Lycus are a band from California that has been featured before in this zine that plays a blackened form of funeral doom metal with elements of death, drone and noise and this is a review of their 2013 album "Tempest" which was released by 20 Buck Spin.
Drums range from slow to mid paced playing with only a small amount of fast drumming and blast beats being present on this recording which are only utilized in the black metal parts, while the sound effects bring a very dark and atmospheric sound to the album while also mixing in elements of noise and drone, as for the bass playing it has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that are coming out of the guitars.
Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced tp fast heavy riffs that combine funeral doom, black metal and early 90's death/doom together to create a sound of their own along with some dark sounding melodies being thrown into the riffing as well as a brief use of soft and clean playing and there are no guitar solos or leads present on this recording.
Vocals range from deep funeral doom/death metal growls to clean singing as well as a brief use of high pitched black metal screams, while the lyrics cover grief, loss, and depressive themes, as for the production it has a very strong, powerful, heavy, dark and professional sound with the songs being long and epic in length.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Lycus and if you are a fan of blackened funeral doom metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Tempest". RECOMMENDED BUY.
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