Chuck Schuldiner Project

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Lychgate - An Antidote for the Glass Pill

Lychgate are the kind of band who help me to remember what I loved so much about black metal in the first place. Though they are distinctly epic, there is also a wonderfully fucked up vibe to the music that helps to keep things interesting. An Antidote for the Glass Pill is profoundly twisted and will leave you picking at the rotting flesh exposed by this ungodly sound. The chaotic and overwhelming might of what Lychgate are doing on this record defies words.

That being said, it can be argued that An Antidote for the Glass Pill is at times overly ambitious and a bit too far reaching. Yet a lot of this seems to be due to crowded sounding production. Of course, this also indicates just how god damn good this band can be. The wealth of technically complex and melodically delicious lines found throughout An Antidote for the Glass Pill is stunning and makes me wonder how much more this band has to evolve. The potential here is palatable and you can easily tell that Lychgate are on the verge of something great. In fact I might even argue that An Antidote for the Glass Pill is the band making serious headway on a triumphant sonic journey.

Am I over-romanticizing another black metal band with just a few releases out? Probably. But I will say this, I do genuinely feel that Lychgate have a fairly distinct sound, and the way that their guitar lines simply feel epic is marvelous. The cinematic qualities to An Antidote for the Glass Pill are nearly omnipresent and help to establish the band as legends-in-the-making. As they continue to evolve their sound and make better use of their resources I can only see great things happening in years to come.

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