Oakland funeral doom legion, LYCUS, is in the final stages of locking down the second US tour in support of their mammoth 2013-released debut LP, Tempest.
Following a maelstrom of critical acclaim for their cavernous creative delivery of soul-searing funeral doom on the three-song, over forty-minute Tempest, LYCUS toured the West Coast last Summer. Now the band is prepared to cross the continent to infiltrate the opposite coast and back on their way to take part in the five-day Brooklyn-based extreme metal event, Martyrdoom. The final venues on this long-haul for the band are being confirmed now, with a solid three-week venture planned, surrounding the band's performance at the final day of Martyrdoom 2014 on July 1st alongside Vilkacis, Evoken and Lord Mantis, with 20 Buck Spin labelmates Mournful Congregation headlining.
LYCUS Tempest US Tour Part II:
6/19/2014 TBA - Oakland, CA
6/20/2014 The Complex - Los Angeles, CA
6/21/2014 Wallstreet Warehouse - Phoenix, AZ
6/22/2014 Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
6/23/2014 The Lost Well - Austin, TX
6/24/2014 Mudlark Theatre - New Orleans, LA
6/25/2014 TBA - Nashville, TB w/ Loss
6/26/2014 TBA - Richmond, VA
6/27/2014 Bar Clay House - Baltimore, MD
6/28/2014 Golden Tea House - Philadelphia, PA
6/29/2014 Dusk - Providence, RI
7/01/2014 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY @ Martyrdoom Fest
7/02/2014 Gooski's - Pittsburgh, PA
7/03/2014 Live Wire Lounge - Chicago, IL
7/04/2014 TBA - Kansas City, MO
7/05/2014 Bar Bar - Denver, CO
7/06/2014 Shred Shed - Salt Lake City, UT
7/08/2014 The Black Lodge - Seattle, WA
7/09/2014 East End - Portland, OR
Recorded and mixed at hometown Earhammer Studios with Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Pallbearer, Samothrace, High On Fire), LYCUS seemingly adds new vitality to the funeral doom genre withTempest. While references to Mournful Congregation, Ahab, Thergothon and Noothgrush are foreseeable, the band delivers both caustic and clean riffs and interjects multiple vocal styles and additional instrumentation which elevate the material on Tempest to their own place among the scene's veterans and forerunners, and the album even claiming the #18 spot in Decibel Magazine's top 40 albums of the year.
"Lycus see the hope in doom... a symphony of cell-decaying hymns and chanted vocals that crumple under the gravity field of a vast, blackened, panicked interlude. 9/10" - Decibel
"It's difficult to make a subgenre like funeral doom feel fresh and vital, but Lycus are trying their damnedest to do just that... with Tempest they've harnessed the elemental power of an oncoming storm." - Pitchfork
"It's that moment of cathartic victory right before everyone dies at the end of a Senecan tragedy - awful, but somehow satisfying. And Lycus achieves that here." - Stereogum
"This is one awfully, beautifully dark record. Wholly and unrelentingly painful, Lycus walk into grief with thick skin and mud-caked fists." - Heavy Planet
"...an album so full of loss, so full of depressive grief, that if you closed your eyes and stared into the darkness long enough you may lose yourself and never make it back..." - Metal Insider
"...a debut LP that's rich and full of effortless wonder and the dignified restraint to be found on the record belies the band's youth at every turn." - Cvlt Nation
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