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Posted by Nick Skog on Monday, May 13, 2013 Under: Album Reviews
From: Metalinfo Reviews
May 13, 2013
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*Google translation of German review

Founded in 1996, it was after the '99er debut album became quiet around the Gothic Doomer LYCANTHIA from Sydney: Until 2006, fans had to wait, and then got with "Within The Walls" only an EP offered. Now what about "Oligarchy" the second album by the Australians in the stores. What Australia's oldest active Doom band, how calls himself, delivers here is still a very solid mix of doomy elements such as sluggish riffs and male growls and Gothic Metal shares, which are expressed mainly in female clean vocals, but also violin arrangements, keyboards and playful clean guitars. Their strengths, the CD definitely there in the gentle passages: First, whether the truly remarkable quality of female vocals, on the other hand, however, because the hard passages in direct comparison seem almost a little too flat - compositionally as technically sound. So elegant namely Megan's angelic soprano voice floats over everything sounds so forced bandleader Lee Tassaker places, so lively fiddling the violin, so sterile sounding distorted guitars. Once you come to terms with this shortcoming, however, can be seen on "Oligarchy" thoroughly enjoy: wandering in the footsteps of bands like My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost, Theatre Of Tragedy or Within Temptation is LYCANTHIA present may not necessarily be unique - at least However, consistent in concept and realization: "Oligarchy" is a clearly recognizable, laced rope to follow LYCANTHIA just under an hour long. So does the album from the first to the last note of a piece - but with one that all too often associated problem: a self-adjusting over time, lulling monotony. To speak of unpleasant lengths, would be exaggerated here -. Of wealth of variety can here, at least the big picture seen not necessarily of the question What LYCANTHIA deliver here is far from "bad" away - the attribute "unique," but the Australians are also far away. So LYCANTHIA not offer much of what fans of the bands mentioned do not already know - but since one can assume that they know just to appreciate fans these stylistic devices, can "Oligarchy" this clearly defined target group are recommended at the end of the day, but in good conscience. 

Rating: 7.5/10
Reviewed by: Moritz Gr├╝tz

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Tags: lycanthia oligarchy within the walls gothic doom metal death-doom sludge violin female vocals 


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