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Lucifer – Desensitize to Oppression

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 8th September 2014 by izaforestspirit

Desensitize to Oppression
Released 21st May 2014
Thrash Metal/ Death Metal

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Desensitized to Oppression’ is the debut album from the Lithuanian thrash metal band Lucifer. The band formed back in 2006 and have also released two demos ‘Agony’ and ‘Feeding the Machine’.

First up is the ultra aggressive and brutal-sounding Killchain which highlights the band’s death metal influences – the growling vocal style and the blastbeat drumming. The guitars and the overall feel of the music is very much thrash metal. Whilst the drums are mostly just steamrolling their way through the song, the guitars add more depth to it thanks to the melodic riffs and changes in the pace. This pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the album.

The death metal elements remind me of early Entombed, only these guys are much faster and the thrash metal guitars add an extra boost of energy to each track. Harmony and Connection Failure are good examples of how this combination works; the drums are blasting away at full speed whilst the guitar riffs and solos ensure that the songs retain that catchy element. One track that caught my attention is Feeding the Machine mostly due to ultra fast, almost punk-esque and at times incomprehensible vocals. It’s also the only song on here that has more of the thrash metal elements than death metal ones. In fact the only death metal aspect that I can detect in here are the drums.

Generally speaking I have very little reason to dislike this album. Lucifer’s signature hybrid of death and thrash metal is like a cross between Entombed, Helltrain, Grimfist with the guitar riffs of bands like Toxic Holocaust. The mixture is a good one but I have a feeling that it might be have been better had there been more variation between the songs. Most of them follow the same pattern of fast drumming, growls with some melodic guitar riffs half-way through the song. Once you have heard one song you have pretty much heard them all.


Iza Raittila

Toxic Holocaust announce deluxe vinyl reissues

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 12th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

To celebrate their ongoing global conquest with Exhumed and Skeletonwitch, Relapse Records will be reissuing three long out-of-print LPs from Portland, Oregan’s thrash merchants Toxic Holocaust. The band’s classic albums Evil Never Dies, Hell On Earth and An Overdose Of Death will be available on deluxe vinyl from next month (15th April). The deluxe vinyls can be ordered from this location and a trailer featuring detailed shots of the vinyl colours can be viewed down below.

The album that started it all, 2003’s Evil Never Dies, will be available on vinyl for the first time in six years. Hell on Earth, 2005’s long out-of-print thrash-punk crossover masterpiece, will be re-issued with the original artwork from Ed Repka (Megadeth, Death, Venom). Finally, 2008’s An Overdose of Death will be repressed with gatefold packaging and contains some of the finest metal this side of the 21st century. These three titles, alongside other Toxic Holocaust releases are available for streaming at this location.

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Lucifer – Feeding The Machine (demo)

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , on 10th February 2013 by izaforestspirit

Feeding The Machine (demo)
Released: 1st August 2011
Thrash Metal

‘Feeding The Machine’ is the second demo from the Lithuanian thrash metal band Lucifer.

The title track starts off with a slow guitar intro, which gives in to some thrash metal riffage and Toxic Holocaust -style vocals. This particular song is very guitar driven with the riffs and the solos being the main focus whilst the drums maintain a steady pace. Not that it’s a bad thing, in fact it’s pretty much what you would expect from a band of this genre.

Then we come to ‘Killchain’ which skips the slow intro, starting with a full blown assault of mid-paced guitar riffage. There’s also more guitar solos and the vocals are far more prominent on here than they were on the title track. Finally we come to ‘Harmony’ which has a similar slow start and picks up the pace as the song progresses. In a way it feels like a continuation of the title track as the guitar patterns are very similar, although this time the vocals enter the spotlight.

It’s hard to judge a band based on just three songs. All I can say is that this is a very promising thrash metal demo and I can’t wait to see what these guys come up with next.


Iza Raittila