These days, black metal is usually associated more with harsh, textured atmospheres and progressive song structures than its non-Scandinavian thrash metal beginnings. Now commonly infusing flavours from music such as post metal, folk metal and even shoegaze, the likes of Alcest and Agalloch are the current go-to poster boys for music media when reporting on the genre in its contemporary form and represent a recent general trend in black metal. Heavier bands, often with influences from death metal, sit alongside, as well as bands taking influences from a wide variety of other genres. Black metal indeed appears to be an ever-spreading and evolving genre and its recognisably cold underlying foundation certainly provides a suitable canvas to tempt other influences and musical ideas to feed in and steer the music. However, Ludicra’s brand of black metal comes across as relatively simple, yet with enough to differentiate itself and provide interesting music in a genre where lazy writing is often too easy to fall back onto.
Catchy thrash metal riffs and uncommon female screams match the intense density of the guitar lead textures, but moments of melody, both vocally (such as on “Dead City”) and in the form of wandering guitar solos, give the music an extra edge. Underlying variations in harmony too provide a subtle yet tense atmosphere. But despite these various elements collectively acting together, Fex Urbis Lex Orbis does not come off as bloated, with each part distinguished and clear and utilising direct effectiveness over the need for convolution, and not often overstaying its welcome. Despite the odd moment of monotony, especially during the long, sluggish segments of “Collapse”, Ludicra’s penultimate album provides a broad range of elements to both interest regular fans of black metal whilst remaining accessible enough to appeal to outsiders of the genre. An overabundance of certain elements and windingly long structures often put off prospective listeners of many black metal bands but Ludicra manage to strike a balance between this uncharacteristic accessibility and experimentation with an enjoyable range of musical ideas.
The first paragraph is pointless and doesn't adds anything to the review other than being a display of
over-pretentious, judgmental, and misinformed takes on black metal in general. As for the second one,
I think it is a nice write-up but you could have delved much deeper on what makes this Ludicra album
What about the lyrics (an interesting concept), production, or vocals? Saying there's a female singer
doesn't necessarily cuts it; gimmick or sincere, excellent or average? How's the contrast between the
sludge & bm? Hmmm. Anyway, this is well written but I won't pos, lacks insight.
Ahhh I misunderstood you Dark, you know I actually respect you because your ratings reflect how "you" actually feel about an album and not about what the majority thinks : ). I meant my last comment towards anyone that gives a hard time towards a review because of rating.
Need to relisten to this.
DarkNoctus Contributing Reviewer February 2nd 2013
Album Rating: 4.0
sure, no problem, sorry about being defensive :]
yeah i really like this, there's a lot of energy in it
Rating comes across as low cos I generally don't like writing reviews which are divided between
positive and negative points, so I stuck largely to the former (cos overall the review is positive)
and didn't rest too much on the negative, of which there isn't much to say anyway apart from "some
bits are boring and monotonous".