Post Luctum, a new addition to the US death doom scene, is the solo project of Maryland musician Ian Goetchius, who began his career with a self-titled ep in 2019, followed by a couple of singles before going long distance with Acceptance. The work proves to be one of the best debuts in the subgenre in recent years: the five tracks that border on forty minutes in total are a fine example of melodic death doom composed and performed to perfection. The sound recalls in its most airy moments Evadne (and, consequently, the first Swallow the Sun), to which are added inevitable and legitimate references to the best North American band of the sector, such as Daylight Dies. If all this can lead one to think of a lack of originality, a counterbalance is provided by the melodic sensitivity of Ian, who is able to give intensity to all the tracks, among which I personally prefer those placed at the beginning and at the end of the tracklist, respectively The Passing and Acceptance, since their slower pace, bordering on funeral, makes the sound more peculiar without diminishing the emotional afflatus. Very good then, even if for the achievement of a consistent recognition of the stylistic trait of Post Luctum is necessary to wait for further confirmation.
2021 – Independent