Lycantrophilia is a promising extreme/death metal band I discovered two years ago and featured their previous album, BLOOD MOON CHRONICLES, here on Metalhead Community Magazine. Only after a few months of Blood Moon Chronicle’s release, they are back with a brand new EP; Demiurge released not long ago in 2020.
In case you haven’t heard about the band before, Lycantrophilia has started their careers with an EP called; Metamorph Re-Issue (2019). Since then, the band released one long-play album, Blood Moon Chronicles (2020), and an EP, Demiurge (2020). Now, please give it a listen while reading the rest of the article.
Lycantrophilia is definitely a very successful band that has been under Metalhead Community’s radar for some time now. To be more specific, Lycantrophilia is the band form project of an amazing musician, Isegrimm, from Hesse, Germany. First of all, I’d like to say that I have huge respect and admiration for Lycantrophilia for their approach, determination, sense of art, understanding of music, and of course, their productivity. Making two successful releases (an EP and a long-play album, 17 songs in total) only in one year is truly impressive. You don’t see this happening very often, even by the professionals who live their lives as full-time musicians.
Demiurge is a monstrous sounding, very powerful record in general. When I think of the album, only two things come to my mind; power and darkness. It is a fantastic blend of dark and technical metal styles altogether with brutal and growling vocals, which goes back and forth from black metal to death metal all through the way. I can hear influences from Behemoth, Iced Earth, Demons & Wizards, Cradle of Filth, and Dimmu Borgir. It’s like the death/black metal version of the signature Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth) riffs, combined with Behemoth’s darkness. Just think about it for a second!
The overall atmosphere of the album is truly fantastic. I don’t think anybody will ever lose the excitement throughout the album. Songs are mostly melodic but simple, monstrous guitar riffs with additional symphonic metal elements. When I compare Demiurge with their previous album, Blood Moon Chronicles, I can say that Demiurge sounded much more like a concept album to me.
On the other hand, I am convinced that Demiurge has the necessary foundations for any metalhead to have a strong connection. Although it was recorded and produced by the band, I was totally satisfied with everything in the music. As you might also remember from some of my previous articles, I am totally into progressive metal music with the necessary darkness and atmosphere. In my book, Demiurge is a big step forward in Lycantrophilia’s career. Hands down. I have nothing to say about this matter at all. However, there’s a reason for not considering DEMIURGE as one of the greatest of its kind for me, which is the level of creativity in their compositions. I listened to the full album more than a few times before writing this article. Every time, it felt like the character, the signature of Lycantrophilia wasn’t recognizable and solid enough. Some might disagree with me on this, and that is totally understandable. I just think that these gentlemen have the necessary foundations in their music to build their authentic character. It’s just a matter of time.