LYCUS: Stream Their New Funeral Doom Masterpiece, ‘Chasms,’ in Full via Stereogum
On January 15, 2015, Oakland, CA quartet LYCUS will finally release Chasms, an intensely powerful and emotive masterpiece of funereal doom metal that marks the band’s first full-length recording since 2013’s highly hailed Tempest, as well as their Relapse Records debut.
Acolytes may now stream Chasms in its entirety thanks to major media portal Stereogum, who had this to say about the album:
“Lycus are a relatively new band, and they’re fucking with the old formula enough to make this music feel new, too. Still, the best elements of funeral doom — the genre’s towering, mournful bombast; its elegance; its despair — are front-and-center here. And that’s a good thing, too: When this music is done right, it’s an immersive, overwhelming experience. Lycus aren’t just doing it right; they’re doing it better than just about everyone else right now.”
Stream Chasms in full RIGHT HERE.
Cvlt Nation called Chasms a “an utterly beautiful record that takes their mournful sound to new depths” and described their premiere of “Obsidian Eyes” the song itself thusly—” Lycus takes you on a journey down into the darkness, leaving you with a feeling of being trapped within towering cavern walls, but not wanting to leave”—the website is currently streaming “Obsidian Eyes” right here.
LYCUS will also be performing alongside Coffins and Noothgrush this coming February for the Chasms record release show:
Originally formed in the fall of 2008, LYCUS began as one of the very few doom metal bands in the Sacramento area. After relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area, founding members Trevor DeSchryver and Jackson Heath reformed the band and recorded Demo MMXI at Earhammer Studios in Oakland, CA. Demo MMXI was released on cassette by Graceless Recordings, then on vinyl through The Flenser in January 2012.
More recently, LYCUS experienced tremendous growth and recognition that belie the band’s youth and early obscurity. The band issued their debut full-length, Tempest, in July 2013 (20 Buck Spin) to extensive critical acclaim, especially notable considering the band’s underground origins. In its 7.9 review of the record, Pitchfork said, “LYCUS’s early stages of grief have matured into dignified resignation and graceful acceptance.” The album ended up at #18 on Decibel’s Top 40 Albums of 2013. That reception was enough to catch the attention of Relapse Records, who signed the Oakland undertakers in January 2015.
Recorded at Atomic Garden Studios with producer Jack Shirley and featuring art from celebrated Italian mastermind Paolo Girardi (Inquistion, Bell Witch), Chasms is four immense tracks of deep, unbridled gloom for acolytes of Mournful Congregation, Inter Arma, Evoken, and YOB. Complete with massive clean / bellowing vocal arrangements, atmospheric cello accompaniments, and enormous compositions, LYCUS have created another mournfully expressive work of timeless doom.
1. Solar Chamber
4. Obsidian Eyes