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Luzifer - Iron Shackles

Iron Shackles
by Craig Rider at 10 May 2022, 2:54 PM

Metal maniacs, rejoice! I am proud to present to you: LUZIFER; signed via High Roller Records, hailing from the glory of Germany - performing Heavy Metal, on their debut full-length studio album entitled: "Iron Shackles" (released March 25th, 2022). Since formation in 2009; the trio in question have an EP entitled: "Rise" (released July 16th, 2015), a compilation entitled: "Black Knight Rise" (released June 2018) & this here full-length debut studio album in their discography so far entitled: "Iron Shackles". 7 tracks ranging around 32:11; LUZIFER arranges an intricately designed formula on some heavy-hitting Heavy Metal developments.

Opening up with this old school Heavy Metal riff amongst a high-pitched yell; the titular track rollicks with groovy harmony, distilling a hefty grandeur on flamboyant grittiness and concrete grinds that showcase sulphurous yet primitively raw tonality. A catchy conundrum and crescendo elements at a euphonic aesthetic on melodious remedies that rivet with trailblazing hooks, before barraging eardrums with towering velocity where solos soar with thrashy momentum - belting a clobbering ability in bulldozing grips amongst a blistering bounciness in hybrid experimentation intertwined with this synthetic implementation for good measure. “Barrow Downs” unleashes more killer shreds that slay with vibrantly potent meatiness, where jazzy tactics merge strikingly with the sonically seamless pursuits of traditional Heavy Metal stability that synergies with snappy panache and elegantly exquisite impact… until this brief, orchestrated interlude within “Faltige Schwingen über Loudun” offers this operatic segment for a complex narrative.

Consisting of duo vocalists S. Castevet (also on guitars/drums) & L. Steeler on vocals/bass; the maelstrom rockers ramify with uproarious dynamics in dexterously nimble stridency, thudding out sturdy yet rambunctiously volatile zeal while audible bass injections infect speakers with venomously thumpy trembles within “Hexer (In Dreiteufelsnamen)”. There’s a lot of furore and organic substance with this one, still maintaining that rampantly rompy tremolo expertise in which manifests with monolithic swerves of scorching solo patterns and chunky gnarliness that merges with more of that unique versatility on vehement utilisations profusely. “Wrath Of The Sorcerers” brings back the English language as before there was an elaborate contrast in merging that German translation just because, why not? An intriguing outre of galloping frolics fabricate a tremoring tenor on solid slabbiness, radical wickedness and flexibly fundamental firepower distinctives that make one marvel with robust listening delight.

The penultimate track rocks this JOACHIM WITT cover entitled: “Der Goldene Reiter”; it’s an incredibly captivating but classy song that will tap feet, and get chords humming in no time. Not to forget G. Deceiver on drums who stomps the set with steely, yet punchy precision. The vocals I forgot to mention have a dashing cathedra embedded, revelling with throaty but high-pitched yells that scream with electrifying immensity. Which overall concludes “Iron Shackles” with the finale epic: “Attila (Blazing Hooves)”; I am compelled to say that LUZIFER was an enjoyable but entertaining discovery, which reminds me heavily of MERCYFUL FATE/KING DIAMOND godfathers exponentially with more of this modernised vigour to it.  Bottom line; worthy of spinning, replaying & supporting should you fancy an enriching fix of traditional, old school Heavy Metal pandemonium - do check it out.

Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 9
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. Iron Shackles
2. Barrow Downs
3. Faltige Schwingen über Loudun
4. Hexer (In Dreiteufelsnamen)
5. Wrath of the Sorcerers
6. Der Goldene Reiter
7. Attila (Blazing Hooves)
G. Deceiver - Drums
L. Steeler - Vocals/Bass
S. Castevet - Vocals/Guitars/Drums
Record Label: High Roller Records


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