Also Sprach Futura

Label: Debemur Morti
Three similar bands: Esoteric/Lunar Aurora/Omega Centauri

Rating: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
1. Incarnate
2. Progeny of the Singularity
3. Simulacrum
4. Vanity Ablaze

J. C. Young “Vortigern” - Guitar, Organ, Mellotron, Vocals
Greg Chandler - Vocals
T. J. F. Vallely - Drums
A. K. Webb - Bass
S. D. Lindsley - Guitar

Lychgate (2013)
An Antidote for the Glass Pill (2015)
The Contagion in Nine Steps (2018)


Drums recorded at Eidola Studio, UK.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Greg Chandler at Priory Studios, UK.
Photography by Simon Francis, except photograph of Greg Chandler by Paul Ward.
Logo by Luis Miguel.
Circle image by Kate Dawkins Studio.
Layout concept by Vortigern and Khaos Diktator Design.
Painting, illustrations, graphic design and layout by Khaos Diktator Design.

Released 2020-03-13
Reviewed 2020-02-17


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Also Sprach Futura is the new EP with the band Lychgate, it follows the three albums they have released before. We reviewed their debut in 2013 and were mildly impressed with it, and this one is a pretty logical follower to that album. The EP looks a bit dark, but then it is a black metal one, so it is in order. We are given four tracks and about twenty minutes of playing time, and they are good tracks.

This is dark and pretty dramatic; they balance darkness and melodies really well. The production is good, and I like the vocal stylings that they are offering. They have good depth in the songs, and I would describe this as a quality production. It is fairly fresh, and for a black metal release it can probably be said to be a fairly original release. Not that it is a ground-breaking release in any way but it is fresh enough to be interesting.

I think this is a good release, but there is something missing. I am not that fond of the EP-format, it feels like something that was relevant back in the day to add more value to singles but in the digital age it feels a bit pointless. It would be wiser just to release albums and not EP or singles, and this one would be a lot more interesting with three or four more exciting tracks – I think it ends before it really starts and that is a slight let-down.

If you like Lychgate you should get this one, the same is true if you like the black metal genre as well. It would have been better with an album and if you are not a fan of the band or the genre you might want to wait for the next album as you might feel there is something missing here – it is good but an album would have been better.