Lankester Merrin, just founded in 2019, are quickly preparing to become a serious heavyweight in the genre of female fronted melodic/power metal. The debut "Upon The Forgotten", released in 2021, was a first sign of life of a band that seems they had still to find its place, but less than two years later, the successor "Dark Mother Rises" is a result of a sheer explosive development.
Dark Mother Rises offers 9 powerful, mature melodic metal hymns, which are performed with a self-conception that even long-established scene greats are sometimes unable to crown their musical work with. The album impresses not only with its razor-sharp riffing, great solos, driving drumming and the incisive voice of Cat Rogers, but also with its unbelievably sophisticated arrangements, which turn almost every song into a catchy one!
Recorded in spring 2022 at the Institut für Wohlklangforschung in Hannover (a.o. Drone, Grailknights) under the direction of Hannes Huke and Willi Dammeier, "Dark Mother Rises" is a first-class album for all fans of melodic metal who, despite the attribute "female fronted", do not expect symphonic metal, but simply powerful modern metal of the highest order.