Broken

by Letum

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Danica Swanson Take Letum's signature choral elements and dark ambient soundscapes, throw in thick layers of aggressive, snarling industrial distortion, and this album is what you get. Much harsher and grittier than his other two releases. Embrace the chaos! Favorite track: Tears.
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Personal frustration has always been one of the most creative source of inspiration for artists, no matter what genre or art. The second musical offering from Mattias Henrikssons one-man project Letum shows no difference.

From the calm and soft darkambient debut CD "The Entrance to Salvation", we found the new CD to be far from salvation! The choral sounds are still there and the deep and darker sounds, mixed together with more harsh industrial ambiental elements. The whole album has a beautiful atmosphere of a down dirty depressive feeling of hopelessness and despair.

Some sounds are utterly beautiful, some plain mad, some martial powerful and some gritty industrial, all together another very enjoyable travel into the Broken wasteland, a personal hell, guided by Letum.

Reviews:

Letum - Broken
(Cold Meat Industry, 2006)
by: Quentin Kalis (9.5 out of 10)
Cold Meat Industry may have released dodgy Mortiis CDs in their salad days, but as of late those CDs that fall roughly under the ambient umbrella tend to verge towards the mouth droppingly brilliant. Atrium Carceri, Desiderii Marginis, Raison d'Être, Beyond Sensory Perception... a considerable and intimidating pantheon, which now has a new member.

Although Letum can be considered as ambient, they incorporate harsh white noise to a far greater extent than any of the others mentioned above, perhaps comparable in that respect to Mz.412's latest. As if the mere presence of white noise weren't sufficiently abrasive, it is frequently distorted further to maximise aural stress. Yet the overall effect is merely to increase the creeping sense of unease that Letum excel at. There are naturally more serene moments, where strong use of organs, chants and church bells provides a spiritual edge and a paradoxically cathartic dimension. A truly disturbing yet amazing album, surpassed only and barely by Atrium Carceri's _Kapnobatai_.

Review By: Matt Morrow
Rating: 89/100
Now you just gotta love this! While it's been quite a while since Letum's last release (five years!), this new album is definitely worth the wait. The previous album, The Entrance to Salvation, was more on the safe side. On Broken, Letum lets loose the reins a little and allows their music to reach out into other realms. While you still have the beautiful and haunting dark ambient with choral pieces, you now mix in some harsher styled industrial as well. What was a project I liked before has become one I love now. Letum takes you on a roller coaster of a journey. Lulling you. Exciting you. And raking you over the coals. Take a little Raison d'être, a little Parca Pace, and a little In Slaughter Natives, and Letum is what you'll have. While not quite in the same league as the before-mentioned bands, Letum is no let-down. This is high quality music that is very worthy of the Cold Meat label. The soundscapes here are eerie, atmospheric, demented, and downright sad and depressing at times. My wife even commented that some of it sounded demonic. While I won't quite agree with her there, this is some haunting stuff at times. Letum has returned, and Letum has succeeded in crafting a wonderful piece of art!

Av: Christian Stenbacke
Betyg: 4/5
Någonstans lurar något ondskefullt vi inte känner vid namn. Sakta kryper detta något närmare och närmare. Så nära att det till slut flåsar dig i nacken, som en iskall smekning tar sig mörkret in i din kropp för att långsamt bryta ner din själ och ditt psyke. Inuti din nu stadigt förmultnande hjärna finns intet hopp kvar, bara den djupaste av förtvivlan. Så länge du har förståndet kvar vill säga.

Personal frustration has always been one of the most creative source of inspiration for artists, not matter what genre or art

Så beskriver skivbolaget Cold Meat Industry Broken, och jag kan inte annat än hålla med. Självkart kan musik och konst skapas på annat sätt också, men det finns något alldeles säreget i det som skapas i ren dödsångest. Letum är ett enmansprojekt signerat Mattias Henriksson och jag är den första att erkänna, Broken skrämmer skiten ur mig. Jag vill verkligen inte lyssna på det här, det får mig att må psykiskt dåligt. Men ändå vrider jag upp volymen för att sedan dra upp benen mot hakan och kura upp mig längst väggen i ena hörnet av rummet. Blicken tomt stirrandes ut i ett mörkt ingenting.

Det här är inte musik, det är knappt det är noise, det här är genuin sinnessjukdom fångad på skiva. Tänk er soundtracket till skapelser som Silent Hill eller Resident Evil, utan att för den sakens skull vara just ett soundtrack. Istället är det den osynliga skräck som ständigt går vid din sida då du upplever dessa världar. Metalliska oljud varvas med korpar som kraxar och dova synthomlindade körer. Det blåser och det ylar, det viskas och kyrkklockor klämtar i bakgrunden. Någon gång bryter ett lågmält gutturalt mässande igenom den annars panikartade ljudbilden.

Broken är inte en skiva man sätter på utan anledning. För min egen del kommer jag aldrig någonsin mer att sätta på den, om det inte vore så att jag någon dag skulle stå på ruinens brant med alla jag någonsin älskat, döda, av min egen hand, framför mina fötter och min enda utväg går genom mynningen på ett avsågat hagelgevär. Men då är allt ändå redan för sent.

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released June 1, 2006

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Letum Lindesberg, Sweden

CD releases:
2001 The Entrance To Salvation
2006 Broken
2014 The Fifth State Of Grief

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Track Name: Broken
when I Breathe
I Breathe Dust...
when I'm Listening
I Hear Disease
Track Name: Betrayed
leave my body to burn
leave my fucking world today
give me something to die for
give me something to believe in

I'll give you a reason to stay
I'll give you a reason to live
and pain is what I'll feel
and pain is what I'll know

I've realized
I will never remain sane
emptiness in my hands
emptiness in my hands
Track Name: Shadow
my mind
feel the shadow inside
growing near
breathing strong
veils me, covers every thought
drowns my heart
and tear my soul
into pieces...

flittering in the wind
blown away
shadow grey, coming down
where is my soul?
where is my soul?
where is my soul?