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from Oligarchy by Lycanthia



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 contrasts nicely with the poignant female vocals from violinist and keyboardists, Vanessa Black, and Megan Tassaker. 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.


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


from Oligarchy, track 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
Andrew Craig - Drums




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