Monday 22 June 2020

Old Soul/Lentic Waters - Split 12"

Labels: Dingleberry Records/IFB Records/Maniyax Records/Zegema Beach Records

Formats: Vinyl/Digital

Release Date: 26 Aug 2014


1. Old Soul - Wick

2. Old Soul - Tome

3. Old Soul - Perfectly Fucked (Love Lost But Not Forgotten Cover)

4. Lentic Waters - Compliments

5. Lentic Waters - 160 Ibs Of Fury

6. Lentic Waters - Asking For It?

I've finally managed to drag myself away from watching a band hang themselves on Twitter. I'm talking about TRAPT of course. A band that has no relevance to this post or...well, any relevance at all in 2020. Anyway, on with the next in my ZBR roster review series, which is a review of the 2014 split LP between Old Soul and German band Lentic Waters. This was the third Old Soul release in a row that ZBR helped to release and the second split. I'm not sure how many copies of this were pressed. 

First up are three tracks from Old Soul, in their black metal/screamo style and opener ‘Wick’ is certainly cinematic. Atmospheric post-metal riffs blend with screamed vocals, where the mix of melody and harshness is seamless. Again, Old Soul’s expansive song-writing creates a belter. 

‘Tome’ is initially a more mournful song, with a much darker and emotional feel, but it follows on from ‘Wick’ very well. Their off-kilter song-writing takes centre stage and the chaotic screamo that’s often more restrained is allowed to let itself loose. After a tough day at work this song really tuned into my emotions and the release was incredible. Even the sludge-like latter half seems to cleanse with little effort.

Old Soul’s final song on this split Is their cover of ‘Perfectly Fucked’ (originally by Love Lost But Not Forgotten, which appeared on their 2002 album Upon The Right, I Saw A New Misery). It’s a much higher tempo compared to their originals on here. Their take on it includes way more emo-violence and hardcore too. It’s exhilarating to say the least.

Moving over to the second half of the split and the hardcore/punk of Lentic Waters. This split was released before their sound went in a more emo/indie direction, but you can hear elements of that here. ‘Compliments’ is a slow blend of hardcore and post-rock in this instance. Less blackened than the sound of Old Soul, but equally as enthralling for sure.

‘160 lbs Of Fury’ is huge in the riff department. Lentic Waters know how to blast and the venom in the vocals is more than palpable, even on this short song. A perfect lead into their closing song ‘Asking For It?’, which is also the most melodic. It makes heavy use of instrumentation as opposed to focusing on the vocals, which sit deeper within it when the band’s a full pelt. 

This whole LP is a lot darker than what ZBR released up to this point, including the other Old Soul releases. Both them and Lentic Waters are perfect split mates on this and there’s plenty to get immersed in, if you can find a copy in the wild!.

You can stream both sides of this split via the respective Bandcamp pages of both Old Soul and Lentic Waters below:-

Old Soul -

Lentic. Waters -

Physical copies can still be purchased from the label links below:-

Maniyax Records -

Zegema Beach Records (CAN/INTL) -

Dingleberry Record -

IFB Records -

Maniyax Records -

Zegema Beach Records -

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