say a Word (Make up mix)
Scythe : vocals, lead guitar, saz
review by Matthew "Newbreed99" Haumschild___
this band isnít Slayer. Itís joke, you are supposed to laugh. HA!
HA! HA! No, seriously. Lycosia makes it presence known again through
their new album, ďApokalipstik.Ē I love this album name. You have
impending doom blended with make-up. I love it. Lycosia is France.
What!? France!? They make music over there? Yes, they do, go to my
myspace site, and check out the French metal website, and yes, you will
find Lycosia. Now, Lycosia doesnít sound lie your typical music group.
Iíve never been able to classify them. The band has aspects of metal,
gothic, glam, punk, international, techno, anything but classical and
Last Splash starts out
kind of slow and a little mysterious. But once the synthesized drums
kick in, the song starts to have a dance beat. The sound I hear in the
background, along with the synth-drums is something between a guitar and
even more synth-keys! The vocals kick in about a minute into the song
and the producer has done something rather ballsy: he places a very big
sounding reverb on the vocals, making them barely audible. Itís as if
the band is going more towards an atmospheric sound than anything else.
The song continues into itís mid-paced dance beat throughout the song
and before I knew it the song was doneÖfive and a half minutes later.
All these Worlds
starts out with something I might see on an Anime show. Techno sounding
synths, and the bass kicks in and gives it a dance groove to it, but
when the guitars kick in, it turns into a 80ís style of song. And the
singing comes in and it turns upbeat, but it maintained the massive
reverb. It got to sound really weird at the chorus part of the song. It
almost sounded like it would appeal to young teenagers than anything
else. It was pleasant to listen to, but not to crank out or anything.
Now, I want to know, whose idea it was to name a song, ďHard
Dressed Bitch.Ē I am curious, how can one, dress hard? The track
stats out with a guitar with the wah pedal up all the way. I think it
sounds cool. This is one of their more punk sounding songs. It reminds
me like a combination of Killing Joke going glam with silly lyrics. This
track isnít without heavy synth either. The reverb on the vocals are
gone, but itís virtually buried in the mix, making this song more
atmospheric than anything else.
My favorite track on the CD is Leftover.
It has more of a rock element than most of the album and the vocals are
back where they should be in the mix, loud enough to hear them! The
chorus is very catchy, and the beat is infectious. Itís a mid-paced
song, the funny part is, I could see people making love with this song
in the background. Itís a bit popish too, but that isnít totally
Light Years isnít
too bad of a song either. It reminds me of something Depeche Mode would
have done had they had a guitar player with distortion. Matter of fact,
I would have to say it reminds me of something between Duran Duran and
DM. Itís another steady mid-paced song that isnít upbeat. The
guitars are more atmospheric and not in my face all the time. Itís
another song thatís pleasant to listen to.
I thought it was ballsy for the producer to place the vocals so
softly in a few songs on this album. Itís unheard of because the
majority of people, when they listen to rock music, they listen to the
singer first. But for this album, Lycosia placed heavy emphasis on their
synth and guitars. The drums were routine but everything sounded great
quality wise. I like the fact the vocals were low in those songs. Itís
I though the CD was very atmospheric. Where one could place the
CD in, and forget that itís on. Is that good or bad? For Metal
thatís bad, for punk thatís bad, matter of fact, for most kinds of
musicÖthatís bad. But, is the music bad? No. Itís music that
doesnít give you a headache after listening to it for 6 hours, but it
didnít grab my attention. Iím not sure if I would recommend this to
one specific group of people. Because, itís too techno for the punks,
itís not heavy enough for the metallers, itís too gothic for people
who listen to pop musicÖI say market it to everyone. Itís nice to
put on asÖatmospheric music people shouldnít bitch about.
|Matthew Haumschild 12.11.2006|
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