Just calling The Contagion In Nine Steps black metal or doom metal just doesn’t seem to cut it. To try to define exactly what this album is trying to sound like is going to be trying. Lychgate’s new full length album is a monstrous rendition of symphonic chemistry, funeral doom, gothic doom, progressive instrumentation, death metal growling, harmonious choir singing….this album is truly cinematic in it’s execution and delivery. The Contagion In Nine Steps is unlike anything I’ve heard before and I welcome it’s creativity and unique writings.
Walled with guitars and drums, we are immediately met with layers of metal within each song. Somehow, Lychgate manages to add more and more to the composition, changing tempos and utilizing their instruments and vocal talents to make each track as ominous as it is beautiful. The creative use of different vocal styles and instruments really makes this album stand out. The progressive nature in the song writing really makes the doom moments flow effortlessly. Use of the piano also adds a wicked gothic sense of style to the ominous tones omitting from my speakers. Crafted carefully and painfully, the songs found on The Contagion In Nine Steps is truly brilliant.
Creatively speaking, this album is incredibly good but is it enough to gain the interest of your typical listener? Someone looking for something epic within the first 30 seconds of the first song before forever discarding it? No. This album took me a minute to fully understand what I was getting myself into. The odd beginning of the album was hard to decipher as well and once I understood, I was in. During the second listen of the album is where things started to click. Lychgate put out something different and it will take a listen or two to grasp it. However, you may be turned off within the first 2 minutes of it and turn it off forever. Which is…you know, fair enough…your loss.
Lychgate’s new album, The Contagion In Nine Steps, is a must listen doom album. Utilizing styles pulled from many genres of metal and art, this album stands out from the rest without following trends or the ever so delicious funeral doom standards that I love. The album is out now so you have no excuse to dive in before you purchase it. A very dynamic experience, enjoy.
Release Date: March 30th, 2018
Label: Blood Music