(7/10) The vintage spirit gained and still gains momentum and Stockholm-based Luciferian Light Orchestra is one of the representatives of this kind of music. The band is a side project of Therion's Christofer Johnsson who found with Luciferian Light Orchestra an outlet for his passion of 70's based rock music.
The band/project released the self-titled debut a year ago followed now by a new EP called "Black". The title describes the general vibe of these four tracks very well, even though 'grey' would have been even better.
Anyhow, the EP begins with "Evil Masquerade". The first thing that stands out are the well done female vocals. Since names of band members are covered in darkness too, I can't tell you got the gift of such a fantastic voice, but we are talking about fragile and susurrant phrasings that fit perfectly to the doomy expression of this song. Here and there you can recognise some parallels to Avatarium which is more due to some of the arrangements. However, in general the two bands can be compared and Luciferian Light Orchestra sound more like the occult version of Therion by leaving out the orchestral parts.
The songs aren't too heavy and include well done melody lines. In the end it's more the beauty of all shades of grey that these four tunes express. There is a lot of melancholy in three out of the four songs on this release with one number that stands out a bit. It is the almost swinging "Serpent Messiah" with it's galloping rhythm that gives this tune a slightly different vibe, even though it never becomes a bright sing-a-long smasher. It fits into its context while being different too.
What I miss with this EP are more elements of tension since the tunes become a bit tiring after a while. Especially "Thunder Perfect Mind" could be shorter and more spot on.
"Black" is containing good rock songs. This EP belongs to the category 'Can have' but it's not a 'Must have'.
- Evil Masquerade
- Where the Lilies Grow
- Serpent Messiah
- Thunder Perfect Mind
Label: Svart Records
Genre: Occult Rock
Release Date EU: December 9th, 2016