Angelcorpse
Of Lucifer and Lightning


2.0
poor

Review

by Tyler Munro EMERITUS
May 27th, 2007 | 27 replies | 9,058 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Banal death metal made worse by atrocious production.

Titled "Of Lucifer and Lightning", Angelcorpse's new album features Jesus Christ being eaten by a noticeably emaciated Satan on the cover. Also on the cover are random lightning storms, dragons that seem to be coming out of Lucifer's ears and, of course, a crucifixion. When I flip to the back, I'm greeted with typical satanic song titles, that is to say, random uses of Latin phrases and variations on blasphemy. It's safe to say this is not off to a good start.

It can't be that bad though, right? Research tells me Angelcorpse are a respected death metal band, and from the few tracks I've heard off their last albums I'd be inclined to agree; there was definitely something there. Sadly, "Of Lucifer and Lightning" has very little going for it.

Musically, Angelcorpse are sort of a mix between early-era Deicide and Morbid Angel, though with a very, very slight black metal influence (so very slight that, naturally, I probably should have avoided mentioning it). What you get with "Of Lucifer and Lightning" is pretty much what you'd expect based on the cover and song titles; adequately conventional death metal that's slightly brutal, slightly technical but very, very tedious. To attest to this, it took me nearly three listens to make it all the way through.

Nearly every aspect of this album leads me to believe it was rushed, something that really shouldn't be the case since this comes after a six year break. There's plenty of variation on each track, but it's been done so much better in the past. In fact, from the very few Angel Corpse (they've since deleted the space) tracks I heard prior to this album, they did their own sound much better than they're currently doing it. The guitars are straight up Azagthoth, while the drumming is technically apt, but relatively forgettable and uninspired. The bass is more inaudible than you'd expect and the vocals, when heard, are probably the best and worst aspect of the album. You'll notice I said "when heard", and here's why.

"Of Lucifer and Lightning" sounds like it was recorded in a garbage can. While surely it was the trash receptacle of the Morningstar himself, it's not doing the band any favours. What the production and mixing of this album does is prevent the listener from actually enjoying any of the stronger parts of the album. What you hear for your first few listens is horribly muddy, muffled death metal. There's a muddled snare, some kick drum and then the leads. The guitars are way too loud and actually bury both the vocals and the drums (and the bass, but that goes without saying). The guitar work is always relatively complex, but it's occasionally grating and somewhat irritating to listen to. The vocals are relatively demonic, ranging from a croaky snarl to lower gutturals. The variation in the vocals department is excellent, but good luck hearing it. Credo Decimatus may or may not start the album off with a spoken word part, and the lower gutturals that would normally accent the croaks are almost always inaudible.

If the music was better, the production would at least be slightly forgivable, but it's not. This album is as typical as it gets, and when you pair that with the abominable presentation which is not limited to the production (the cover and song titles are ridiculous), it's hard to find a reason to listen to this. Obviously if you're a fan of the band it's worth listening to, but it's also pretty safe to say that you'll probably be upset that this took six years.



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MeowMeow
May 27th 2007



662 Comments


I didn't even know Angel Corpse came out with a new record. I enjoyed their last record quite a bit, but this sounds pretty mediocre. Oh well. So is life.

Great review, BTW.

Tyler
Emeritus
May 27th 2007



7926 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I didn't know this existed until I got it in the mail, so I'm with you on that.

CoRpSeSlAyEr
May 27th 2007



855 Comments


Good band, havn't heard this album yet though.


rattlehead42147
May 27th 2007



1345 Comments


well i wont be checking this out, excellent review though

Slaapkamers
May 27th 2007



596 Comments


The sound of thunder is actually Satan kickin God's ass at bowling.

striiiiiiiiiiiike!

kalkal50
May 28th 2007



2386 Comments


I didn't know this existed until I got it in the mail, so I'm with you on that.


How did the CD end up in your mail, did you order it without knowing :P?

Great review, just watch out in the second last paragraph you tend to repeat "the" and you got two "relatively"'s next to each other. Otherwise, greatness.

kalkal50
May 28th 2007



2386 Comments


btw, their "inexorable" isn't that bad

south_of_heaven 11
May 28th 2007



5433 Comments


This sounds retarded.

masscows
May 28th 2007



2236 Comments


I looked up some reviews to their other work, The Inexorable doesn't sound bad at all.

This on the other hand...

Tyler
Emeritus
May 28th 2007



7926 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

How did the CD end up in your mail, did you order it without knowing :P?

uh, no they sent it to me.

lanchege
May 28th 2007



64 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I have this album, I like it quite a bit. The production is horrid, but I can deal with it. Solid death metal.

Dethtrasher
May 29th 2007



2211 Comments


I didn't notice this review, I'm even more surprised that you even reviewd it. I hate this band, I had two albums but I got bored by them so I deleted them. Repetitive bull**** death-metal.
Good review, very good.

I would give you a vote but it looks like that's impossible, strange =/This Message Edited On 05.29.07

kalkal50
May 29th 2007



2386 Comments


how the heck do you not know if an album exists if you ordered it, and who is "they"?

Meelk
May 29th 2007



126 Comments


the name of this band is one word. it's not angel corpse, but rather angelcorpse.

Tyler
Emeritus
May 29th 2007



7926 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It was "Angel Corpse" before as far as I know, but yeah, it's Angelcorpse on this. I didn't add them to the database and I'm too lazy to have it fixed.

FR33L0RD
May 30th 2007



1461 Comments


I know that you have good taste in music "Cocaine"
so i will pass on this band

Tyler
Emeritus
May 30th 2007



7926 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Don't necessarily pass on the band, just don't bother with this album.

rattlehead42147
May 30th 2007



1345 Comments


how the heck do you not know if an album exists if you ordered it, and who is "they"?

good point kal. I'm actually very FUCKING BAMBOOZLED by this.

Tyler
Emeritus
May 30th 2007



7926 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

They is the End. The record label. I didn't think it was rocket science.

kalkal50
May 31st 2007



2386 Comments


lol bamboozled

Wait, so a record label sends you free CD's, or do you work somewhere as a reviewer? This Message Edited On 05.31.07



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