Lykathea Aflame
Elvenefris


5.0
classic

Review

by Zipzop5565 USER (20 Reviews)
March 31st, 2010 | 36 replies | 5,271 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Vegetarian Progressive Deathgrind at its finest.

0 of 2 thought this review was well written

Lykathea Aflame’s “Elvenefris” is not a piece of music. Rather, it invokes the listener on a quest, a journey for the Key. Whatever the Key is, is up to you. It could be anything, whatever is missing from your heart and soul. The identity of that object, person, or place is irrelevant. It’s the journey that matters on this album, and “Elvenefris” is intent on guiding us through this spiritual, magical, progressive, and brutal journey.

Now, like my Raintime CD, I have no idea how I happened upon this album. I could have gotten it in a drugged out, drunken stupor; an eccentric, homeless person could have given it to me on the street; or even God Himself could have placed it on my hard drive. However, after glimpsing at the band’s name and checking them out on metal-archives.com, I knew I had something special when I saw they had an average rating of 97% among 14 reviewers. I was convinced a divine spirit must have placed this piece of artwork in my possession, and I imagine the conversation went something like this:

Spirit: “Check this *** out. It’s mentally gay.”
Me: “What does that mean?”
Spirit: “It will blow your mind”
Me: “…….”

Musically, the album is one of the best metal albums created. Technical, brutal, progressive, atmospheric, I could give a veritable laundry list of adjectives to describe this album, but the best one would be: amazing. The Czech Republic band clearly shows their eastern influences throughout the album. With the opening lick to “Land Where Sympathy is Air” to the riff on “On the Way Home”, the album is chock full of punishing, brutal, and at many points soothing guitar riffs. There are no solos on this album, but that doesn’t take away from the listener’s enjoyment.

The clear highlight on this album, however, is Tomas Corn, the band’s drummer. With the ability to play extreme blast beats and complicated jazzy drum sections (such as the break in “Land Where Sympathy…” just listening to Corn play is in itself an adventure. Being a Deathgrind band, the trashcan snare is expected, but while most people might hate that sound, it works for this album. The snare only adds to the brutality of the heavier parts, and doesn’t take away from the softer, progressive sections. Corn is simply inhuman.

Petr Tománek handles the vocals on this album, and they range from the standard brutal death growls to clean singing. While his clean vocals don’t get as high as other metal vocalists, he doesn’t need to do so. While the death growls dominate the album, his clean vocals do show throughout the album, ranging from just speaking clearly to actual singing. While the vocals express brutality, the lyrics are actually a reflection of one’s journey towards salvation. While this is not common in death metal, as many bands refer to abstract themes, this band’s lyrical content is something to be studied. This is difficult with the frog-like vocals obscuring the words, but sometimes you can tell what he is saying.

Like always with metal, the bass is left behind. Due to the somewhat poor production, the bass has limited use on this album, though I suspect if it were removed, we would notice. Despite the production, there are multiple bass drops and instances where the bass can be heard. The bass intro to “To Become Shelter and Salvation” is pretty sweet, and there are some other bass interludes throughout the album, but not very many.

The final track, “Walking in the Garden of Ma’at” is the most atmospheric song on the album, as well as the softest. Simply put, it’s eleven minutes of birds chirping, with a synthesizer playing. Most fans of metal will probably stay away from this song because it doesn’t have much to offer, and I think it’s a little too long, but a great end to a punishing journey through music.

All the songs are great, but the highlights of this album include “Land Where Sympathy is Air”; “Bringer of Elvenefris Flame” which has a fantastic main riff, “To Give”, ….

God damn it. The whole album is a highlight. Many consider this one of the best metal albums ever created, if not the best, and I have to agree with that line of thinking. There is not one boring moment on this album. The mix of punishing death growls, frantic, yet technical drumming, and chaotic guitar riffs make for an enjoyable music experience. This album is a diamond among a sea of horse excrement. Metal fans who don’t particularly like technical death or brutal death will probably not like this album, which is a shame because it’s definitely an album worth hearing.

An A+ in my book, the band give the perfect fusion of Deathgrind with progressive elements. As someone who can’t stand songs longer than five minutes, I found myself drawn to the heavy, experimental, and brutal riffage even through the nine minute “Old Man and a Child.” Definitely check this out if you haven’t already.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Zipzop5565
March 31st 2010



402 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Too bad the band broke up after 1 album, but I think they have reformed under a new name and are working on an album. Hope it's as good as this one.

HenchmanOfSanta
March 31st 2010



1850 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Do people really still think this band is going to make a new album? They last said they were working on it like four years ago. And I think Corn has some kind of physical problem preventing him from drumming.

Review is solid, buuuuuuuuut:
There is nothing grind about this band. Like, at all. Just call them death metal.
"Like always with metal, the bass is left behind." - You aren't listening to the right bands then.

Walking in the Garden of Ma'at is dumb to actively listen to, especially when the rest of the album is already over an hour. But Ptoe telling me "may your steps be blessed, and guided by light" at the end of An Old Man and a Child always makes me smile and feel satisfied.


Zipzop5565
March 31st 2010



402 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

There are some grind aspects to them.

And with 97% of metal bands, the bass is inaudible. I can come up with like 4 bands that have audible bass, let alone interesting bass lines

HenchmanOfSanta
March 31st 2010



1850 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You aren't listening to the right bands then.


Lunarfall
March 31st 2010



3179 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

they "started" working on a new album as of november 25, 2009

http://www.derekroddy.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9704

bloozclooz
March 31st 2010



1770 Comments


dude i bet that slaughterbox beats them in the vegetarian grind category

Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2010



17195 Comments


oshit.

Zipzop5565
March 31st 2010



402 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

2? i can't believe you


Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2010



17195 Comments


i can

ikarus
March 31st 2010



560 Comments


oh man if 15 people think think this is classic then it MUST be good

Zipzop5565
March 31st 2010



402 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

why would you do this to me

Zipzop5565
March 31st 2010



402 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

14 people chose to write about it.

Thor
March 31st 2010



10170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lykathea Aflame’s “Elvenefris” is not a piece of music.

you lost me here

Zipzop5565
March 31st 2010



402 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

continue reading

Thor
March 31st 2010



10170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I did. It's way too conversational and disorganized.

Zipzop5565
March 31st 2010



402 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

okay

TheSpirit
March 31st 2010



17128 Comments



And with 97% of metal bands, the bass is inaudible. I can come up with like 4 bands that have audible bass, let alone interesting bass lines




you retarded bro?



Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

Zipzop5565
March 31st 2010



402 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Well, name some bands besides Death, Cynic, and Atheist that have interesting bass lines

Relinquished
March 31st 2010



24375 Comments


Obscura, Blotted Science, Intronaut, Irepress, Necrophagist, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Spastic Ink, etc.

TheSpirit
March 31st 2010



17128 Comments


Remmirath
Iron Maiden
Motley Crue
Aguynguerran
Burzum
Carcass
Deli Creeps
Kalevala
Lugubrum
Shining


and a lot more that i'm too lazy to list.



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