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Of Lucifer & Lightning - Angelcorpse

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Angelcorpse / Import / Audio CD released at The End

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      21.01.2008 11:29
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      Angelcorpse's fifth album (2007).

      This most recent offering from Angelcorpse is a flawless execution of traditional death metal with an epic slant, but is a bit lacking in diversity or any really interesting ideas. The most prominent aspect is Pete Helmkamp's vocals, which are always completely legible through his fierce growl and tell delightful tales of hell, slaughter and stuff in a manner that really comes through in the music, unlike a lot of death metal which you have to form a general impression of through the depraved, blasphemous antics of the album cover. And you can't get a much finer death metal album cover than the devil popping up in heaven and chomping penitent angels like they were chocolate Easter rabbits.

      The music holds no surprises for death metal fans, mostly being in a fast register but slowing a little for passages in the more conceptual 'Extermination Sworn' and 'Saints of Blasphemy' where the narrative is given pride of place. The production is rich and mean, meaning the demonic riffs are powerful and audible against the hammering drums and squealing, typically mindless solos, and at only thirty-two minutes in length this isn't too demanding a listen. Really, it's a little unreasonably short, and could have had another two similar-sounding songs squeezed in without affecting the quality.

      Lyrically and thematically, 'Of Lucifer and Lightning' is highly competent grandiose death metal, perhaps even a little on the up-its-own-sphincter side of things, but the instrumentation is disappointingly run-of-the-mill. While this fortunately saves the world from enduring yet another technical/brutal death metal band with restless structures purely for the sake of it, there isn't much here that's going to inspire death metal fans apart from maybe the cover. The good news is, those Latin titles don't signify a Rhapsody-style choir intros that perhaps would have been present if Helmkamp had his way.

      1. Credo Decimatus
      2. Antichrist Vanguard
      3. Machinery of the Cleansing
      4. Hexensabbat
      5. Extermination Sworn
      6. Saints of Blasphemy
      7. Thrall
      8. Shining One (Rex Luciferi)

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Credo Decimatus
    2 Antichrist Vanguard
    3 Machinery of the Cleansing
    4 Hexensabbat
    5 Extermination Sworn
    6 Saints of Blasphemy
    7 Thrall
    8 Shining One (Rex Luciferi)
    9 Lustmord