Lycus is a doom metal band originally formed in the fall of 2008 near Sacramento, CA. The next year saw very few live performances, the self-release of a two song demo, and a multitude of line-up changes. They disbanded in late 2009 after encountering difficulty maintaining a solid line-up.

After relocating to the San Francisco bay area, the founding members resurrected the band along with a new bassist and guitarist to record and release Demo MMXI in May 2011. This demo was released through Graceless Recordings on a limited run of 200 cassettes.

In January 2012, the demo was remastered and released on vinyl through Flenser Records. Lycus entered Earhammer Studios in November 2012 to record their full length debut, Tempest which will see a Summer 2013 release on 20 Buck Spin.