LUCIFERION - The Apostate
Released: 2003 | Label: Listenable | Rating: 9/10 | Reviewer: PSL | Provided by: Target

01. Intro
02. The Apostate
03. Become or be Gone
04. Destroying by Will
05. New World to See
06. Circle of the Tyrants
07. Rebel Souls
08. The Voyager
09. Satan's Gift [The Crown Of Thorns]
10. Graced by Fire
11. Hymns of Immortals

Back in 1994 Listenable released Luciferion's debut CD Demonication [The Manifest], a CD that has since achieved cult status in the underground. But somehow things didn't work out for Luciferion and they would only appear on a handful of tribute CD's before they totally disappeared. Guitar player and main man Wojtek Lisicki then formed the power metal band Lost Horizon with whom he released two albums before he began the resurrection of Luciferion in late 2000.

The arrangements and structures in the songs witness of a much worked through and varied effort that leaves nothing to be desired. This CD possesses a technical brilliancy I haven't heard in quite some time. The Apostate has simply got it all: plenty of insane drum galore, twisted guitar riffs, classic heavy metal leads and keys. If you don't believe me, then listen to incredible songs such as "The Apostate", "Destroying by Will" and "New World to See" and don't tell me that you're not convinced. Music-wise Luciferion seems to be influenced by bands such as Morbid Angel, Deicide and Liers in Wait but it's totally unfair to say they sound like any of the aforementioned bands. Actually they have their own very unique sound. The production is clear, making it fairly easy to hear all the little details and this without making the music seem thin. All this merged together with samples from the cult movie "Dark City" creates a sinister and dark atmosphere.

Wojtek has chosen to include their first and only demo The Demon of 1994 and a cover version of Celtic Frost's "Circle of the Tyrants" on the CD. A decision that can be discussed; however it does work out fine and the songs from the demo gives a pretty good idea as to what Luciferion sounded like in their early years. The Apostate is definitely one of, if not the highlight of 2003.

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