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Angel Corpse: Of Lucifer and Lightning

Blasphemers everywhere rejoice! After a seven year drought of new music, Satanic death metal mongers Angel Corpse make their triumphant return with Of Lucifer and Lightning. All extreme metal fans are certain to be excited by this latest offering from the all American death metal trio. Just looking at the artwork tells the listener what they have to look forward to; Lucifer rising in hell, holding Christ in an upside down cross position. And oh yes, he's also taking a bite from the feet of his quarry. Be sure you won't find this gem on the rack at Wal-Mart. The band returns with the lineup of Pete Helmkamp on bass/vocals, Gene Palubicki on guitar, and extreme music legend John Longstreth handling the drum duties. This is the original incarnation that recorded Hammer Of The Gods in 1996, which was the Angel Corpse debut.

"Credo Decimatus" fades in to start off the onslaught as Helmkamp reintroduces himself with a low guttural snarl. The opener is more of an instrumental with some underlying vocals that are altered in comparison to the rest of the album, almost sounding as an introduction by Satan himself. This leads to "Antichrist Vanguard" where Helmkamp really gets things going with his brand of vicious, snarling, black metal voicing. The vocals, while slightly low in the mix, add a real air of perniciousness to the songs. Throughout Of Lucifer and Lightning the feeling of evil and sheer depravity are seething on every track. From "Machinery of the Cleansing" and "Saints of Blasphemy", to "Thrall", there's an overload of buzz saw guitars and malevolent vocals, all driven by the ever present drum mastery of Longstreth. The band shows they've grown musically, showing off their talent as musicians and songwriters, combining just the right amount of speed with power, amidst this group of well structured songs.

Of Lucifer and Lightning is a very empowering listen, one that makes the listener feel quite sinister; and quite happy about it. Angel Corpse have put together their most extreme, most potent album to date, one that all extreme metal fans should definitely give a listen to.

1. Credo Decimatus
2. Antichrist Vanguard
3. Machinery of the Cleansing
4. Hexensabbat
5. Extermination Sworn
6. Saints of Blasphemy
7. Thrall
8. Shining One (Rex Luciferi)
9. Lustmord

Added: September 24th 2007
Reviewer: Ken Sanford
Related Link: Angel Corpse My Space Page
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Angel Corpse: Of Lucifer and Lightning
Posted by Duncan Glenday, SoT Staff Writer on 2007-09-23 17:32:32
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A while back, Angelcorpse was one of the few American death metal acts that stood out. The band re-formed after a six year absence and produced its fourth studio album - which carried high expectations. Many fans have received it warmly - but it might also disappoint a segment of their fanbase.

There are two extremes in the death metal genre - the extremely talented, somewhat progressive practitioners, and the garage-band-like acts that hammer out banal riffs through double layers of distortion and growl their satanic lyrics in song after song that all sound the same. Angelcorpse falls plumb between those two extremes, and Lucifer And Lightning is straightforward death metal - not terribly inspired, though it has its moments. It comes to you from The End Records, and that alone means that - if you're deeply invested in this genre - it will be significantly better than average. It doesn't begin to approach the expertise and the superior musicianship of the best in the class, but for straight-head damn-the-torpedoes death metal, it's a solid effort. Think Morbid Angel on valium.

The album is reasonably brutal, has the obligatory gory anti-religious song titles, and most vocals are disappointingly monotonous. You could drop the needle in the middle of any one track and it would sound exactly like the middle of any other track. Try it.

John Longstreth's drumming is quite good, but hidden by the bland production, and Gene Palubicki's guitars seem to control everything - from the reasonably complex riffs to the the occasional lead solos that sound rushed and frantic and devoid of finesse.

Emperor they ain't - it's generally uninspired, and out of touch with the contemporary shifts in the genre - but there are some good performances in here, and it might captivate your fancy.

Angel Corpse: Of Lucifer and Lightning
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2007-07-15 14:15:02
My Score:

36 minutes of pure, unbridled, Satanic death metal...that's what you get on Of Lucifer and Lightning, the latest from veterans Angel Corpse. Featuring some of the most evil and cavernous sounding guitar riffs heard since the early days of the black metal movement, this one shreds and rampages from start to finish. Any fan of the genre will rejoice at the truly monstrous sounds permeating tunes like "Machinery of the Cleansing" and "Saints of Blasphemy", the latter complete with plenty of snarling vocal growls and relentless blast beats, as well as a guitar solo! Yes, you heard that right, Angel Corpse are not afraid to throw in a few shredding solos here and there throughout this sick and twisted display of malicious death metal.

Do yourself a favor-if you have even a passing interest in extreme metal, this CD belongs in your collection. Of Lucifer and Lightning is sure to be on many year end Best Of lists when it's all said and done.

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