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Review: Lucifugum - The Supreme Art of Genocide
The Supreme Art of Genocide

Label: Propaganda Records
Year released: 2005
Duration: 42:54
Tracks: 6
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: January 30, 2006
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
The Supreme Art of Genocide

Rated 3.43/5 (68.57%) (7 Votes)

After their fruity keyboard-laden experiment back in 2003, Ukraine's Lucifugum are back to a much rawer, minimalistic form of Black Metal. I won't speculate on why they're hopping around like this, but it sure makes their discography feel like a roller coaster ride. "On Hooks to Pieces!" and "The Supreme Art of Genocide" are at two extremes that usually don't share a lot in terms of fanbase. But anyway, back to this. While I'm quite an adept of this form of Black Metal, I couldn't help but find this release to be on the boring side. It all sounds the same and nothing really stands out. Definitely a "F" as far as variety goes. You've got your usual suspects here: Raspy BM screeches (much better than what they did on their 2003 output), simple guitar work and drums that are unfortunately penalised by the production (the only interesting drum parts are barely audible.) The lyrics are either in Russian or Ukrainian (can't say I'm an expert in the matter), only the title has been translated to English.

Not bad for the genre if you're looking for something raw and minimalistic whose monotony creates a kind of atmosphere of hopelessness (I'll leave it as an exercise to the reader to determine whether it's the band or life that is hopeless ;)), but this is not the kind of album that will keep you awake. There's far better but also far worse in this genre out there.

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