Tuesday 11 February 2020

Lysaar - S/T (Album Review)

Release date: January 17th 2020. Label: Self Released. Format: DD

Lysaar - S/T - Tracklisting

1.Ildskrift I 06:57
2.Ildskrift II 08:32
3.Henfald 05:53
4.Udfrielse 11:18


Guitar: Theis Wilmer Poulsen (ORM, By The Patient)
Guitar: Jonas Budtz Møller (Tyran, Black Book Lodge)
Bass: Torben Wæver Pedersen (Pet The Preacher)
Drums: Christian Von Larsen (Pet The Preacher)


Lysaar is the new band from Heavy Stoner Rockers – Pet The Preacher – who sadly called it day recently. This is a very different beast to Pet The Preacher with Lysaar playing an Instrumental style of Doom, Sludge and Stoner Metal. The album does have a more varied style of Post-Metal interludes with an ambient Post-Doom feel allowing Lysaar to have a more cinematic sound. And I think that’s also down to the other members of the band who are part of great acts such as Black Book Lodge, ORM and By The Patient.

The album opens with the two-part bombastic melodies of Iidskrift I and Iidskrift II which sees Lysaar play an aggressive style of music mixed with Psychedelic grooves that brings extra weight to the overall feel, flow and sound of the entire album. The songs both carry a similar narrative to each other with a deep Psychedelic vibe that allows the band to a play a more realistic style of Doom, Sludge and Stoner Metal.

The other two songs – Henfald and Udfrielse – allows Lysaar once again to develop their Psychedelic/Post-Metal sounds even further on the eleven minute plus epic – Udfrielse which ranks easily as the best song on the album. Lysaar have a deep feel for all things Psychedelic and Post-Rock especially on Henfald which acts as a soothing Ambient/Post-Rock for the first half of the song before the band start playing a more explosive mix of Post-Doom and Stoner based grooves that feel quite remorseful in places.

The instrumental work is excellent with the band proving what great musicians they are. The album is helped along and bolstered by top-notch production.

If you’re a fan of Pelican and Russian Circles but with a more Sludge/Stoner Metal driven sound, then Lysaar deserve your full attention. This is a brilliantly entertaining album and should be in your record collection now…

Words by Steve Howe