Bay Area up-and-coming doom troupe LYCUS has just announced a new run of West Coast dates in support of the band’s sophomore LP and Relapse debut, Chasms. Olympia funeral doom quintet Eos will support on select dates – check out a full itinerary below.
LYCUS released Chasms this past January via Relapse Records to extensive critical acclaim, including from publications such as Pitchfork, Stereogum, Decibel, and many others.
Mar 17 Los Angeles, CA The Lexington with Ēōs, Eigenlicht, Skyeater
Mar 18 Santa Cruz, CA Caffe Pergolesi with Ēōs, Eigenlicht (Free show, over by 10PM)
Mar 19 Oakland, CA Oakland Metro with Ēōs, Eigenlicht
Mar 23 Sacramento, CA Starlite Lounge with Cura Cochino and TBA
Mar 25 Seattle, WA Highline with Un, Hissing, Eye of Nix
Mar 26 Portland, OR Panic Room with Ninth Moon Black, Druden, In The Name of God
Mar 27 Olympia, WA Obsidian with Ēōs, Eigenlicht
Originally formed in the fall of 2008, LYCUS began as one of the very few doom metal bands in the Sacramento area. After relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area, founding members Trevor DeSchryver and Jackson Heath reformed the band and recorded Demo MMXI at Earhammer Studios in Oakland, CA. Demo MMXI was released on cassette by Graceless Recordings, then on vinyl through The Flenser in January 2012.
More recently, LYCUS experienced tremendous growth and recognition that belie the band’s youth and early obscurity. The band issued their debut full-length, Tempest, in July 2013 (20 Buck Spin) to extensive critical acclaim, especially notable considering the band’s underground origins. In its 7.9 review of the record, Pitchfork said, “LYCUS’s early stages of grief have matured into dignified resignation and graceful acceptance.” The album ended up at #18 on Decibel’s Top 40 Albums of 2013. That reception was enough to catch the attention of Relapse Records, who signed the Oakland undertakers in January 2015.
Recorded at Atomic Garden Studios with producer Jack Shirley and featuring art from celebrated Italian mastermind Paolo Girardi (Inquistion, Bell Witch), Chasms is four immense tracks of deep, unbridled gloom for acolytes of Mournful Congregation, Inter Arma, Evoken, and YOB. Complete with massive clean / bellowing vocal arrangements, atmospheric cello accompaniments, and enormous compositions, LYCUS have created another mournfully expressive work of timeless doom.