ANGELCORPSE – Of Lucifer and Lightning

Even though it’s been over seven years plus a band break up since ANGELCORPSE‘s previous release The Inexorable, the band picks up right where they left off and sound stronger than ever. Original ANGELCORPSE beatster John Longstreth (ex-ORIGIN, SKINLESS) has rejoined with founding members Pete Helmkamp and Gene Palubicki to form the original three-piece that stormed the world back in the 90’s. Apparently Helmkamp and Palubicki have been writing material over the past two years, and Of Lucifer and Lightning is the fruit born of their recent efforts. The new recording brings Satanic death metal to new heights, and it’s hard to believe that seven years have gone by since the previous studio album. The intro track “Credo Decimatus” slowly rolls in readying the listener for the excellent death metal to come, and the first full song “Antichrist Vanguard” starts the album off with a bang. The musicianship is flawless all around, and it’s good to hear Florida death metal as it should be. While there are some very obvious similarities to early MORBID ANGEL in both songwriting and production style, the death metal onslaught is undeniably ANGELCORPSE at their finest. Helmkamp‘s vocals are at their best, and the rest of the band play very tight. Songs such as “Machinery of the Cleansing” and “Extermination Sworn” are easily highlights on the album, although every song is great in its own right. Great solos are found all over the place, and spoken word lyrics are occasionally added for dramatics. Of Lucifer and Lightning should catch the ear of every death metalhead who enjoys old school Florida death metal, and all should prepare for ANGELCORPSE to spearhead the genre from this point forward. (Osmose Productions/The End Records)

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