Released: February 22nd, 2019 / Rain Without End Records
Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
Reviewer: John Haseltine
New Zealand’s very own Lysithea is back with their latest STAR-CROSSED. Again we have a two piece band here. I was amazed when I found that out. Not really, but a little. They formed in 2010 and have six releases under their belt. Two EP’s and four full-length albums with STAR-CROSSED being number six.
The band’s first three releases were actually all instrumental. It wasn’t until Mike Wilson joined in 2014 that they would start adding vocals in the mix. I believe that was/is a good thing.
They play a style of melodic / progressive metal. Maybe leaning a bit more towards melodic death metal at times. Either way they lean, they lean well. These guys have a great sound to them with very infectious riffs and melodies. They even pull off the more somber moments like a delicate surgeon’s blade.
I had sort of fallen out of this genre for some time now. I am so glad to have come across these guys. This is a great album. There are some moments that harken Agalloch, Fen, and Gallowbraid as well as November’s Doom, Insomnia, and Swallow The Sun.
A great new effort by what I can now say is a favorite new band. This is one of those that needs no real effort to enjoy and should go far in the rankings. Now we just need to get the word out there that Lysithea are a band you, yeah you! Need to give a listen to. It’s a really beautiful thing man….