|Review: Ludichrist - Immaculate Deception|
Label: Century Media Records
Year released: 1998
Originally released in: 1986
Review online: April 6, 2021
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4/5 (80%) (2 Votes)
I recently read a couple of interviews, a very old and a very recent one, that mentioned this band. I remember seeing ads for this back in the day and thinking this must have been some satanic thing (that was back when I was still in public school in Quebec, which back then also meant Catholic school). I can't help but laugh thinking back to those days, as my younger self would freak out seeing the content of my collection 35 years later. Anyway, fast forward a few years and I finally got the album, which at the time really failed to impress me. I probably listened to it once and put it away.
So, dusting it off, I've been having some fun listening to it this time around. Contrary to what I thought in the '80s, that's not satanic (though anti-religion) at all but rather mostly filled with socially and politically charged lyrics. Tons of crossover and thrash bands were doing this and many still are. Ludichrist deliver the content in a rather goofy way, which sets them apart from the majority of the crowd. The vocals alone are kind of mocking and funny in tone. The style is clean, though on some songs such as "Murder Bloody Murder" I can't make out the words. There are 19 tracks packed in just over 32 minutes here and most are under two minutes and only four go above that mark. That would usually make me expect a bunch of very fast songs (grindcore got us used to short and fast), but while there are a few kind of crazy fast ones, a lot of these are "regularly paced", sounding even rock-ish or even bluesy at times. I think that's what I like the most about this album: there is a lot of variety. Some songs are borderline pop territory (at least in terms of melodies), some are heavier and more metallic and some have kind of a caricatural vibe. It's not something I'd listen to all day or even on a semi-regular basis, but for the occasional "fuck it all" mood, Immaculate Deception certainly fits the bill.
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