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Lychgate : An Antidote For The Glass Pill

Lychgate's madly-eclectic sophomore mix of Black Metal and Doom influences is a delightful listen.

'An Antidote for the Glass Pill' is the second album from the UK-based Lychgate, who are a Black/Doom metal hybrid group including the frontman of beloved Funeral doomsters Esoteric, Greg Chandler. Filled to the brim with mid-tempo moodiness and Black Metal atmospherics, the group's sophomore record finds itself far from a difficult listen, which is nice to see from two genres often bloated with bad production decisions. Do you want Black Metal barking mixed with tortured screams? You've got it. Cheesy (but delightful) organ play and weird guitar leads? Double check. The soundtrack for a horror-themed circus for the damned is here for you in all its splendor.

To top it off, there is no shortage of solid musicianship on this album. From the occasional beautiful piano flourishes taking the place of the aforementioned organ work to the drummer refusing to be boring regardless of whether the particular passage is fast or slow, to the vocalist's ability to also utilize clean, harmonized vocals alongside his barks, tastefully placed when required. A delightful listen from start to finish.

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Reviewer's rating: 8/10


Tracklist :
1. Unto My Tempest
2. Davamesque B2
3. I Am Contempt
4. A Principle On Seclusion
5. Letter XIX
6. Deus Te Videt
7. The Illness Named Imagination
8. An Acousmatic Guardian
9. My Fate To Burn Forever
10. The Pinnacle Known To Sisyphus

Duration : Approx. 50 minutes

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Reviewed on 2017-12-18 by Jon Carr
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