1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2012
There is nothing like listening to good music, sacrificing goats, and pouring hot wax all over your body while in a drunken stupor. If you don't take your Satan worshiping too serious, but want some album to scare the heck out of your Christian acquaintances (I already know you don't have friends), then you might want to invest a fiver for this music, although I would be tempted to spend the extra few "In God We Trusts" on the vinyl just for the artwork the fits neatly into a 13 X 13 frame which my local W-Mart used to carry and I am pathetically using for my Madonna picture discs.
For those few of you who can tell the difference between the ditties, "Antichrist Vanguard" and "Shining One" where my favorites, especially the rift that occurs in "Shining One at about 1:40 into the tune...too bad they didn't carry it through the song.
Trivia: Lucifer, is literally the morning star, i.e Venus. He was a Roman god. In the Bible, the phrase "light bringer" which was a title for Ishtar (also Venus) is anachronistically translated as Lucifer.
The music is heavy on Lucifer, but light on the lightning.
on December 28, 2012
Angelcorpse's fourth full-length effort from the studio, and their first in over eight years, is equal parts death metal and black metal. "Of Lucifer And Lightning" sounds like a mix of Deicide, Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, and Origin, while at the same time fusing in some Vital Remains, Marduk, Dissection, and 1349 influences. Needless to say, the album is overflowing with disturbingly brutal shrieks, bludgeoning guitar leads, blistering solos, jackhammer-fast rhythms, and pummeling drums (world-renowned extreme metal skinsman John Longstreth, who was vacationing from the aforementioned Origin at the time of this 2007 recording, truly sounds like he is in top-notch form, here.) Also, it should be noted that "Of Lucifer..." is the band's first effort since their debut, 1996's "Hammer Of The Gods," to feature the original Angelcorpse lineup. As a result, they bristle with a renewed sense of musical friction and inspiration.
The album begins with "Credo Decimatus," a booming and bludgeoning set opener with skin-crawling spoken word vocals. Following this comes "Antichrist Vanguard," which has thunderous, Dark Funeral/Mayhem-inspired wall-of-sound guitars, furious, machine gun blast beats, and an unorthodox and shredding guitar solo. Track three, "Machinery Of The Cleansing," again takes on a Dark Funeral/old-school Mayhem-sounding approach, as it spills over with blankets of scalding guitar leads and crushing blasts. And it, too, is noteworthy for featuring another careening solo. And "Hexensabbat" is another moving, earth-quaking number with three strangulated guitar solos -- which range from careening and strangulated to slower, more involved and technical -- and plenty of huge, fat, chugging riffs. (And, naturally, it also boasts blazing guitar leads and stop `n' go drum blasts.)
Next comes the two tracks that are likely the album's biggest standouts. "Extermination Sworn" is backed by thundering, bone-crunching riffage, blistering, motoring double-time thrashing, and what is probably the album's longest and most blistering guitar solo. And "Saints Of Blasphemy" is the album's epic, clocking in at well-over six minutes long, and featuring some of the record's most memorable riffage. It is also highlighted by an epic, fiery, shredding -- yet kind of melodic -- guitar solo section, and also tucks in two more wild, unorthodox, whammy-bar-aided solos near the end. But that is not to say that the succeeding "Thrall" is not without its charm, however, as it is an, uh, enthralling ride with more careening, Slayer-inspired soloing. The old-school Deicide-esque "Shining One (Rex Luciferi)" is another devastating affair, chockablock full of rampaging riffs and monstrous drumming. Finally, things wrap up with "Lustmord," which finds Angelcorpse returning to its more pure black metal roots, as it is driven by vrooming, viscerally-rumbling, wall-of-sound guitar leads, hammering skins, and memorable vocal patterns in the choruses.
"Of Lucifer And Lightning" knocks down very few new musical walls; but even if it is fairly predictable, you wouldn't have it any other way. It is a safe yet very satisfying and certainly entertaining record, and one that you are not likely to forget anytime soon. Therefore, there should be no reservations about saying that it is a heartedly-recommended listen for most black/death metal consumers. Make no mistake, the band is back, and now sound as murderously dangerous, angry, poisonous/venomous, blasphemous, and inspired as ever. So consider yourself warned!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2007
I stumbled upon this band by accident, and I am glad I did! Angel Corpse's "Of Lucifer & Lightning" is a masterful, albeit expected, piece of Blackened Death that any fan of either genre should enjoy.
The vocals are the gurgly, Black Metal type throughout the album. They fit in perfectly with the music. Powerful, consistent, and blasphemous sum them up fairly well. Even if you are not a fan of Black Metal's vocal style (I myself am a Death-Head, so I tend to enjoy the bass-laden roar of that genre more) you will certainly appreciate how perfectly this vocal style fits in with the music. This album wouldn't be the same without them.
The music itself is wonderful. This album is everything that is to be expected by a Death/Black Metal fan. Fast, brutal, heavy, evil, foreboding. Each of these are embodied fully throughout the CD. From the first note of the opener "Credo Decimatus" through the last second of "Lustmord" Angel Corpse RAGE through their tracks. That isn't to say songs are repetitive or predictable, each one has its own time signatures, riffs, and personality. The drumming is very fast throughout with very few breaks but constantly shifts its focus from blasts to gallops to triplets, etc, making for a rock-solid foundation on which the rest of the music is placed. The guitar work is awesome, with fast, technical riffs, blistering solos (which remind me of Morbid Angel's earlier works) that are short, but so technical that they feel quite long. Bass is barely audible but is still "felt" due to the Black Metal tuning (low-fi and raw sounding, but with color and depth. A great achievement).
All-in-all, this is a magnificent album. If you fancy yourself a fan of extreme Metal, pick this up. The faint-hearted need not apply.