|Review: GumoManiacs - Priest of Lucifer|
|Priest of Lucifer|
Year released: 2008
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: October 14, 2009
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
for:Priest of Lucifer
Rated 4/5 (80%) (13 Votes)
Gumo Maniacs is a solo project from the guitarist of Black/Thrash band Thargos, Daniel "Gumo" Reiß. Priest of Lucifer is their debut album and it has that undeniable charm and quality Thrash that came from Germany during the 80's. The band has captured the essence of German Thrash with fast and crushing riffs that characterized that period. While there are a few exceptions, most of the time the songs on here are fast, aggressive and with tons of energy.
The album starts with "My Satanic Rite" and it sums up of all the things that the disc has to offer. Other cool cuts include: "Kill Again Tonight", "Invert the Cross", "Ashes to Ashes" and the title track. As you can see from the song titles, they cover many metal topics like Satanism and horror tales. The musicianship is good enough, and that is fine by me since that is not the focus of the band. However regarding that aspect there are a few points worthy to highlight: the quality of the guitars (especially the solos), the bass is audible and is an integral part of their sound and the drumming is frantic (perfect for this kind of metal).
Priest of Lucifer could have been a perfect album but there are a couple of minor faults that bring the rating down. First: while they wear their influences proudly, this isn't very original stuff; you have hear this kind of stuff before. Second, Daniel Reiß's voice is standard – not terrible by any means but it could benefit from some improvements. And lastly most of the songs here are full on go for the throat Thrash assault, but when the band does longer songs like "Logarithm" and "Strike of Death", things aren't as good.
The record also contains a couple of bonus tracks, which I can truly say complement the album very well. There isn't much of a difference between them, and if the band didn't tell you they were an addition, you would not have known. The quality of those songs is quite good, especially on "Insurrection", they show they can deliver the goods live. In the end, there is a lot of headbanging material on this album and any fan of Thrash Metal will like this. I just hope that their follow up comes soon.
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