by Doug Moore
When Morbid Angel toured behind their 1993 classic Covenant this past fall, it served as a powerful reminder of a) how great that album is and b) how poorly their last two albums measure up to it. Fortunately, other bands are still drawing on Covenant's well of compositional tricks, and some are even expanding on it.
London's Lvcifyre are a strong example. We've debuted their second album, Svn Eater, which takes the basic early M-A template and ramps up the frenetic vibes, over at Invisible Oranges this morning. From our writeup:
"Night Seas Sorcery" might not be the best opening gambit for these attention-scarce times, because it takes five minutes of its nine-minute duration to build up to a bone-pounding full band tumult, but that patience is an important bit of scene-setting, like the roiling of a turbulent black sea. Once the second song "Calicem Obscurum" hits, the album plants itself inches from your face and delights in your sweat-damp skin and ragged breathing. Lvcifyre wields a cunning compositional weapon by often churning at a full-forward tilt while the rhythm section simultaneously spits out chopped-up machine-gun blasts that seem to be taunting the swarming guitars to follow their daring lead. Frontman T. Kaos's vocals are towering and imposing, and drummer Menthor lays down a thick blanket of double-bass above which the guitars tangle and snarl.You can check out the rest of the writeup over at IO. Svn Eater comes out on January 21 via Dark Descent Records; stream it below.