Opening with the up-tempo groove of Abracadabra, Lucifer come out of the rusty gates of Hell with a belter! Sounding like a cross between Danzig and Black Sabbath, with a drop of Ghost, Lucifer display a knack of writing catchy tritone laden riffs that take the listener on a journey of tempo changes and soaring mournful vocals courtesy of Johanna Sadonis.
Keeping the pace steady with Purple Pyramid, it’s apparent that Sadonis can manipulate the song with her unique darkness and atmospheric vocal range. Formally of The Oath, her ability to really shine has well and truly arrived and with Gary Jennings (ex-Cathedral / Death Penalty) on board as co-song writer and studio guitarist, this is a recipe for something very special indeed.
Production wise, Lucifer 1 sounds as deep and equally heavy as a Type O Negative or Deep Purple, but draped in black velvet and served with delicate, subtle arrangements which are evident throughout the album. The glorious doom-drenched Sabbath, will have fans of 70’s occult bands such as Coven excited, as Sadonis has a familiar presence on this album that is similar to Jinx Dawson.
Although tracks such as White Mountain and Morning Star begin with slow and beautifully sluggish tempos, Lucifer manage to find a captivating groove that draws the listener into a wormhole of 70’s psychedelic glorious riffage.
Rounding up this fabulous debut is A Grave For Each One Of Us which displays the unpredictability of Lucifer. Galloping riffs and a catchy-as-fuck melody leaves you reaching for the repeat button again without hesitation. This debut displays a fantastic collection of dark and sultry compositions, which should awaken and stir the inner demon in us all.
Expect great things from Lucifer, especially when they hit the road with this album under their belts.
Lucifer 1 will be released on May 25th via Rise Above Records.
2. PURPLE PYRAMID
5. WHITE MOUNTAIN
6. MORNING STAR
7. TOTAL ECLIPSE
8. A GRAVE FOR EACH ONE OF US
Words – Oran O’Beirne
Photography – Official promo stock