10 / 10
"… an album full of energy, freshness and versatility … their musical proposal is interesting to present melodic, progressive and alternative Rock influences … catches you from start to finish not only for vocal performance, also for the drastic changes of sound that capture the listener's attention and for its catchy choirs that will make you sing and dance without stopping."
9 / 10
"… an independent, straight Metal mixture, whose big hit potential cannot be denied ... actually no song stands out particularly, each one is a little catchy tune on its own ... unmistakable atmosphere ... much authenticity ... expressive ... recommendable."
9 / 10
"… a very clever set of songs with this album … very well produced and there are hooks a plenty … ‘Walls Around My Soul’ is one of the best tracks we have heard in a long time. ‘Everything I Am’ is a total stand out along with title track ‘Dead Mans Diary’ and ‘Ghosts Without A Voice’ … outstanding quality throughout and very well done."
(Independent Music Showcase)
85 / 100
"… strong guitars … these Germans will have no problem finding a place in a more popular environment."
85 / 100
"… quite catchy and very melodic … especially the beautiful voice of vocalist/keyboard player Felix that brings everything to higher spheres … what a beautiful, full, warm voice this guy has … 11 successful compositions … keyboards are always at the service of the songs and don't dominate or disturb anywhere … anyone who loves beautiful vocals, warm harmonies and catchy choruses should definitely listen to this! Successful debut … a band to keep an eye on … we are fans!"
8,5 / 10
"… BLACK LILIUM's 'Dead Man's Diary' is an absolutely catchy debut, which, thanks to well thought-out lyrics and impeccable technique, sets itself apart from many other debuts, especially in the genre of Alternative Metal ... is evidence of many years of love for music and the common effort to pack it into a high-quality album."
8 / 10
"... super catchy songs with both catchy tunes and hits ... with fantastic keyboards ... high quality and yet youthfully fresh ... one of the albums that are simply fun!"
8 / 10
"… strong start! ... landed on our hit list without hesitation ... it never gets boring here ... a wonderful debut album ... crystal clear recommendation to buy ... well done guys!"
8 / 10
"… vocalist Flix Highfield, also responsible for the keyboards, has a timbre well married to the style, besides good technique … I also highlight "The Ones You Made Us", which reminded me a lot of Haken's sound, and the title track, complex and with a great chorus … if you like the style, it's worth to know more about this good band …"
(Metal Na Lata)
"… wonderful and catchy melodies … there is much more to it than your standard Melodic Metal … with each song, the album gets more progressive and thanks to the versatile and from-the-heart vocals by Felix, you will be able to feel the songs … fall in love with this album in an instant!"
"Besides fantastic vocals, BLACK LILIUM rely on fat riffs, which on 'Dead Man's Diary' call up the whole potential of the band ... strong songwriting ... to stand out a real favourite among the eleven tracks is not possible, because each of the very complex songs has its moments, which can inspire ... crystal clear production!"
"Sometimes you find one of these albums that makes you wonder how they are not playing in the stadiums … you need to hear this band … the production is superb, the writing is exceptional and you’ll be listening over and over to this release, it’s near perfection."
(Rock Reloaded Radio)
||Eutin • Germany
||Progressive Melodic Metal
||Dead Man's Diary
||January 31, 2020
The fact that you are dealing with protagonists who have many years of experience and are therefore capable of multiple activities is already evident during the first minutes of listening. Guitarist Marcel and drummer Jan have known each other since their school days. The first band together started back in 1987.
Anyone who genuinely loves and deeply appreciates hard music will never let it go anyway - so in 2013 the two started again to work resolutely and visionarily on new songs.
In 2014, BLACK LILIUM was finally founded, and the participants worked on the compositions, both diligently and with a focus on quality.
[ Pic: Andy Grünitz ]
It should be completely melodic and timelessly beautiful, with ear-friendly refrains and really grippy structures - together with a singer who is just perfect for the exquisite PROGRESSIVE MELODIC METAL style of the formation.
With the signing of golden throat Felix, a direct hit was achieved, this top talent covers the entire emotional range of the songs with his changeable and harmonious voice. Broad and iridescent floating keyboard scores of captivating beauty round off what is on offer with brilliant guitar work. The high musicality is simply impressive.
BLACK LILIUM present veritable catchy tunes with deeply inspired hymns such as the big hit "My Purpose" or the equally empathetically accentuated power pack "Everything I Am".
It is a matter of enjoying excellent gems that you shouldn't hear every day despite the continued flood of bands - as if Muse with Mando Diao had made an unwavering decision with all their talents and skills to win the all-melodic Metal mastery in the field of aesthetics!
[ Cover art: Chris Valentine ]
If one does the effort and studies the realistic lyrics of the tracks line by line while listening, you can increase the goosebumps factor even more.
And that they can not only interlock crisp, modern nuances in terms of functionality, but also celebrate them in a sublime manner, prove BLACK LILIUM with the stirring and even fully danceable "Ghosts Without A Voice"!
In 2019, the Schleswig-Holstein hopefuls released their all around thrilling debut album "Dead Man's Diary" first in digital form, the official physical release was on January 31, 2020. (Markus Eck)
[ Pic: Andy Grünitz ]