Lycanthia / Atten [Split]

by Lycanthia / Atten Ash

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Doom bands Lycanthia and Atten Ash have collaborated to deliver a new limited split 7" this winter. Featuring “The Harbinger” for Lycanthia, and “City in the Sea” for Atten Ash, this split will serve as a prelude to each band's forthcoming full-length albums as well as present a very first vinyl release for everyone involved! There will only be 300 copies printed with 140 available for sale through Hypnotic Dirge Records. This vinyl comes with a sleeve insert featuring band information as well as three stickers!

On Side A, there is Lycanthia, a six-piece gothic death-doom metal band from Sydney, Australia. Their music can be described as dark, aggressive and emotional soundscapes fused with classical and rock elements. Consisting of grim male and dual female vocals, violins, keyboards, guitars and drums, Lycanthia continue that "golden age" traditional-doom sound with influences such as My Dying Bride & Theatre of Tragedy while also adding a more aggressive, complex and sophisticated sound, incorporating the likes of Draconian, Primordial, Shape of Despair & Virgin Black while still maintaining their own unique sound. Having now been a couple of years since the release of their latest full-length "Oligarchy", Lycanthia has been preparing new material that will comprise their next album, and in the meantime have managed to record a new track entitled "The Harbinger" which was released digitally and on a video clip earlier this year but was always planned and intended for a vinyl release.

On Side B is Atten Ash. A three-piece atmospheric/melodic death-doom band from North Carolina, Atten Ash is the creation of founding member James Greene whose intention with the project was to create something heavier and more colorful with attention to nuance and emotion. Being a multi-instrumentalist, James was able to record the foundations of the songs, giving a clear picture of the powerful nature of the music. Demos slowly took form. In 2011 James began collaborating with Barre Gambling (founding guitarist of Daylight Dies) and Archie Hunt (vocalist/guitarist of Legion of the Fallen) and the trio continued the musical work: arranging songs, establishing vocal patterns, writing lyrics and guitar solos.

With their full-length album “The Hourglass” already recorded in 2012 though not yet officially released, Atten Ash will present the track “City in the Sea” on their side of the 7” split as the introduction to their band and first official release serving as a prelude to the release of “The Hourglass” to follow shortly.

*Note: The main image above is not the actual album cover. It is rather a combination of both sides of the vinyl since there are two covers to this album, on account of it being a split vinyl. Each cover image is uploaded in the gallery to the right.

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released January 22, 2015

Lee Tassaker - Bass and Vocals
Vanessa Black - Violin and Vocals
Megan Robins - Keyboards and Vocals
Stephen Mikulic - Guitars
Mathew Newton - Guitars
Lachlan Donaldson - Drums

Atten Ash:
Archie Hunt - Death vocals
James Greene - Clean vocals, guitars, bass, drums,
Barre Gambling - Guitars




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Track Name: Lycanthia - The Harbinger
I am the bringer of storms
I am the flesh searing kiss of holocaust winds
Fair weather, farewell to you
If only i could escape from this prison I'm in
I sit, I ponder, awaiting the release
When i cast vengeance upon thee
The years pass as the pressure builds
Global annihilation and I; sitting upon thy throne of death with pure glee
Til then i wait
I am the watcher in the center of the world
Seeing all, calm almost silent
As you are chaos all around me
Track Name: Atten Ash - City in the Sea
lyrics adopted from the poem 'City in the Sea' by Edgar Allen Poe

Lo Death has reared himself a throne
the shadow city lies alone
No rays from the heavens down
On the long night of town

light from out the lurid sea
Streams up silently
up spires, up kingly halls
like Babylon's walls

There shrines, palaces and towers
undisturbed, by lifting winds forgot
Resigned beneath the sky
The melancholic waters lie.

There open fanes and gaping graves
Yawn with luminous waves
not the jewels that there lie
In each idol's diamond eye

No swellings tell that winds may pass
on this plain of glass
No heavings hint, that winds have been
On seas deathly serene.

There shrines, palaces and towers
undisturbed, by lifting winds forgot
Resigned beneath the sky
The melancholic waters lie.

The waves have now a redder glow
The hours are breathing faint and low
Down, down from underground
Hell, rising from a thousand thrones

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