LYKATHEA AFLAME
Death Metal • Czech Republic

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Czech technical death metal band Lykathea Aflame took Appalling Spawn's combination of melody and brutal death/grind to a new level with some great technicality.

The band broke up, but Petr and Tomás have reformed under the name "Lykathé" and are recording a new album.

Their only album, Elvenefris, was released in 2000. In addition they recorded different versions of the tracks "To Give" and "Shine of Consolation" for Obscene Extreme sampler discs.

The main man behind Lykathea Aflame, Petr Tománek (aka Ptoe), brought in drummer Tomás Corn (formerly of Garbage Disposal) and some of Czech Republic's finest musicians to craft Elvenefris. The band broke up after it was released.

Tomás Corn announced at some point afterward that he was forced to quit playing drums due to neurological problems in his foot.

On November 2009 Tomás mentioned: "We just started to work on new album yesterday (after many
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LYKATHEA AFLAME Elvenefris

Album · 2000 · Death Metal
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Warthur
Appalling Spawn transmogrified into Lykathea Aflame for this one-off album of technical death metal. As the cover art's aesthetic suggest, ancient Egyptian themes pop up here and there, though usually in the form of stereotypically Egyptian-sounding music played alongside the band's frenetic riffing. The technicality on display is undeniably impressive, though I feel that this is one of those albums where the showing off ends up hurting affairs rather than helping: it's one of those albums where at points the musicians seem to lose interest entirely in conveying any sort of point or establishing any sort of mood or generally accomplishing anything else with their music other than making the most complicated noise they can possibly make.

LYKATHEA AFLAME Elvenefris

Album · 2000 · Death Metal
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Conor Fynes
'Elvenefris' - Lykathea Aflame (8/10)

Although Lykathea Aflame only released one album before caving in and changing band names, it is rare to see an expanded list of the 'greatest death metal albums of all time', and not see their work present. Despite virtually universal acclaim across the board, Lykathea Aflame have never achieved that more widespread recognition, although that may be for good reason. Although death metal fans (and metalheads in general) tend to lean towards some side of the spectrum- be it melodic death or brutal grind- 'Elvenefris' sees this talented group touch upon the lightest and heaviest elements of the style, often propping up next to each other. The end result is an incredibly chaotic and challenging record, but also one filled with beauty, precision, and listening satisfaction.

For those already familiar with death metal, Lykathea Aflame's heavier elements lean towards the niche of 'brutal death metal'; a pummelling brand of death metal that is best represented by its low guttural vocals, and- as one may have guessed by the name- a hyberbolic sense of brutality. Although the incredibly low vocals of Radim Matìjka plant Lykathea Aflame firmly within that particular school of death metal, there is much more to 'Elvenefris' than brutal riffs and blasts. What has made this album stand the test of time is the fact that Lykathea Aflame introduce strong melodic hooks, and even mellow moments of atmosphere amidst the crushing heaviness. These atmospheric melodies are often based in Middle-Eastern music. Although they are from the Czech Republic, 'Elvenefris' carries an Egyptian theme in the music. To illustrate; 'Land Where Sympathy Is Air' opens the album with a jarring melody that sounds plucked out of oriental music. The combination of these widely contrasting sounds is challenging to hear at first, but as a listener becomes more used to the distinctive death metal sound that Lykathea Aflame plays, the risk pays off.

The guttural vocals are a bit hard to handle at first, even for someone who is fairly versed in the death metal genre. However, they are mixed very well into the rest of the sound, never overpowering the instruments. Radim's very low growl makes it virtually impossible to hear what he's saying for the most part, and the vocals virtually become a blanket of heaviness that compliments the feeling that the metal elements bring. For an album of this aggressiveness, 'Elvenefris' does run a tad long, going several minutes over the hour mark. When one considers that the last track is an unnecessary piece of synth-laden ambiance, it's clear that some of the music here could have been shaved off, without losing any of the meaning. Lykathea Aflame's album does not strike me as the flawless masterwork that some claim it is, but I can certainly appreciate why they would think that about the music here. In a style that is most plagued by generic bands, 'Elvenefris' stands out, and still sounds as fresh today as it did a decade ago.

LYKATHEA AFLAME Elvenefris

Album · 2000 · Death Metal
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Sheavy
(Original review from ProgArchives.com)

This album is much hailed in the underground Death Metal circles and rightfully so. It takes Brutal Death Metal and combines it with at times an almost Post Rock feel with the guitar harmonies and some almost Jazzy drumming during these parts. It is highly technical, but unfortunately, overall it grows tiresome and loses its appeal to me. The songs start to become almost unrecognisable and run together. Otherwise this is a great record that shows vast improvement over all other "Brutal Death Metal" out there, with some very good inclusion of sounds and instruments that I have never heard before in a setting as devastating as this genre can be. Their are snatches of Sitar here and there, and while Lykathea are normally just blasting away, they occasionally do let up, and there is talking parts, but they are unintellligible to me. The last song is a extremely nice way to end the album, I think, with some nice almost exotic sounds, with birds chirping, and it overall is very calming. Something that people with an interest in Prog Metal should really invest some time into.

LYKATHEA AFLAME Elvenefris

Album · 2000 · Death Metal
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The Angry Scotsman
Let me first say this album blows my mind! Lykathea Aflame, (now just Lykathea) was introduced to me by my brother because of how obscure they were. We could not find them even in our always reliable local music store. However, we grew to love "Elvenefris" This album is the epitome of Progressive Metal. In an instant it shifts from soft, slow melodies with clean guitar work to brutal death metal. Every song on this album will take you to both extremes, several times.

The guitar work on this album is best described as organized chaos. It never does the same thing for more than 20 seconds at a time. Throughout any song you will hear death metal-esque tremolo picking, crushing riffs, (and they are always different!), eastern influences, and very technical licks.

The drumming on "Elvenefris" is truly astounding. While there are plenty of thrash beats, double bass, and mind numbingly fast blast beats, there are also very technical beats. There is constant use of double bass, with complex ride/snare patterns over it. The drumming is very fill heavy, and just like the guitar work it is always changing. On the flip of a switch Tomas Corn alternates from precision snare and bass drumming to blast beats, then to a jazzy interlude, and back to pounding blast beats. That is what amazes me most, his technicality on the album as well as his stop and go skills.

Every song is different, and each is an indescribable experience of technicality. Despite the extreme metal feel to the album, there is the 11:13 long "Walking in the Garden of Ma'at" which is entirely consistent of bird chirping and "nature" sounds.

If there is one downside to this album, it has to be the vocals. I am a seasoned veteran of metal, and death metal, but even I have some difficulty with the vocals on this album. I am not sure how to describe them..."pig squeal" vocals, seem the best way to go, (to me the vocals often just sound like "bree"). It should be noted the vocals often fit the music very well, but they can be tough to swallow. Luckilly, the vocals are not used heavily, or else I might have to give this album a lower rating. However, spoken word is also used frequently and if you are a fan, you will get past the vocals.

This is one of the best metal albums, ever. Quite a claim given its obscurity and extremity, but I stand by it. Some of the most extreme, technical, and progressive metal there is. The musicianship on this album is simply brilliant. A masterpiece of metal.

Five Stars

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