleth, made up entirely of one J. Merrill, is not my bag at all (apart from that first song!) but I fully admire the man’s insistence on doing things his own way. As with previous endeavors, this one comes in some creative, well-executed DIY packaging. Noise enthusiasts take note.

 –keith (For Documentation Only)