|Review: Lucifugum - On Hooks To Pieces!|
|On Hooks To Pieces!|
Label: Adipocere Records
Year released: 2003
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: July 10, 2003
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:On Hooks To Pieces!
When I last reviewed a Lucifugum album, they were described as "The most primitive, ugly black metal from the Ukraine." Now they're being described as "symphonic black metal"... But the sound hasn't changed that much from the previous release, and I'd say it is stuck in the middle of the two genres rather than being either one - although at times the keyboards become so prominent that things do indeed tend toward the symphonic. Speaking of keyboards, the bands would be better off not using them: They don't sound that good to begin with, kind of an attempt to emulate some Dimmu Borgir (while in the previous release they were definitely more Cradle of Filth-esque.) I made the same comment when I reviewed the previous album: Drop the useless keyboards. The other instruments do their best to save the day with some somewhat raw BM, and the production helps things a bit.
The vocals are your typical BM screeches, here kind of a cross between say, Dimmu and Darkthrone - quite acceptable for those who can stomach BM vocals in the first place. Don't try to make out any words though: The lyrics are in Ukrainian (or is that Russian...), and are printed in the booklet in that language as well. I'll just assume the lyrical content is anti-Christian.
When you phase out the keyboards, there are some good guitar riffs in there, sometimes reminding me of early Darkthrone, sometimes simply a bit anonymous and not too memorable (it's not like Black Metal is usually memorable to begin with... - "hooks" are not the goal of this music.) The production could have been better but I'm afraid that would only have resulted in the keyboards taking even more room - so let's just leave it at that. :) Lucifugum might please those who find raw brutal BM too... brutal, and symphonic BM à la Dimmu too "gay" - the band attempts to make the best of the two and does a decent job. Nothing to get too excited about, but nothing to trash either - average stuff.
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