Lantern take the Finnish black and death metal and move it back in time towards eighties speed metal to better appeal to a funderground hipster audience who never bothered to listen to Beherit or Demigod. The production of II: Morphosis is clean but slightly cavernous and vocals that sound like Per Boder of God Macabre help deceive inattentive millennials that Lantern are quality death metal and not Finnish Pantera.
Lantern’s riffs are mainly rooted in speed metal and the crossover thrash that pretends to be the false genre of “war metal” rather than in Bolt Thrower like most good Finnish death metal. Drumming is hardcore rooted like Celtic Frost and thrash metal. Song structures are mostly random speed metal riff salads that sound like a a mediocre speed metal band heard Morbid Angel and decided to try to toughen up less experience “The Pain Divine” in the nineties. Lantern’s pace is lukewarm; the band do not seem eager to make any point other than “We want to play death metal like our countrymen!”. Yet they can’t.
Leads sometimes echo the esoteric melodies of earlier Finnish death and black metal that borrowed liberally from Brazilian death/black/speed metal and French heavy metal. The other half of the time resemble what happened when guitar wankers realized glam rock was out and speed metal bands like Metallica, Slayer, and Sodom were becoming massively popular in the late 80s and wanted a piece of the pie to hilariously awful effect in bands such as Testament. II: Morphosis is as such a container of cake frosting halfway willed with arsenic with no cake to spread it on.
Lantern certainly have potential in many of their songs with sometimes effective riffing and leads but never continue the narrative, of the main riff, preferring to meander about like a speed metal band who doesn’t speed. Their song structures sound like another dumbed down and slowed down speed metal band with glam rock musicians known as Pantera. They squander every opportunity to progress to profundity. The overall impression of listening to II: Morphosis is similar to watching a dying insect wiggle around on the ground neither giving up hope nor flying away to continue its brief life. Fans of Finnish black and death metal would do best to stomp it and continue listening to the classic Beherit, Demigod, and Demilich CDs and stick to Desecresy and Serpent Ascending for more novel takes on the Finnish sound.