Lu­ciferi­con

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AL-KHEM-ME

INVICTUS PRO­DUC­TIONS BLACK­ENED DEATH DIABOLISM FROM THE DARK HEART OF THE NETHER­LANDS

Not ones to rush mat­ters, Dutch oc­cultists Lu­ciferi­con have taken nigh on a decade to re­lease their de­but al­bum.

With deep roots in their na­tive un­der­ground scene go­ing back to the start of the sec­ond wave, Al-Khem-Me of­fers eight slices of black­ened death metal with a nods to late 80s death metal. Son­i­cally it’s un­re­lent­ing and scald­ing sheet metal, where the satanic chaos of Mor­bid An­gel and Ne­crovore meets the icy Norsk black metal of mid-90s May­hem . Ti­tles like Szin-Niaq-Sa, Azothoz: The Al­pha & Omega Zoa-Azoa and Flesh Unto Void, Void Unto Flesh (The Twofold Gate) don’t ex­actly roll off the tongue but are catchy, mem­o­rable and played with pre­ci­sion and pre­sum­ably di­a­bolic in­tent. Clos­ing track Seven­fold nods to Vik­ing-era Bathory and Can­dle­mass with an epic, doom-laden gait. Well-crafted and ruth­lessly de­liv­ered death metal with nods to all things oc­cult, not least in its suit­ably musty-look­ing cover art, Al-Khem-Me is a fine de­but.

FOR FANS OF: DESTRÖYER 666, MOR­BID AN­GEL, PENTACLE

ALASTAIR RIDDELL

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