You can try and define LETHE and their music, but the probability that you will fall wide of the mark is pretty much guaranteed, because this duo don’t care about genre expectations or boundaries. What they do care about, deeply, is that there should be no rules, no expectations and no compromises.
Formed at the end of 2012 by Tor-Helge Skei (MANES, MANII etc.) and Anna Murphy (CELLAR DARLING, ex-ELUVEITIE), LETHE is a “home” for Anna and Tor-Helge’s musical and artistic experiments, which have developed into something personal and unique, and quite “different”.
Both lyrically and conceptually LETHE is, according to the band:
Like a journey through the ‘back alleys of the human mind/psyche’, through dreams and nightmares, paranoia, mental breakdown, inner darkness.. No religion, fantasy, or pretend play.. Real life, real experiences, real horror.
In an attempt to categorise LETHE’s heady brew of metal / triphop / electronic / pop / experimental sounds, terms such as “genre-bending”, “style-bastardization”, “eclectic”, and even “just plain weird” have been bandied around. But none of these can encompass what the duo, along with a long list of external contributors, have produced on their first two full-length albums: 2014’s “When Dreams Become Nightmares” and 2017’s “The First Corpse on the Moon”.
What LETHE’s third full-length album will produce will become clear later this year when it is set to be released on Dark Essence Records. Delayed due to the pandemic, the band are currently mixing, mastering and putting the finishing touches on the album, and all anyone will say about it is that fans should “Expect the unexpected”
More information about LETHE can be found on the band’s Facebook page at facebook.com/LetheProject or on their website at torhelgeskei.com/lethe
A video for the LETHE’s 2020 single “Gamma” can be seen here: