ARTIST:

LUCIFER

(GERMANY)
TITLE:

LUCIFER IV

(2021)
LABEL:

CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

GENRE:

HEAVY METAL

TAGS:
Female vocals
"In spite of a flawless mastery at the service of good songs and a discreet will to darken the subject, "Lucifer IV" does not surprise even if Lucifer keeps his seductive and indomitable force."
CHILDERIC THOR (10.01.2022)  
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The pandemic having grounded it like all the other bands, Lucifer didn't have much else to do since the birth of its third offspring than to elaborate a fourth one very quickly. This rapidity is not to the displeasure of the musicians who dedicate - rightly - a cult to the 70's. The fact that they continue to use the simple numbering as an album title also proceeds from this reference to the seventies.

This fourth effort of the German-English-Swedish quintet is therefore called "Lucifer IV". No surprise. But there is not only its name which does not surprise in this disc which, it is unfortunately necessary to admit it, does not bring anything new for who succumbed to the charms of its predecessors. Did the group confuse speed and haste? Or, more worrying, did they squeeze all the juice out of their inspiration? In any case, the discovery of this new opus is accompanied by a nagging air of deja-vu.

This is all the more regrettable that the recent single "Gone With The Wind Is My Love", which saw Johanna Sadonis singing with Elin Larsson of Blues Pills, augured a more frank and enjoyable success than this "IV" with its proven recipe. This judgment may seem terse if not severe, but Lucifer's first steps were such gems cut in an occult and Victorian heavy doom that we expected a lot (too much) from this fourth album and from a band embodied by one of the most charismatic frontwomen, flanked by the very respected Nicke Andersson, historical member of Entombed and ex The Hellacopters (is it still useful to remind it?).

This being the case, devoid of any surprise and of any real great moment, this 2021 vintage is nevertheless listened to with an intact pleasure. The band, enriched since 2018 by the guitarists Martin Nordin (Dead Lord) and Linus Björklund, being what it is, we could not take it in flagrante delicto of mediocrity. So it's still well done. The first half of the listening marries the effective features of 'Archangel Of Death', 'Crucifix (I Burn For You') and 'Bring Me His Head' or the more creeping 'Wild Hearses' (the best of the lot) and 'Mausoleum' that are covered with gloomy keyboards.

On the other hand, the second part struggles to get stuck in the memory. Probably because it has a darker face, less immediate ('Cold As A Tombstone'), even if 'Orion' shines with a glow as bewitching as dark. This increased darkness, which has never been totally absent from his universe, is claimed by Lucifer but slows down a little the impact of this record however always haunted by the lascivious charm of his vestal who maintains this alloy of troubled seduction and deaf impetuosity.

In spite of a flawless mastery at the service of good songs and a discreet will to darken the subject, "Lucifer IV" stops the ascent of its progenitors whose heavy doom doesn't surprise any more, even if it keeps its seductive and indomitable force.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Archangel Of Death
02. Wild Hearses
03. Crucifix (I Burn For You)
04. Bring Me His Head
05. Mausoleum
06. The Funeral Pyre
07. Cold As A Tombstone
08. Louise
09. Nightmare
10. Orion
11. Phobos

LINEUP:
Harald Göthblad: Basse
Johanna Sadonis: Chant
Linus Björklund: Guitares
Martin Nordin: Guitares
Nicke Andersson: Batterie
   
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