Lycus – Tempest
[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.