Straight out of Berlin comes doom metal/occult rock group Lucifer with their debut release Lucifer I, as if they know more is to come. The simply-named band came from the ashes of the more traditional metal-oriented The Oath. Due to recent line-up changes, the outfit now boasts former Cathedral founder and guitarist Gaz Jennings. How does the music turn out from this group that takes their name from the dark one himself?
Lucifer’s debut single, “Anubis” intrigued me. It was not particularly doomy, but had a relaxingly evil tone. This LP does not contain that song and departs from that sound to some degree. The record kicks it off with “Abracadbra,” beginning with a riff that Uncle Acid would get his nephew to write. Right away, vocalist Johanna Sadonis’ voice rings like an ‘80s pop singer. This is not necessarily bad, though is odd. Her style works well for the music though. Vocal wails and catchy melodies populate the opening track.
“Purple Pyramid” follows, and the record loses steam. The song writing does not sound evil enough. With the band’s name as well as “Anubis,” I was expecting something a little more devious. It sounds similar to those few Witchfinder General songs that get skipped. “Izrael” improves from the previous filler and features some beautiful vocal lines from Johanna.
“Sabbath” plays fourth and is by far their best track. It begins with church bells and segues into a sinister doom riff. The refrain is some of their best song writing and is epic as hell. It is repeated constantly, but I have no issue with that since the music is strong. However, the subsequent track, “White Mountain” falls into filler territory unfortunately.
“Morning Star” is next and was the b-side to “Anubis.” Morning Star is the literal translation of Lucifer and this one is not too bad, with some pleasant melodies that the unholy archangel himself would like. “Total Eclipse” and “A Grave for Each One of Us” close out the album with a lackluster finish.
Most of the songwriting does not pull me in. It is simply not evil enough, especially after listening to the recently unleashed Luciferian Light Orchestra. If all the songs were on the same level as “Anubis” or “Sabbath,” the record could stand well, but it does not reach those heights often. Though the band has potential, this record is regrettably a fallen angel. Hopefully, the inevitable Lucifer II can redeem them.
2. Purple Pyramid
5. White Mountain
6. Morning Star
7. Total Eclipse
8. A Grave for Each One of Us
Johanna Sadonis – Vocals
Gaz Jennings – Guitar
Dino Gollnick – Bass
Andrew Prestridge – Drums