Tillian — Lotus Graveyard
(Bandcamp no#, 2019, CD / DL)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2019-09-18
There is something about this Israeli prog metal band that I find very appealing. It could be the balance of male — Opher Vishnia (guitar and vocals), Yaron Gilad (guitar), Alon Shulman (bass and vocals), and Gil Idan (drums) — and female — Leah Marcu (lead vocals), Alexandra Marcu (cello and vocals), and Inbal Rosenhouse (keyboards and vocals) — members. Or it could be Leah’s beautiful voice. Or possibly the incorporation of the cello into the mix. Whatever it is, Tiillian’s album Lotus Graveyard is a fantastic blend of composed and tightly orchestrated instrumentation and solid melodic vocals that range from metal prog to mournful ballads to symphonic prog to acid folk, with Spanish guitar, flamenco, Arabic, gypsy, and gothic elements. Written and composed entirely by Leah Marcu, Lotus Graveyard is her musical exploration of a cycle of inner transformations: love to pain, pain to beauty, beauty to spirit, and spirit to love. The songwriting is outstanding, with Leah drawing you into her world. There is somewhat of a 70s prog retro feel to the music that I find particularly engaging. And I find it difficult to single out high points, the entire album is great. What I do find tasteful is the closing track “Earth Walker” with its beautiful piano accompaniment to Leah’s evocative and mournful lyrics and vocals. Lotus Graveyard is an album well worth investigating.
Related artist(s): Tillian
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