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Review: Govor - Lucifer

Label: Independent
Year released: 2013
Duration: 37:16
Tracks: 7
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: September 19, 2013
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 5/5 (100%) (5 Votes)

I know little about this band. This is (I think) a one-man act from Croatia whose name means "speech", and is the first promo I have ever received which includes a 30-page essay about the philosophy of Luciferian myth. I'm always a bit leery of unknown demos, because so very many of them suck, but this one is really quite good.

The sound on this is impressive for what must have been a low budget recording. The synth intro and occasional interludes have a lot of scope and clarity to them, and the guitar sound is a hissing, spitting slash of hatred. There are some really impressive riffs on here - just first-rate shit. I'd quote song titles at you but it's all in Croatian, so I have no idea what any of it means, except it's obviously about Satan in some fashion. The sound has a lot of space, and gives this a real epic sound in places. The other instruments are minimal, and the drums are sometimes bad, but the awesome guitar tone crunching out killer riffs covers up a lot of flaws.

The essay is problematic. His sources are solid and not some crank bullshit, but he applies quotes rather loosely and his conclusions are weak. The thesis of the paper seems to be connecting Lucifer as a fire god and illuminator with blood sacrifice and then, somehow, we're talking about art and Black Metal. There's no thesis statement, the conclusions are unclear, and he veers off-topic a lot. If I were back grading papers I'd give this a D.

Overall, a killer album of second-wave-styled BM no matter what it's about. The whole thing can be downloaded from the website, so I'd urge any fans to go check it out.

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