‘Bacchus Curse’ is one of our favourite release here at TSM. This CD is hugely enjoyableand features twelve new tracks. The band are from Portland and play dark symphonic/progressive neo-classical music not that far away from Epica, Dream Theater and AfterForever.
This album has all the fundamentals I like about this style of music and it’s an album that strikes that chord with me for its rich diversity, fun energy and passion, it’s one of those album that lulls you in from the first play, an album of epic creations that you will just get lost in.
A lot of care and attention has gone into the creation of the album, especially with the crisp slick production and eye-catching artwork. ‘Bacchus Curse’ has all the hallmarks that fans of
this style of music will fully enjoy.
Charlotte Von Camp has an amazingly diverse vocal range and guitarist Dustin Behm is up there with the best of them, his energy purrs along next to Jon Lumus and his excellent violin work. Drummer Jon Spencer and bassist Sean McLaughlin hold the dynamics together, the whole band gel and when you listen to the album there is a huge sense of chemistry between all band members, live I would imagine Lumus smoke!!! They are a band passionate about their craft.
There is so much to enjoy from this album, from the awesome ‘Scales Of Justice’, through to the four part ‘Bacchus’ Curse’ we are treated to an album that is powerful, romantic and full of exciting thrilling music, I’m really excited about this band, they perform the songs with that ever so rare fire that blazes out of all members musical charms, musically it’s all here, there is something for everyone to enjoy, ‘Bacchus Curse’ is one of those albums I can play forever.Nicky@tsm
Lumus is a Dark Symphonic Metal band from Portland, OR. Their music is heavy, dramatic, and melodically rich, while also paying great attention to storytelling.
While the core of their music is a classical- metal pairing, they also draw frequently from progressive and world music to create their song and story. Their debut album Bacchus Curse shows aseamless blend of orchestral strings, with rich beautiful harmony underscored by heavy aggressive riffing and infectious offbeat rhythms.Classic tales both fantastic and literary are told with top notch musicality and great dramatic flair.
Jon Lumus founded the band in late 2009 out of need to create darker, heavier music that still challenged his classical training and background. He put the wordout on the internet and met drummer Joe Spencer, guitarist Dustin Behm, and bassist Sean McLaughlin in quick succession. Jazz vocalist Charlotte Camp completed the band in early 2011.
Album Title: Bacchus’ Curse
Street Date: 6/11/2012
Genre: Symphonic Metal
Reviews and Awards
Ravenheart Music 9.5/10: “Lumus put a unique and dramatic spin on symphonic metal with their use of violins, and have produced an awesome ambitious album that will take on the might of European bands.” -Phil Wooldridge
“(Lumus is) Along with Midnight Cry the best symphonic metal band in the USA.”
— Phil Wooldridge, Facebook
3rd place: DRD Records Sonic Smackdown 2012
Director’s Award: Nashville International Song & Lyric Writing Competition 2010 for their first single ‘The Burning Plain’
Lead Vocals: Charlotte Von Camp
Violin: Jon Lumus
Guitar: Dustin Behm
Bass: Sean McLaughlin
Drums: Joe Spencer
2- The Burning Plain
3- Scales of Justice
4- The Cave
5- Lost Child
6- No Trace to Remain
8- Bacchus’ Curse: Curse
9- Bacchus’ Curse: Possession
10- Bacchus’ Curse: Maenad
11- Bacchus’ Curse: Furies