AGONIA Epic, Athenian fury with monstrous potential You know where you stand when an album begins with ‘Vive morte!’ being screamed by a maniac. Lucifer’s Child set out their stall on 2015’s scabrous debut The Wiccan, but The
Order is a more intense and imperious affair, as the Greeks’ grandiose black metal assault becomes simultaneously more refined and furious. With only occasional bursts of the atmospheric, quasireligious trimmings that have become ubiquitous in recent years, songs like Black Heart and the title track are free to be infernal metal anthems with real crossover appeal. Elsewhere, Fall Of The Rebel
Angels is all punk rock poison and Mercyful Fate menace. Guitarist George Emmanuel’s solos are a continual revelation, too; fervently old school but always perfectly pitched, they add to a sense that Lucifer’s Child have the skills and passion to outgrow their cult status.