Lucifer - Lucifer I

Lucifer - Lucifer I

(CD, Rise Above Records, 2015)

There is no worth in crying over spilled milk, so having this in mind, Johanna Sadonis moved on rather quickly and formed LUCIFER but not to continue what THE OATH started doing but were stopped so abruptly. Yeah, that lineup reached the end of the road for whatever the reason(s), and instead of wasting time, LUCIFER was born with a different bearing moving towards traditional Doom Metal territories with distinct BLACK SABBATH references and not copy/past intentions making “Lucifer I” a killer and a must-have addition to your vinyl collection.

Having absolutely no recollections of THE OATH, then it’s rather natural to think that LUCIFER is another female fronted vintage-sounding band satisfying all those clichés that are still nourishing an entire genre. No, I am not claiming that the music Johanna and Gaz co-wrote has little to do with the '70s-inspired Doom Metal because it does. I guess the main difference is that the music sounds like the making of a lineup that has been together for very long time and has acquired a characteristic identity with a quality level which I think it’s rare for debut releases. One more thing that got me stuck with “Lucifer I” is - strangely enough - the lyrics dealing with occult thematology at first sight but once you dive deeper in them you’ll understand there is an entire philosophy (you don’t have to accept it) and not another fighting-religion-for-the-fun-of-it. I still love listening closer to a song just to get a full understanding of the lyrics something that happened during the magnificent “Izrael”. The almost clean guitar rhythm, the simple drum groove build the perfect surroundings for Johanna’s most expressional vocals as they wail their way through Gaz’s six-string magick. Although, you should have noticed during the album opener “Abracadbra” what is going on in the guitars’ section as they serve this catchy Iommi-inspired groove. Make a mind-note to use headphones on this one and fully enjoy the backing vocals that have a huge effect in the overall mystic atmosphere.

Things get slower but tons heavier during “Sabbath” (can you guess the influences here?) and the torturing “White Mountain” with the occasional drum-driven bursts. The second star of the album is “Morning Star” (no pun intended) and if you like bizarre coincidences, let me tell you that it’s about the same controversial and occasionally misinterpreted figure. Regardless of the lyrical content, the song is a killer with a massive rhythm section especially during the high-hat part. If you are still not convinced about the heaviness and the mysticism of “Lucifer I”, then I will draw your listening attention to the curtain-dropper “A Grave For Each One Of US” with the solid rhythm guitars and the stick-to-mind vocal melodies.

“Lucifer I” has already secured a spot in my end of the year ‘best of’ list and soon will spend a fair amount of spinning time on my turntable (getting my vinyl fix on this side of the Atlantic gets more time). For some reason, this music is a perfect fit during those summer nights where the breeze pushes away the day heat, telling stories of the occult and of all those things that like to spend time in darkness.





01. Abracadbra
02. Purple Pyramid
03. Izrael
04. Sabbath
05. White Mountain
06. Morning Star
07. Total Eclipse
08. A Grave For Each One Of Us


Johanna Sadonis - Vocals
The Wizard - Guitar
Dino Gollnick - Bass
Andrew Prestidge - Drums