|Review: Luciferion - The Apostate|
Label: Listenable Records
Year released: 2003
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: March 27, 2008
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
This defunct band has attained some extra notoriety due to the membership of Lost Horizon guitarist Wojtek Lisicki, and this, their second album, has gained a much wider audience than it might have otherwise. Unlike the technical Prog/Power of LH, Luciferion are technical Death Metal, which despite the name is not occult-oriented.
Broadly similar to other technical Death bands like Vital Remains or even Morbid Angel, Luciferion show off Wojtech's taste for demanding, complex songwriting filled with intricate guitar work and progressive rhythms. The guitar sound is a bit dry, the better to allow enough clarity to hear the musicianship, but with brutal riffs and precise drumming, this album does not lack for heaviness. Vocals are harsh and raspy, and they get the job done. The band does break up the momentum of the long (sometimes very long) songs with some narration and other bullshit, but it's not ubiquitous. Overall this is a vicious, complex Death Metal attack that only loses a little visceral impact for the sake of intellectual structure. A highly enjoyable, if not genre-defining album.
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