Lykathea Aflame
Elvenefris


5.0
classic

Review

by manuscriptreplica USER (18 Reviews)
January 16th, 2005 | 159 replies | 20,928 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist


7 of 8 thought this review was well written

This band is the most unique band I've heard. They are also one of the best bands I've heard. They mix the gutteral, uncomprehensive vocals of Cryptopsy, with some of the most brutal sounds ever, and mix it with these melodic interludes that wouldn't be out of place in an Elton John record. And the way they mix it is excellent as well - they will go from a growl and some blasts to a soft melodic thing with keyboards and clean guitars. The vocalist, with his crushingly heavy growls, has a really nice clean voice as well, and his spoken word bits are almost spooky, but great still the same. The best way to describe this band is a brutal Opeth.

Talking about drummers, this particular drummer, Tomas Corn, is a freak. He has to be heard to be believed. Think of Necrophagist, with a real drummer, and you probably have Tomas Corn. In my opinion, he is better than Flo Mournier. He is a human drum machine. His left hand technique is incredible. His double kicks are lightning fast. He adds so much to the music, adding in fills that no drummer can dream of doing, tom rolls, extra snare hits, he has it all. There is no possible way that the drums could have been better on this album. Guitars are amazing too: two different guitars, with different tones, doing different things! It's amazing I know, and it sounds excellent. The occasional keyboards are excellent too, it's used to perfection.

The musicianship is great, too. Songs rarely stay in 4/4 for longer than 4 bars, without there being a little 2/4 bar with a drum fill, or just an extra beat somewhere, or something. It isn't pretentious, like Spiral Architect or something, you can still follow it easily, nod your head to it etc. and it doesn't get boring. A testament to their great song writing. The lyrics, unlike about 95% of death metal bands, aren't about gore and death, rather they discuss subjects like redemption, longing and sadness. The lyrics are wonderful, I suggest you read them (you can't really understand them)

Recommended songs: The opening track, Land Where Sympathy is Air is the finest track on the record, by far. Not to say the other tracks aren't good, they all are, but this one just stands so much taller than the rest. One of the best songs I've ever heard. Sadness and Strength is one of the longer songs, and my 2nd favourite. Both songs are kind of similar, they both use that Arabic type tone (found at the start of Land Where Sympathy is Air), both have spoken word bits (the one at about 6:00 in Sadness and Strength is the best one on the CD) and both basically kick tremendous amounts of a ss.

Rating: 5/5. Probably my favourite death metal CD. It has something for every metal fan in general. I highly suggest checking out some stuff, preferably the recommended songs. There isn't a bad moment in the whole CD.



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LordDargon
August 24th 2004



165 Comments


unimaginably good album. I haven't even listened to the last track yet though. It's long.

5/5

Bartender
Emeritus
August 24th 2004



826 Comments


Great job, wasn't expecting a review of this. This album is indeed awesome; incredibly varied, and every bit of it pulled off very well. Things get called unique far too often, but I think Elvenefris may be something actually deserving of it.

[QUOTE=manuscriptreplica]
The only person I know who plays in the band is the drummer, Tomas Corn, unfortunately.[/QUOTE]

The rest of the band were;
Ptoe - guitar, vocals
Andy Maresh - bass
Ondra Martinek - guitar

But did you know they're all gone? From the Elvenefris lineup, only Thomas Corn remains. I wonder if the album released as Lykathé will live up to Elvenefris' standards.

As for Corn being better than Flo..I'm not so sure. Especially considering the recent reports from Cryptopsy that Flo has improved upon his previous level of skill - something about "double blast beats". He is a great drummer though, and I think the performance here at least matches that on None So Vile, if not actually outdoing it.

lilpete86
August 24th 2004



13 Comments


That is such an amazing album, i wish i could find out more about the band but their so **** mysterious.

Awesome review man

Per Ardua Ad Astra
August 24th 2004



106 Comments


I'm been meaning to check out this band for ages.

LegionsofMarduk
August 24th 2004



2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Excellent band. Excellent album. 5/5

[QUOTE=Per Ardua Ad Astra]I'm been meaning to check out this band for ages.[/QUOTE]

I thought you'd heard them from being in the death head's thread so much! Hell I would have put a track on the cd I made you if I knew you hadn't heard them!!! Here's a link to the song Land Where Sympathy Is Air.

Lykathea Aflame - Land Where Sympathy Is Air

Iai
Emeritus
August 24th 2004



3553 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Haha.....Metal Archives owns you, apparently.

