'Lost In The Sound Of Separation'(LITSOS) has been described in a somewhat derogatory fahion elsewhere as 'Define The Great Line'(DTGL) part two. Well, I choose to see that as a positive thing; DFTGL was perfect and to be following on from there is not a bad situation to find oneself in, even if you can't quite match it.
The sound is just as heavy as on DTGL but I personally find it far darker and more harrowing. The content of the lyrics seems much more personal than before evinced by the raspiness of Spencer Chamberlain when delivering his clean(er) vocals. In his growls and bellows (the higher end screams from previous releases are noticeably absent here)there is a greater sense of urgency, desperation and exasperation than previously. Aaron Gillespie is, as ever, well utilised to complement his vocalist with some of the clean, but no less impassioned vocals.
There are plenty of industrial and ambient noises in the mix here to accompany the instrumentation which is as tight and disciplined as ever. Even seemingly sloppy or 'ringing' notes are timed to perfection whilst the jarring, almost percussive, guitars endlessly propel songs onwards. The bass is more prominent in the mix than before which lends an extra edge of heaviness to the album alongside the typically clattering and forthright drums. Combining all these things quite often leads to some fairly bleak and apocalyptic sounds.
Despite refusing to adhere to the obvious structure of intro verse chorus verse chorus bridge chorus chorus utilised by much of popular music the songs here never once seem messy or unstructured. They are always moving forwards and the complex time signatures don't feel indulgent (as technical music frequently can).
Powerfully emotive and wonderfully carthartic, this album is an exemplorary offering from one of the leading lights of the modern hardcore scene.