Second album of Life's Decay, 12 tracks, 64 minutes of music. High quality prints & artworks (comes with two booklets). This album is more accessible then the first album, with french & english female vocals and a "retro" and "militaristic" feeling, influenced by : Industrial, neo-classical, martial neo-folk, darkwave & dark ambient / experimental. Review : Promising new neo-folk / industrial act Life's Decay incorporate male / female vocals into their esoteric dark electro textures. Sometimes martial in sound and at other times quite melodic and enchanting, the result is divine music for the esoterically industrial. Presented with Deluxe, beautifuly designed graphix. Extremly recommended ! Get more information about the album at www.lifesdecay.com
Review from "Via-Nocturna" webzine :
Rating : 9/10
Inaccessible and mysterious, Life's Decay released their second full length effort entitled Anleva in 2005 by Abstraktsens Productions. Successor of Art Decay Extremism contains over 60 minutes of dark experimental music, altered relatively to Life's Decay former achievements
Surprised by the violent ticking of the clockwork with even more attention I absorb every single note from the opening Incorrect!. An enigmatic piece, though all of it's elements seem to be clear and legible. In addition, a female voice, perfectly heightening the impression of being submersed in a world of mechanical feelings
Next composition, Droiture is a knock out of the previous state of mind. Head of Life's Decay, Lyktwasst., gives us here a little predictable and standard industrial army canned food
But suddenly we go back, to the piano passages and female vocals. Everything perfectly arranged. Industrial feeling is generated by piano, making this piece even more exciting to hear. From now on I already know that we are dealing with an exceptional material. Vanguard and experimental sounds known from Art Decay Extremism have been developed into uncommon sounds, that are the carriers of sublime essence. Simplicity comes along with beauty, just hear the pieces like Retropolis or Artificial. Unusually interesting are also: technological Sensitive or being suspended between two musical dimensions Neoclassical
Ending our trip on the soundpaths of Anleva leaves an unnamed impression. Participating for over an hour in something remarkable, drawing attention and devouring soul, for a simple art, but yet so complex in meaning, we fall into the deep of ourselves. Determinants of this collapsion are not only doom metal patents combined with ambient, or electro, but spiritualization of our inhumanity
Nearly an excellent record Anleva is what Life's Decay couldn't achieve with Art. Decay Extremism. Needles to say more, indulge with this music yourselves.
Review from "Lunar Hypnosis" webzine :
Rating : 10/10
For the more gothic, industrial, and experimental fans this is your chance for a really good album. Life's Decay come from France and started early 2003 by Lyktwasst. Lyktwasst has also created ABSTRAKTSENS PRODUKTIONS which releases and distributes there own albums. Another thing this band does is some very good photography, drawings and artwork which can be checked out at there homepage.
For the music of this, it’s more of a dark experimental / industrial with some hints of metal throughout the album. One thing that makes the album stand out from a lot of bands in the genre is that every time I listen to this I just want to plot revenge. I like the feelings that come from this album. At time it’s perfect for plotting revenge and at times can be very eerily soothing but now like in the Enya sort of way its more of a darker style.
This is one of those albums that actually puts more to the music than just what is needed to make it music but puts feeling into it. For a good example the song "Populart" Which has piano and industrial beats as the main focus in more of a dark and eerie kind of feel along with what sounds like a violin and soft soothing female vocals.
A lot of there music would be perfect for movies. It seems like every time I listen to it there is a story line that just rushes throughout my mind and I love it. For the recording itself, its done pretty good and sounds very professional. Everything in this album is purely amazing, and keep up the good work.