Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Album Review: LUCIFER’S HAMMER The Mists Of Time MMXIV (Destro Records)

Record Label: Destro Records
Reviewed by: Dave Wolff

Lucifer’s Hammer is a Michigan-based band that existed for almost two decades, from 1986 to 2004. I’m uncertain what they are doing nowadays but you may have heard about them in their heyday. They released two full lengths before disbanding ten years ago. Destro Records officially reissued this album, originally released in 1997, this past March. As for the actual album, The Mists Of Time MMXIV combines elements of black and death metal with slow dirge-like passages that draw you in and sustain your interest in where they’ll be heading. What I appreciated about this recording was the feel provided by these songs, a mid-to-late 90s feel I associated with bands like Divine Silence and Evoken who were active in New York since we had the Wetlands and the Bank. I definitely felt transported back to this period while listening, due as much to the atmospheric keyboards and haunting Gregorian-like chanting as the progressions and tempo changes. New York bands had a real idea where they could take this style; in many ways this sounds like the next logical progression. The acoustic guitars and female vocals add to the mystique of this recording. Destro’s reissue of this album also contains demo tracks recorded by the band; information is at the label’s Bandcamp page.

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