Lychgate – The Contagion in Nine Steps

Metal, usually black metal, that’s made under the avant-garde auspices tends to have this grandiose flair to it which seems to come from opera and from the theater, in vocals and instruments both. In that sense, Lychgate are perhaps not the best example of the genre. While enough touches of the avant-garde style exist on The Contagion in Nine Steps to merit the moniker (like the synths on “Republic”, which open the album or the vocals on the selfsame track), those touches are enveloped in so much sounds from atmospheric black metal and doom that they often lose definition. But this might not be a bad thing; it makes The Contagion in Nine Steps a more approachable album than, let’s say, Dødheimsgard’s A Umbra Omega and less overbearing than album like Aenaon’s Hypnosophy.

Hey! Listen to I, Of Helix!

California metalcore outfit I, Of Helix should be a lot bigger than they are. Perhaps its distance between records that has fueled their relative obscurity, but regardless of reason it’s a damn shame. The band present all of the individual elements that make metalcore worth listening to. Their debut, Isolation,…