Laika are a band from Canada that plays a very atmospheric form of melodic death metal and this is a review of their self released 2010 album "Crafting The Catacylism".
Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with a good amount of blast beats being thrown into the music, while the synths when they are utilized bring a very dark and atmospheric sound to the music, as for the bass playing it has a very strong and powerful sound with heavy riffing that dominates throughout the recording.
Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast death metal riffs that are very melodic and brutal sounding with a more primitive sound than most bands of this genre as well as some thrash and folk metal influences, while the lead guitars are very melodic sounding guitar solos and leads, as for the acoustic guitars when they are utilized they use full chords and finger picking to add a folk music sound to the music.
Vocals are mostly high pitched melodic death metal screams mixed in with some deep death metal growls, while the lyrics cover death, life and mythology, as for the production it at times has a raw and primitive sound while still retaining a professional sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.
In my opinion Laika are a very great sounding atmospheric and melodic death metal band and if you are a fan of this style of music, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Anvil" "Cremation Of Delusion" "Grinder" and "Observation". RECOMMENDED BUY.