|Review: Lucifugum (Spain) - Invade|
Label: War is Imminent Productions
Year released: 2000
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: November 27, 2003
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
First, a word of caution: This is NOT the Ukrainian Lucifugum that includes some Nokturnal Mortum members. This is a Spanish band with the same name, and many people mistake them for the better-known Ukrainian outfit. And while the Ukrainian band hasn't blown me away with the two albums I've heard, it sure beats the living crap out of this Spanish version.
This is not to say that "Invade" totally sucks (otherwise the rating would be 0 - duh! :)), but it's as close as it gets. There are a few cool riffs here and there, but this is not enough to save this album. The vocals suck most of the time (and some of the lyrics I could make out are ridiculous - did I mention there's no booklet, therefore no lyrics?) and the drum sound is annoying (not as annoying as on Krisiun's "Ageless Venomous", but close.) Hell, at times this sounds like Black Metal Backstreet Boys. The music shows an influence from early Marduk and Dark Funeral, but a bit more raw at times. Normally this would make me a happy camper, but Lucifugum totally blew it by trying too much to sound "evil and raw" and just end up sounding ridiculous. You can't find head and tails in this (in a bad way), the songs (if those can really be called songs) as a whole just plain suck and the aforementioned problems just make all this worst - this is bad. A few good seconds in a 5-minutes song don't cut it. I hear some potential, but these guys don't know how to exploit it.
With no band or label web sites, I have no idea whether the band still exists (do I actually care?) If they do, they should change their name to avoid the Ukrainian Lucifugum from getting more undeserved bad press. Avoid. Oh, almost forgot: The cover art is cool. Maybe they should sell posters instead of CDs.
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