Album Review: Lycus – “Chasms”

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Following the release of their excellent 2013 debut Tempest, CA-based doom outfit Lycus quickly emerged as a serious contender in the saturated field of low-and-slow bands from the West Coast. They return this year with their sophomore effort Chasms, which demonstrates a natural progression from their debut without rehashing any previous ideas and engulfs listeners in a tidal wave of doom with occasional throttles of swirling blackened chaos. With the band raising the bar on every aspect of their sound —dynamic songwriting, rock-solid performances, and a production fitting the massive scope of their sound—Chasms has a perfect quotient of orthodoxy to inventiveness.  Continue reading