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This album should help Lesoir gain new fans as well as keeping current enthusiasts happy.

'Luctor Et Emergo' (meaning 'Struggle To Emerge') is Dutch band Lesoir's third album and the follow-up release to the well received 'Transience' from 2013. The group is made up of singer/pianist/acoustic guitar player Maartje Meessen, electric guitarist Ingo Daasen, bassist Ingo Jetten, drummer Bob van Heumen and backing vocalist/multi-instrumentalist (she plays guitar, keyboards and percussion) Eleen Bartholomeus.

Lesoir have had high profile support shows with bands such as Karnivool, Delain, The Gathering, Within Temptation and The Pineapple Thief amongst others, and this summer will be guesting for Evergrey.

Last summer they had twelve demos and decided to come to the U.K. to record their latest opus at the famous Airfield Studios in St. Merryn where they once again worked alongside producer John Cornfield (he has produced Muse, Oasis, Stone Roses, Supergrass, Katatonia & New Model Army); his input has given the band an expansive and very clear sound.
The album contains some dark material, Meesen's lyrics dealing with the meaning of life and the complexities surrounding it. So what of the music? At times the band comes across sounding like Tool and at other times they are reminiscent of Mostly Autumn.

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Opener 'Battle' is a dark, heavy track, whereas first single 'Going Home' begins lightly before powerful guitars and drumming transform the song into a vastly Rockier albeit very catchy number. '(A Lady Named) Bright' starts off with a Doom-laden feel and then some ferociously heavy guitars nearly knock the listener out of their chair!

There seems to be a recurring theme musically with songs beginning with a lighter shade and then becoming much heavier as they progress. The title track is Folky in places but with a little Pink Floyd and a dark undercurrent, 'Deliberate' and 'Flawless Chemistry' have really crunchy but catchy sounding riffs and 'Room For One More' ends the album on a lighter note with Meessen singing over an acoustic guitar – a nice contrast to what has primarily gone before.

This album should help Lesoir gain new fans as well as keeping current enthusiasts happy.

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