WYKAN – ‘Solace’   16 comments

From Montréal, 3 piece WYKAN were formed in 2017, by Eohum guitarist/singer, Jeremy Perkins. Combining stoner, psychedelic rock and blues, with a hint of black metal, WYKAN produce a riff heavy sound, exploring the limitless avenues within that arena.

Featuring special guests Matt McGachy (Cryptopsy) and Barrie Butler (Eohum), the debut EP ‘Solace’ is based around Ethnobotany, magic and tribal interpretations of ceremonial rituals. These originate from the Saami (Northern European tribes) of Scandinavia and their Shamanic practice of using Amanita Muscaria Mushrooms. The main aim of ‘Solace’ is to bring forward the stark contrasts between our world and that of the spirit world.

Jeremy Perkins states that WYKAN, for him, marked a return to blues, doom and emotive music, following 3 years with black metal band Eohum. Morgan Zwicker (drums) and Daniel Paras (bass) both bring specific jazz and blues skills and experience to the project.

Self released on 13th April 2018, ‘Solace’ features the debut single, ‘Lahppon Olmmos’ (Noaide’s Ride To Salvo), which associated video can be accessed via YouTube.

Lahppon Olmmos – Very Native American intro, depicting a traditional cultural ritual, easing from there, into a heavy bluesy guitar break. Real vocal grit and pounding bass add layers of effect, as do the variations. Throwing in some blackened death growls and pace alternations, before resuming the blues angle, it’s a great blend of techniques, with many cultural roots. The drums are, for the most part, tribal, as you’d expect for such an eclectic track. Gradual fade-out, leaving the blues imprint behind.

The Gathering – Strong steel stringed riff intro, with a much gentler tone and flow. Somehow, it now moves into another black metal vocal, whilst keeping that quiescent accompaniment going and convincingly so. It does grow heavier, in places, but the overall rhythm’s still laid-back, in comparison. That’s quite some skill to master. Some notable fiddly paradiddles make their way in there aswell. The mood drops down, almost imperceptibly, for the briefest moment, before returning to a higher vibe, but then drops back down again, at the end. Experimental and highly, uniquely intriguing.

WYKAN – Rain intro, with sounds of the wild adding realism. A brief, but profound spoken section, before moving into a deep and melancholic instrumental. This is thought-provoking stuff. Growing in power and volume, rolling towards you, gathering strength, like a wrecking ball, it suddenly changes direction, into harder, death soaked territory, but simultaneously, keeping that intermittent contemplative thread going. Eventually, the blackened sound takes over, as it reaches the end. A true genre hopping work of edgy variations.

Overall – Impressively eclectic, undefined by any one genre, with a healthy disregard for boundaries, ‘Solace’ could easily be called a cutting-edge production, traversing many genres and perceived barriers, within metal. Less of an EP to enjoy and kick back with and more one to concentrate your thoughts on, perhaps, but otherwise, it’s intelligently thought provocative, with touches of genius.

9/10 *********

For fans of Cherokii, Carcass, Satarial, Lynyrd Skynyrd, grunge rock, southern blues rock and everything in between.

https://www.facebook.com/WYKANBAND/

https://wykan.bandcamp.com/

https://youtu.be/w9kA4p7zY7Y (video for ‘Lahppon Olmmos’).

Posted April 8, 2018 by jennytate in Uncategorized

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