(7/10) "Chasms" is the second longplayer of Oakland, California based Lycus. Three years ago it was "Tempest" that marked the debut of the doom band from the US of A and now four new songs have been recorded.
Those new tracks are all pretty long. "Mirage" is with seven minutes the shortest one while the rest is up to ten minutes and more.
"Chasms" is gloomy and desperate. Lycus' funeral doom, embedded in these extra long sonic processions, is bringing darkness even over the most sunny places. Dark riffs, celebrated for several minutes, and a booming bass are the foundation for an intense record that you shouldn't listen to while being in a sad mood. Each of the four tracks spreads this oppressive despair that covers the soul with a grey shade.
Having said all this, also means that the mentioned undetone is omnipresent on the entire album. The songs are all good, but they are also a bit of the same only different. A break, like on Mirage", is very appreciated.
In the end Lycus offers you on "Chasms" a challenging journey through the world of sadness and distress. If you're ready for such a trip, start the first leg with "Solar Chamber".
Timeless funeral doom with a solid base.
- Solar Chamber
- Obsidian Eyes
Label: Relapse Records
Genre: Funeral Doom
Release Date EU: January 15th, 2016