Wykan are a band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada that plays a mixture of black metal, doom, stoner. psychedelic and blues rock and this is a review of their self released 2018 ep "Solace" which will be released in April.
Shamanistic and tribal style chanting starts off the ep before going into a heavier blues rock direction which also mixes in the heaviness of stoner and doom metal while the vocals are done in a clean 70's rock/proto metal style along with the solos and leads also bringing in more of a retro style.
Black metal screams and death metal growls can also be heard at times while the riffs also bring in a decent amount of melody along with all of the tracks being very long and epic in length as well as acoustic guitars and psychedelic elements also being used on a couple of songs and when the music finally speeds up a small amount of blast beats are utilized and on a couple of tracks spoken word parts can also be heard briefly.
Wykan plays a musical sound that takes black metal, doom stoner, psychedelic and blues rock and mixes them together to create something very original, the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover Ethnobotany, and the Amanita Muscaria mushroom rituals that are performed among the Saami shamans of North Europe.
In my opinion Wykan are a very great sounding mixture of black, stoner, doom metal, psychedelic and blues rock and if you are looking for something original, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Wykan (The Shamanic Trance)". 8 out of 10.