Review: Angelcorpse – Of Lucifer and Lightning


Bringing to the table a holocaust of brutal death metal, Kansas City’s Angelcorpse know what they want to play and they have no qualms about playing it. For many death metal fans, especially in today’s metal scene, heavier, faster and more brutal is the name of the game. It’s almost as if culture has rewound 20 years when Napalm Death and Extreme Noise Terror were attempting to play the fastest, most anti-social music they could play. Fortunately for those bands it worked out. Eventually things became more developed with bands like Death and Dark Tranquillity developing the sound into something more mature. However, in 2007, that idea of sheer brutality is not lost, unfortunately, as it pertains to Angelcorpse‘s 2007 release, Of Lucifer and Lightning, catchiness and originality is out the window.

Don’t get me wrong, Angelcorpse are highly proficient at creating noise, their instruments whir to life from song to song, but the problem is, for most of this album you can’t tell where one song begins and ends. Of Lucifer and Lightning is an ongoing onslaught on the ears, and while that may be a compliment to the band and its fans, it is really difficult for this reviewer to appreciate the music when you find yourself getting bored and holding your finger back from clicking to the next song. On the positive side, this album has some sick solos, and while their groove needs to be worked on, their proficiency at creating deep, downtuned, ear infecting brutality is something that they are so good at perfecting. Their level of aggression is to the point where I wonder why The End Records (their North American distributors) have not attempted to push this act harder. With the mainstream’s attention on death metal, it seems to be that the youngsters who still get tickled by wearing earrings with upside down crosses would dig this band’s anti-Christian lyrics and awesome bonecrushing riffs. Perhaps if they added in some hardcore-ness? Nah.

All in all, Angelcorpse is a niche sound, and is really appreciated by those who dig it, but for blokes like me, I need a little variation in my sound (yes, even my death metal). Sheer brutal riff upon sheer brutal riff is not enough to make me want to go out and keep buying albums of the like. Would Angelcorpse be a good romp to see live? I am willing to bet my money on it! I’ll pass on listening to it on my CD player though.


Favorite Tracks: Saints of Blasphemy

Similar Bands: Immolation, Morbid Angel, Absu

1. Credo Decimatus
2. Antichrist Vanguard
3. Machinery of The Cleansing
4. Hexensabbat
5. Extermination Sworn
6. Saints of Blasphemy
7. Thrall
8. Shining One (Rex Luciferi)
9. Lustmord

Pete Helmkamp – Bass, Vocals
Gene Palubicki – Guitars
J.R. Daniels – Live Drums

Osmose Productions


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