|Review: Luctus - Jauciant Pabaiga Arti|
|Jauciant Pabaiga Arti|
Label: Ledo Takas Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: July 12, 2009
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Jauciant Pabaiga Arti
Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (5 Votes)
The promo sheet for this album mentions that this will appeal to fans of early Dark Funeral, Carpathian Forest and Skyforger, among others. I can't say for Skyforger, but the mention of the other two is not far off the mark. On this album, Luctus mix the speedy, blastbeat, destructive style of Dark Funeral (and of course a few other Swedish bands catering to a similar style) with the raw, dirty, Black 'n' Roll-ish style of Carpathian Forest, all of this held together with a thrashy vibe. Listening to this album is like going through a sonic war zone; you have a barrage of Dark Funeral-esque speedfest with a more melodic (yet dark and often grim), slower style trying to get through. Add to this some horror/suspense-like moments such as on the first and last tracks, which are more sound effects/atmospheric in style but sounding pretty sick and dark. You do get a couple of very calm moments a couple of places on the album, but these are few and far between and, frankly, listening several times to this metallic onslaught I found I missed them most of the time - that's how short such passages are. The vocals, just like the music, mix a more BM-ish screech style with a raspier, more intelligible style often found in Black/Thrash. Of course, the lyrics being in Lithuanian, that didn't help me much - but it does help vary things a little. Pretty good stuff overall, and rich enough in variety that each listens unearths new stuff not heard on previous listens - so lots of replay value, assuming this is your kind of Black Metal to begin with.
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