Lavett is an amalgamation of members from several Swedish bands. These musicians include Daniel Heiman (Lost Horizon, Crystal Eyes, Heed) on vocals, Manne Engström (Beseech, Sundown) on guitar, Henric Carlsson (Dead By April, Nightrage, The Unguided) on bass, Andreas Olavi (Serenade for June, Dodge) on guitar, and Chris Silver (Sundown, Cemetary) on drums. Find Your Purpose is their debut album.
Mostly, Find Your Purpose could be described as modern metal influenced by traditional melodic metal, that tones down the modern harshness, yet driven by a strong guitar orientation and large vocal arrangements. That latter characteristic may be the most interesting and most problematic feature of the album.
Daniel Heiman is a very good melodic metal singer, his work with Lost Horizon and Crystal Eyes being quite strong. And he sounds great here: the song Hold On is a terrific example. However, with wanting the more modern metal sound, Lavett has chosen to add a layer of harsh, almost sneering, vocals behind him on many songs. Two of the worst offenders are We Can't Go On and It's Not Over. You simply feel that, while listening to these songs, that somebody is screaming at you in order to distract you from the song. It's rather annoying.
Otherwise, with Find Your Purpose, Lavett has an interesting, sometimes conventional, modern metal sound and some promise, despite the sneering vocal layer behind the melodic lead vocals. They might even find some success in the States if they get the right agent or label to pitch them.
With Find Your Purpose, Lavett has an interesting, sometimes conventional, modern metal sound and some promise, despite the sneering vocal layer behind the melodic lead vocals.
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