Matorralix – Bass
Dominatrix – Drums
Berenjenix – Guitars
Eqiunox – Vocals, Guitars
01. Infernal Power
02. Leviathan Arise
03. Black Battalions
04. Temples Of Madness
05. Heresy Shall Remain
06. Beneath the Eyes of the Black Flame
07. Black Light of The Evening Star
08. The Doors of Hell May Shake
09. Good as it is
10. Midnight Sun
Lucifuge are a German thrash metal band on the label ‘Dying Victims Productions’, who will be releasing their highly anticipated fourth album ‘Infernal Power’ on April 30th, 2021. You’ll be able to get it on CD and vinyl LP formats. Over the years, they have been perfecting their blackened-speed metal-punk style. It’s great for partying to as much as it’s great for headbanging. However, that doesn’t mean in it’s not evil sounding as well. Since starting in 2018, the band have also released a demo album, three EPs and a single.
This whole album can be summed up in a few words: ‘Like ‘Kill ‘em All’ but without the wild solos, and with riffs that aren’t as strong.’ I like super quick thrash/early Hammerfall-style power metal chugging as much as the next man, but it gets a bit much when there’s the same style in all songs, most of the time. (Apart from the last song where it’s only super speedy some of the time). Having said that, some hooks are perfectly fine, if cliched. Interestingly, the lead parts are more melodic and are nicely altered with some cool sounding effects, without them sounding pretentious. However, by ‘melodic’ I mostly mean ‘less shreddy’. They’re far from classic. The combination of traditional riffs and ever so slightly innovative leads is a bit of a strong point, but the solos don’t feature as often as many people would like.
Hints of black metal in tracks such as ‘Leviathan Arise’ for example, add something a little different, but the ideas don’t really stand out as much as they perhaps should. On the plus side, they do fit with the overall sound, without being at all random. ‘Black Battalions’ has a cool pedal tone idea with various power chords played on top of it. It’s rather colourful for the genre, but again, such creativity is in limited amounts. Here’s another downer – the harmonised guitar parts are strong, but you’ve guessed it – they only tease rather than them being the backbone of the music like many will want them to be. Sometimes they sound Maiden-esque, other times they are a little more arty.
In conclusion, it’s a little tricky rating this album as it is rather exciting, yet it it is mostly unambitious at the same time. Even if this album came out at the start of the thrash metal scene, it wouldn’t have been too much to be excited about. The band can play well at high speeds, but in the slower sections, the drummer can be a little sloppy. It’s not too bad, but if you like more modern stuff where everything is perfected, you may be a little put off. Personally I’m the most put off by the relentless chugs that turn out to be quite monotonous. Give this a listen if you’re less easily annoyed and you want a good time, though!