LUCIFER - Feeding The Machine

Lucifer - Feeding The Machine

3 songs
15:23 minutes
***** **
(self released)


It’s been quite some time since I have come across a metal band from Lithuania, but then the Baltic states in North-Eastern Europe were among the first nations to emancipate themselves from Soviet occupation, and it shouldn’t surprise that a lot of high quality metal bands are emerging from that cold, wintry corner of Europe.

Lucifer may have chosen a rather unoriginal name, but their music sure makes up for that. Not that they are sounding incredibly innovative, but their thrash metal with slight death metal influences manages to entertain thoroughly on their second, three track demo.

The band wants to combine the classic thrash sounds with the more modern currents, but fortunately for my nostalgic ears, the former definitely prevail. They remind me of classic late Eighties and early Nineties Bay Area thrash bands (Testament, Machine Head, Slayer) and even allow for the occasional German cult thrash sound (Kreator, Destruction) to slip into their music. My personal highlight is the opener and title track Feeding The Machine, on which the band is acting at their most precise, unleashing killer riffs that will enchant everyone who was alive and conscious when the genre pioneers invented the stuff. But the other two tracks aren’t half bad either, and there is even a subtle bass solo on the concluding Kill Chain.

The instrumentation is perfect and you would have to look hard to find anything to complain about. The vocals could do with a little more variety though, and the production is also rather modest when compared to modern standards. But this latter point isn’t too much of a problem, because the less than hi-fi sound moves Lucifer even closer to the spirit of the good old times. I suggest that every fan of classic thrash metal pays a visit to the Lithuanians’ band homepage where the demo can be downloaded for free. You certainly will not regret it!

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