Hailing from Sweden, Lapis Lazuli is a female-fronted symphonic metal metal band with a unique and eclectic approach; falling somewhere in between the attitude of Visions of Atlantis and the appeal of Nightwish.
Following a few lineup changes, the band set out to achieve their own take on symphonic metal, as showcased on their latest album, The Downfall of Humanity. The album was released in 2015.
The band starts right from where they left off with their previous album, A Justified Loss, although the addition of a new singer obviously brings something different to the table. The new record unfolds over thirteen songs that portray the band’s remarkable cohesion and the focus on the concept behind this album and their music.
”New singer and front woman Cecilia Kamf takes on the job with charisma and passion, both on stage and within the recording studio.”
Drummer Jocke Ivarsson and bassist Henrik Nyman set out to create a solid and driven rhythm section, while axemen Tobias Rhodin and Johan Karlsson fills the tracks with balanced guitar playing, offering leads and rhythm parts in equal doses: not overplaying, but serving the dynamic range of each song. Keyboardist and male vocalist, Timo Hautamäki, is the main composer (the band started out from his input) and his fascinating melodic patterns create a very distinctive texture.They say that a vocalist is often the most recognisable element within any bands sound, almost like an ID card. Although the band changed lead vocalist several times throughout their career, new singer and front woman Cecilia Kamf takes on the job with charisma and passion, both on stage and within the recording studio. And she is definitely here to stay!
Sandra Wallo – Bass
Henrik Nyman – Bass
Frida Eurenius – Vocals
Meliesa McDonell – Vocals
Marie Fjällström – Vocals