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by Lycanthia

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Awaken, despise the beauty of the dawn Only once again to join with chaos Choking, smothering all that I am I'm drowning in the tides of slavery Slavery with the illusion of freedom Giant herds of men that spread across the lands Devouring, devastating all in sight The freedom of past now gone Now drones, bio-machines The birth of digital flesh Cloaked in digital appendages I suffer so, a bygone product of my race Am i truly outdated or are my eyes wide open While the rest suffer, blinded and unaware? Forced by the strong Submerge my will, conform The inevitable truth The reshaping of our existence I long for the afterlife
Eternity... 01:48
Forgone 07:34
Far from the woes of earth Lived a deity Hitherto a stranger to calamity Still, no heart is immune to love And fate chose a worldly creature To charm our young God The Gods took heed Masters of creation Were filled with fury No God could halt such passion No power could forestall such zeal I defy thee, rulers of the universe I condemn eternity without her At last... Liberty A divine pariah Stripped of immortality Seeking comfort in the realm of the mortals Eyes glisten with passion Her touch confirms a gesture of tenderness A single night they spent Entwined in one last embrace Awakened by wrath... Lo the stench of death filled the place Darkness enshrouds them As Gods cast their vengeance Silence hovers over moments drear and sick She lays dying Still graceful as night Elegant as fall... Cries unanswered Orisons unrequited I cease endeavors And ponder my escape... Death comes at last What is mayhem for man Is merely solace for me
Global incestuous death Creating the destroyer Destroying the creator A hunger for flesh Both in lust and death Suicidal plague body Fucking it's way to self-destruction For all it knows, All it sees Selfish backs are turned As lust wells up The suffering of the new to come Matters not A lover,a parent, a child Turned upon itself Murder suicide Born to turn upon itself
Hope flickers, dying on the horizon And felicity renders into oblivion A fantasy... Frozen in time A prisoner inside my own self Locked within the walls of my own disgrace Tearslinger under my skin A fusion of pride and fear A blend of serenity and resentment The want to flee consumes me The urge to succumb eats its way Through a brawn, weakened by seclusion In my utter gloom, I glance death My seductress, my enchantress I felt life closing in on me Smothering, suffocating me 'Tis unfeasible to escape the bitterness of life I felt life closing in on me And I tasted death with delight Ne'er will I dwell...
A constant reoccurence awakens my suffering My existence servitude to trauma As a time lapsed world carries on Reality became my nightmare This dwelling despair suffocates my soul I battle this doleful ever dawn behind masquerade These limbs are pulled by threads from times past Like a puppet, my actions play out my suffering These bleak eyes witness to terror Crimson tears will stain these cheeks My tragedy engraved in my skil Oh to embrace a new day, the suns warmth I am cold and prisoner to filthy regrets It is said that time heals all wounds Time had only fed this wound The rusty rapier succumbs to my warmth "Bleed me for I am poisoned"
The king and queens in golden towers Men of God, children of demons Beggars and threadbare pariahs United under the lure of one poison Nearer to death at every breath And yet we work each day To by night play a twisted game And dissolve what years had built Awaken from the cure in a shroud of errors In sickness, yet the torment of past remains No ease, but one lless night to live So look to the future and the poison again Hair of the beast that plagues us Destroy memories of pain with Warped euphoria ever forgotten All that remains is sickness
My primeval eyes sheilded from fear All truth and vision was blinded, lost The early years, the lost years T he link to the ancestral plain Now I wonder And I wander I journey through strange corridors Or mirrors distorted reflections Crossing paths of unfamiliar memories Doors closed on rooms, never again entered Sadness grasps hold Longing for this lost part of me Something now unknown And only the end now, will reveal the secrets That I long for How I long for


Formed in 1996, Lycanthia carries with them a history spanning 17 years and are one of Australia's oldest surviving doom metal bands.

A six piece band hailing from Sydney, Lycanthia plays traditional gothic death-doom metal with a strong emphasis on atmosphere, melody, and the captivating use of alternating male growls and female soprano vocals. Comparisons could be drawn between Lycanthia and the sound found in the early "golden age" works of classic gothic doom bands such as My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost, Draconian, and Theatre of Tragedy.

A flagship of this particular sound is the contrast between dark, aggressive, and heavy death-doom and softer moments courtesy of female vocals, keyboards, and violin arrangements and Lycanthia does this extraordinarily well. The growls courtesy of founding member and bassist Lee Tassaker is a definite strong point of the album, and he's accompanied very nicely with the poignant female vocals from both the violinist and keyboardist, Vanessa Black and Megan Tassaker respectively.

The vocal work is complimented nicely by six very competent musicians all working towards a heavy, despairing, and powerfully melancholic sound and a production quality that does the songwriting justice. Mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Katatonia), the re-release of Oligarchy on Hypnotic Dirge comes in a digipack format with an 8 page foldout booklet.


released April 7, 2013

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


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