Just last week in regards to the announcement that Relapse Records’ had signed Graves at Sea, I said that the celebrated underground metal label’s “release plans for the year have been swelling seemingly by the week” and that their roster is growing to further establish the label’s dominance of the doom metal genre. Well, here we are another week into 2015 and we have another doom metal band joining the Relapse ranks!

This time around, Relapse have snatched up Oakland based Lycus, whose 2013 release Tempest was a critically successful endeavor, and judging by the multitude of people who supported the record on Bandcamp, it was as successful financially as it could have been given the band’s relatively under-the-radar status.

Fortunately, being a new Relapse signing is a mighty opportunity to fly above the radar, which the band plans to shoot for with their upcoming sophomore record:

“We are extremely excited to announce that our second full-length LP will be released on Relapse Records later this year. These guys have shown us interest since our Demo surfaced, and finally, three years later we have the chance to work together. We will be entering the studio in April with hopes to release the album by this coming fall. The new material is darker, stranger, and bleaker than Tempest, and the artwork will feature another masterful painting courtesy of Italian madman, Paolo Girardi. Lycus has been confirmed for California Deathfest 2015 along with a summer tour, which will be announced shortly.”

In case you’ve been missing out, stream Tempest below.

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More info as it comes in.

– JR


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