|January 21st, 2014 via Dark Descent Records|
LVCIFYRE begins the album with the longest track, "Night Seas Sorcery", where it all starts at a crawl, and slowly moves into a dissonant, bleak display of black metal, accentuated by atmosphere. The band seeks to slowly immerse the listener in hell fire instead of throwing them in all at once, an approach you don't see too often within these sub-genres. The track gives you a feeling that the group is seeking to conjure up some being from another plane or realm, an element I have found to be missing from a lot of black metal thrown in my direction recently.
"Calicem Obscurum" changes things up by implementing more of the assaulting black metal aspect, with frenzied drumming and the ever familiar black metal riff, but with more of a darkened, cosmic tone. The band manages to keep a blanket of this sort of atmosphere over the course of the entire album, giving it a consistent feel. The vocals dig deeper than your regular style, another indication of the band "summoning" a power from the other side.
The title track is one of my favorites, with the drumming stepping in at the right moment, eviscerating your ears with skill. This is one of my favorite characteristics of black metal, when it is done right of course. I am impressed with how he manages to transition between the two concepts of the album.
SVN EATER has its monumental moments and you'll find new ones with every listen. Even with these moments, some listeners may be turned off by the album immediately, given the fact that you have to listen to this record several times to really get what the band is going for. Even for myself, I had to listen to this half a dozen times to really see how it all worked together and I know I'll be listening to it more after writing this, peeling back layers I haven't even touched upon yet. If this sounds like your kind of music, go on ahead and give it a listen. You shouldn't be disappointed in the slightest.
Rating - 8.9/10
1. Night Seas Sorcery
2. Calicem Obscurum
3. Liber Lilith
4. Sun Eater
5. In Fornication Waters
7. The Fiery Spheres of the Seven
8. Fyre Made Flesh
9. The Sinister Calling
T. Kaos - Guitars and Vocals
Menthor - Drums
Cvltvs - Bass
Dictator - Guitars