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Review: Lux Occulta - The Mother and the Enemy
Lux Occulta
The Mother and the Enemy

Label: Maquiavel Records
Year released: 2001
Duration: 53:51
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: March 25, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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Rated 3.63/5 (72.5%) (8 Votes)

Avant-garde, vast, untamed territory barely explored by mankind... This album really caught me and blew me away instantly, and the more I listen to it the more I like it and the more I want to listen to it. Talk about addictive! I often found many a treasure in smaller labels and this is definitely the case here. Big labels also have some interesting stuff but...

The Mother and The Enemy is a ten facets schizophrenic jewel, sparkling with its brilliant colors and subtle hues in all directions. Crafty Polish musicians blending together a tasty mixture made of these delicious ingredients: black, progressive, avant-garde, jazz and Satan (hell) - a winning combination! Their spokesman is a dark black individual who is sometimes discrete and other times very psychedelic or demoniac. In three occasions, a blessing female jazzy/atmospheric apparition will seduce you with her warm vocal rendition. They sit on position 5, 7 and 10: "Yet Another Armageddon", Midnight Crisis" and "Breathe Out". I think I should point out a certain psychedelic aura floating around the opus just like on these two outstanding tracks: "Architecture" and "Pied Piper". The twists and turns proposed here are simply astonishing with the twirls created by the ever changing, shifting musical direction but when this madness stops to become some kind of mall jazz music with saxophone or a totally out of whack noisy ensemble with disturbed choirs, you can only drop on your knees saying: "We're not worthy!"

Lux Occulta was a young band creating very innovative music. Too bad this act doesn't exist anymore...

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