Review from Aristocrazia Webzine

Posted by Nick Skog on Thursday, July 18, 2013 Under: Album Reviews
From: Aristocrazia Webzine
Published: July 8, 2013
*Google translation of Italian review

The formation gothic / doom of Lycanthia navigate within the underground scene since more than three decades: despite having lived a then that would assure a discrete manufacturing, has found itself for many reasons, primarily the continuous changes of a pinwheel training that currently sees the only bassist / vocalist Lee Tassaker as remaining original member, to provide the listener with their own artistic endeavors divided into two sections separated by a long distance. Parentheses after the nineties that saw the Australians produce the self-titled demo in 1997 and the first album "Myriad" in 1999, we had to wait seven years for the release of the ep "Within The Walls" (2006) and seven others to ensure that the second disc entitled "Oligarchy", originally released through self-production in 2012 and re-released by the Canadian odiernamente Hypnotic Dirge Records, had no life. 

Which will be taught by people like My Dying Bride have been absorbed by the sextet in question you'll appreciate listening to the piece already placed in the opening. In "The Essential Components Of Misery", both for what concerns the atmospheric plant sweet melancholy is for issues related to the alternation of voice growl (by Lee) and those "angelic" (Vanessa and Megan) that for the very pleasant on the use made ​​in the finishing phase of the violin, the reference to the creature of Stanthorpe is remarkable. As well as, going track to track with chapters such as "forgone", "Despondency In Crescendo" and the final "From Ancestral Lands" may be found to appearances and sound explicable similarities to The Gathering, the first Theatre Of Tragedy and Draconian. "Oligarchy" is ultimately a reliable test, where we see an attitude that perhaps goes too safe: own this gift becomes the double-edged sword, on the one hand will make work a pleasant company for lovers of this style, on the other hand could hold back those who want something more. Why yes, it is true, everything fits on a formal level and the production curated by Jens Bogren in Fascination Street Studios is almost perfect, but it lacks that "something" that leaves a mark distinguishable and long-lasting. 

Summing up, the restart of Lycanthia is considerable as positive; Tassaker and partners have a clear vision of what they are and they want to, even if they have to work on what they can do with the basic qualities in their possession there is the possibility that in the near future will release even more evidence interesting and mature. We will be here waiting for them and in the meantime we will accompany "Oligarchy".

Reviewed by: L

In : Album Reviews 

Tags: lycanthia oligarchy gothic death-doom australian death metal female fronted violin draconian tristania 


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