'Realms' is our fifth release, the follow-up to 2014's 'The Secret Fate of All Life'. 6 songs totaling an hour of atmospheric melodic doom metal.
"Lysithea manage to cater to both the doom and melodic death crowds in equal favor with Realms. On the one hand, you’ll hear all the hallmarks of solid doom/death: elaborate and lengthy songs, somber atmospheres with a harsh/soft dynamic blended in, and punishing roars. The type of thing that would appease many fans of Daylight Dies, Atten Ash, or Woccon. Yet they strike a distinct balance with melodic death metal’s twin guitar harmonies. Those who still yearn for the type that The Jester Race-era In Flames could pull off, or even a more doom-rooted band like Insomnium at their more upbeat moments...8/10"
- Dead Rhetoric
"The slow pull into its maelstrom of kick drum and guitar is the kind of beautiful trudge you'd expect from doom metal, but there's an explosive energy here too, a fusion of the dulcet and gloomy that continues to set Lysithea a notch above, and it threads the album beginning to end...Realms is every drop the sumptuous, worthwhile recording any gloom-eared metalhead could beg the Elder Gods for."
- Albums to Stick in Your Ears
released April 17, 2015
tracks 2, 3, 5 written by Mike Lamb;
recorded at R'lyeh Studio, Dunedin
tracks 1, 4, 6 written by Mike Wilson;
recorded at The Beardroom, Wellington
vocals & lyrics by Mike Wilson
clean vocals on 'The Lighthouse' by Chloe Bray
Mike W.'s vocals recorded at The Dungeon, Dunedin
Chloe's vocals recorded at R'lyeh Studio, Dunedin
produced by Mike Lamb & Mike Wilson at R'lyeh Studio, Dunedin
cover art: 'Parliament of Dream' by Christophe Sivet, 1996
; oil on canvas, 73x60cm)
with digital enhancements by Jak West (www.jaxgraphix.co.nz
© R'lyeh Productions