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Lycus: Chasms

Album Review

Oakland funeral doom clan teeter over a new precipice

Twenty-one years after Thergothon’s Stream From The Heavens, funeral doom’s DNA had been clearly identified: mostly of Finnish descent, its overlong epic dirges are like desperate messages-in-a-bottle in an ocean of sadness, swamped in layers of mournful synths and minimalistic drums.

Lycus, featuring former Deafheaven drummer Trevor Deschryver, beg to differ. Slow as fuck and even more majestic when they resonate through occasional Gregorian chants, they’re ethereal yet grounded, their crunchy sound recalling the grandeur of the sadly defunct Portland doom overlords Ocean (not The Ocean) and Mindrot.


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