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Lycus - TempestLycus – Tempest

[07/09/13]
[20 Buck Spin]

Lycus are a fantastic doom metal band in the vein of Towards Darkness and Esoteric. Their newest offering, Tempest, is three songs and nearly 45 minutes of awesome doom. The album’s three songs, ranging from nine to 20 minutes in length, really carry their weight, and despite only having three songs, it can be broken down into parts and viewed as a collection of a few songs. The tones are thick and cutting, the vocals are pitch perfect, and everything about this record screams awesome. It’s a great example of how well the neo-doom form of music is doing. The only qualm with this record is how brief it is. yeah, three songs at 45 minutes may not sound brief, but in the grand scheme, one or even two more songs would have made it that much better. However, it’s still great. If you want emotive, powerful, slow and heavy music, then look no further. It may not end up on a year-end list, but make no mistake that this record is highly recommended to any and all metal fans wanting something fresh, and something freaking awesome.

4/5

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the secret

The Secret‘s last effort, Agnus Dei, was killer. It’s metallic hardcore done right, and it’s one of the best records to come out in the past few years. The band have prepared a new music video for us all for the track ‘May God Damn Us All’, which rules.

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Why do I love the internet? Because of the amount of hidden gems that can be discovered if you take the time to actually look for them. And the gems I speak of are in the form of bands, and everyday I come across at least one or two that tickle my fancy.

Today’s gem goes by the name of Depravation, hailing from Germany and playing a raw mixture of dark metallic Hardcore and Black Metal, and their first release, I:PRAEDICTVM, is three chaotic-filled tracks comprised of raw screams and harsh riffs draped in a blanket of bleakness. Their music/tone is reminiscent of bands like Integrity and Tempest.

Having released their demo back in June on cassette tape, which is available in two versions (black and white), each sporting a different cover and limited to 25 copies each, it’s the extra bit of detail by hand numbering them with human blood that gives these guys a bit of an edge. But for those who are unable to obtain the tapes, you can download their demo free via their Bandcamp as well as through Mediafire.

I:PRAEDICTVM is worth a listen for those who are into this style of music, as it might push some people away with its harshness. Both ‘Wrath’ and ‘Ruins Of Mankind’ show what the band is capable of, each showcasing blistering amounts of metallic hardcore/curst-punk attributes. The title track ‘PRAEDICTVM’, which runs shy of ten minutes does show influences of drone, with an overall darkened tone as the majority of the track consists of ambient noise. This track shows the bands ability to partake in different genres of metal/hardcore, without being labeled a one-trick pony. Hell, ‘PRAEDICTVM’ alone is a demo in itself, so think of it as getting two demos for the price of… oh thats right, it’s free!

I:PRAEDICTVM is enough to wet ones appetite at the thought of a future full-length from these guys, and I know I’m very much looking forward to seeing what they do next. So do your ears a favor and check this band out post-haste. Rage!

-DA

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