Per Ardua Ad Astra
August 24th 2004



106 Comments


[QUOTE=LegionsofMarduk]I thought you'd heard them from being in the death head's thread so much! Hell I would have put a track on the cd I made you if I knew you hadn't heard them!!! Here's a link to the song Land Where Sympathy Is Air.[/QUOTE]

Ah Muchas Gracias!
I've been meaning to get into them for about six months, i just never got around to it.

Bartender
Emeritus
August 24th 2004



826 Comments


[QUOTE=Iai]Haha.....Metal Archives owns you, apparently.[/QUOTE]

Yeah, I've wondered about that as well.

Chop Suey!
August 24th 2004



12 Comments


Holy ****. that is so awesome. ive never heard ANYTHING like it before. Totally unique. God im gonna **** my pans, i need that cd!

manuscriptreplica
August 25th 2004



431 Comments


Ha... I'm using my college's computer, so I can see the 'Metal Archives owns you'. It shows the image at my computer at home.

[QUOTE=Bartender]

The rest of the band were;
Ptoe - guitar, vocals
Andy Maresh - bass
Ondra Martinek - guitar

But did you know they're all gone? From the Elvenefris lineup, only Thomas Corn remains. I wonder if the album released as Lykathé will live up to Elvenefris' standards.

As for Corn being better than Flo..I'm not so sure. Especially considering the recent reports from Cryptopsy that Flo has improved upon his previous level of skill - something about "double blast beats". He is a great drummer though, and I think the performance here at least matches that on None So Vile, if not actually outdoing it.[/QUOTE]


Thanks for that. I wasn't sure if they were in the band or not, because of all the changing members... and what sort of name is Ptoe anyway? And I can't wait for the new Cryptopsy either, I've only heard Worm Cryptopsy (well, I've heard bits and pieces of Disalvo, but what's Cryptopsy without the Worm?) and I am eager to see how much Flo has improved.

Mardy
November 8th 2004



36 Comments


I ****ing love this album!

I love A Step Closer and On the way Home

But I've heard that their new stuff sucks, something about female vocals and bad synths...

LordDargon
November 8th 2004



165 Comments


man :upset:

Where did you hear this?

Happymeal
November 8th 2004



330 Comments


I saw this review when it was still new and I didn't like death metal yet. Now I'm liking "Land Where Sympathy is Air" a lot more, I'll definitely check out this album.

manuscriptreplica
November 8th 2004



431 Comments


*bump*

Bartender, I've edited all the symbols out, fixed the album cover and the lineup, can you edit the title for me?

Bartender
Emeritus
November 8th 2004



826 Comments


Yep, got them. I wonder why the upgrade affected all of your reviews so badly.

caspian
November 8th 2004



38 Comments


looks awesome, I should check them out.

Dancin' Man
November 8th 2004



719 Comments


It is time. I am stealing some more music.

manuscriptreplica
November 8th 2004



431 Comments


[QUOTE=Bartender]Yep, got them. I wonder why the upgrade affected all of your reviews so badly.[/QUOTE]

Because they affected the best ones

p.s thanks

Mardy
November 9th 2004



36 Comments


[QUOTE=LordDargon]man :upset:

Where did you hear this?[/QUOTE]

from the creator of www.teufelstomb.com and someone other... can't remember. I once found a file, but I never got it downloader.

El-Heino
November 23rd 2004



1 Comments


Wow, that's a splendid review of that Lykathea Aflame CD!! Nice work, it captures pretty much how I feel about this monumentous release.

I, too, have been trying to find out more about this "mysterious" band. Well, after some work; sadly, the findings are mixed:

1) Lykathea Aflame have indeed been renamed to "Lykath" (http://www.lykathe.com) but the band has been rather inactive over past 2years+ (I use the fact that there is such a lack of info about them as evidence of that!).

2) The "band" is now down to just a one-man project of Petr Tomanek (Ptoe); he cooperates with some external musicians and Tom Corn may be there (perhaps) as a session studio drummer.

3) Now, for fans of their drummer (as I invariably am), he is now collaborating with the following:

DESPISE ( http://despise/webpark.cz ) - brutal death grind in US vein
SOLFERNUS ( http://www.solfernus.tk ) - fast black metal
(In the above bands, he has not played on any of their releases so far, both have used drum-machines in the past)

SINNOCENCE (no site yet) - new band of Lykath ex-members Martin Corn-bass, Vclav Zahradnk (keyboards), Tom Corn-drums, Kristina-vocals, Michal Rkosnk-guitars (ex-Alienation Mental). They play rock music with classical influences, nothing brutal...


For the record, I believe that Mr Corn has surpassed his own "mentor", Mr Mounier...


N.B. First post here. :wave:



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