Posts Tagged ‘rise above records’

Album of the Day: Lucifer – Lucifer I

Posted on Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Treble Zine: The name Lucifer comes up frequently in searches through the vinyl archives of 1970s obscurities. It’s the pseudonym that electronic music pioneer Mort Garson used for his eerie, Moog-based progressive concept album Black Mass.

Lucifer was also a short-lived and little known hard rock band from New York, but more relevant to metal history buffs, it was the original name of New Wave of British Heavy Metal legends Angel Witch (this will become important in a minute). And then there was Hamburg, Germany’s Lucifer’s Friend, who started life as a bluesy heavy psych act before descending into the depths of progressive jazz rock; it happens to the best of us.

Lucifer - Lucifer I

Lucifer is also the name of a Berlin-based heavy metal and occult rock act that formed last year after the dissolution of short-lived yet promising metal act The Oath. Helmed by that band’s frontwoman Johanna Sadonis, and featuring Cathedral guitarist Gaz Jennings as well as drummer Andrew Prestidge, also of Angel Witch (who you might recall were once named Lucifer, albeit with a different drummer), Lucifer has a certain reverence for the classic occult rock and early heavy metal sounds of the 1970s.

It’s not a worship act, necessarily—the group may have lit some candles and made a pentagram of colored sands in old-school metal’s honor for all we know—but where so much of metal in 2015 veers so far toward the extreme, Lucifer celebrates its roots and its heritage. That being said, the songwriting on Lucifer’s debut album Lucifer I is top notch. Occasionally, Jennings’ tendencies toward a heavier style of doom show through in his riffs, like in the sludgy chugs of ‘Total Eclipse’, but by and large this is an album driven more by melodies than by outright heaviness.

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Album of the Day: Galley Beggar – Silence and Tears

Posted on Monday, May 18th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Active Listener: Kent based troubadours Galley Beggar unveil their third long player Silence and Tears and it is something rather special indeed. Unashamedly following the path of classic acid folksters such as Mellow Candle, Mr Fox and Trees, but with their own peculiar and wyrd twist, […]

Lucifer To Touch The Darkest Recesses of Our Souls at Ivar Bjørnson’s and Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik’s Houses of the Holistic at Roadburn 2015

Posted on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

We’re excited to announce the timely and welcome return of Johanna Sadonis, as she brings her newest manifestation, Lucifer, to Houses of the Holistic. She will touch the darkest recesses of our souls at Ivar Bjørnson‘s and Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik‘s curated Roadburn event on Friday, April 10 at the 013 […]

Chocks Away With Admiral Sir Cloudesely Shovell at Roadburn 2015!

Posted on Thursday, January 29th, 2015

‘Airy ‘erberts Admiral Sir Cloudesly Shovell wowed ethusiasts of greasy balls-out ’70s rock with their very first sold-out 7″ for Rise Above back in 2011, followed by the one-two punch of a brace of albums – 2012‘s Don’t Hear It… Fear It! and last year’s not-so-difficult second album Check ‘Em Before […]

Album of the Day: Death Penalty – S/T

Posted on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: He’s blessed us with the classics – Forest Of Equilibrium, The Ethereal Mirror, The Carnival Bizarre, Endtyme – the list goes on; as the main songwriter and penultimate “riff-finder general” for legendary doom outfit Cathedral, the name Gaz Jennings has been synonymous with skull […]

The Osiris Club & Zoltan To Bring Their Cinematic Feel To Roadburn Festival 2015

Posted on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

We’re thrilled to annouce that The Osiris Club & Zoltan will bring their cinematic feel to the 20th edtion of Roadburn Festival, set for April 9 – 12 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands. Taking the best parts of 1970s progressive rock – just think King Crimson and […]

Album of the Day: Rog & Pip – Our Revolution

Posted on Friday, June 6th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Like a lot of “lost” groups the origins of Rog & Pip are winding and complicated. The duo of Roger Lomas and Philip “Pip” Whitcher trace their origins back to mid-’60s Coventry outfit The Sorrows, which found success not in the UK, but in Italy, […]

Album of the Day: Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell – Check ‘Em Before You Wreck ‘Em

Posted on Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: The old adage “never judge a book by it’s cover” could just as easily apply to albums, and yet the artwork for Check ‘Em Before You Wreck ‘Em, Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell’s second full length effort, seems to perfectly belie its musical content. The […]

Album of the Day: Horisont – Time Warriors

Posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Horisont are yet another shining example of just how good the modern music scene is in Sweden. Presumably Richie Blackmore and KK Downing have being taking over music classes with a countless amount of great bands emerging from the same places that gave us […]

Album of the Day: Age Of Taurus – Desperate Souls Of Tortured Times

Posted on Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: The words “hotly anticipated” do not even come close to summing up how I have been salivating to hear this album. I remember many moons ago, I ran into the right honourable Reverend Riddell outside a gig (Grand Magus and Electric Wizard, I think?) […]

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