FJOERGYN – Lucifer Es

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: Lifeforce Records
Released: 2017
Buy Album [URL]: https://fjoergyn.bandcamp.com/album/lvcifer-es
Band Website: 
FJOERGYN.COM

LFR168

Band Line-up:

Composition / Guitar/ Vocals – Stephan L.
Drums / Percussion – Martin L.
Guitar – Marcel W.
Bass / Vocals – Sven G.
Guitar – Philipp T.
Session Vocals – Ivo R.

Tracklisting:

1. MMXVII 03:12
2. Leviathan 06:36
3. Viva La Inquisition 05:30
4. Lvcifer Es 07:16
5. Blut Samen Erde 09:08
6. Dinner mit Baal 11:10
7. Terra Satanica 06:57
8. Freiheit 11:28

Review:

Formed in 2003, Fjoergyn is an avant-garde black metal band who have just released their latest album ‘Lucifer Es’ which aims to highlight a disillusioning view on humanity and its system of populism and opportunism and the role the concept of Lucifer ties in with that.

On second track ‘Leviathan’, the German industrial style chugging combined with vocals in the same language make the band sound like a black metal Rammstein, while some of the songwriting and atmospheric elements could also go the other way and be said to sound like an industrial Cradle of Filth.

Up next is ‘Viva la Inquisition’ which is a lot blacker sounding than the previous song, and there is more of a symphonic black metal feel with the guitar style and haunting keyboard elements on this track. Track four ‘Lucifer Es’ takes things up a notch with tighter songwriting and some epic background choir vocals which bring back that 90s symphonic black metal feel.

Track five ‘Blut Samen Erde’ starts off with a post-black sound before descending into an inferno of tremolo riffing. There is then some clean guitar work which is somewhat juxtaposed with the rest of the song (they do label themselves avant-garde I suppose), this then fades and the vocals start and things rev up again.

Sixth track ‘Dinner mit Baal’ has a more unconventional structure, and therefore fits the avant-garde label more accurately – although a more traditional symphonic black metal sound is to my taste. The final track crescendos with some pipe organ sounds and some epic guitar solos which bring the album to an ending on a high.

Overall this is a decent release that blends a classic symphonic black metal sound with more avant-garde elements.

Review by Jacob Ovington

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