Monday, July 18, 2011

Samael - Lux Mundi (2011)

The industrial heavy metal band from Sion, Switzerland is back with another bone chilling album. "Lux Mundi" is Samael's ninth studio album and is full of energy and talent. If you love double bass pedal drumming and heavy bass in your face then this is an album you're going to want to pick up.

The opening track is "Luxferre" which contains some amazing instrumentation. They include tons of orchestrated stings backing up the heavy chugging of distorted guitars and exploding drums. The song is full of action from start to finish, forcing you to bob your head to the fast tempo. The verses are overwhelming with bass while rough vocals are layered on top. The lead vocalist, Vorphalack, displays some unique growling that sounds deep yet with a scratchy tone. For some people, this may make or break the album. If you enjoy these vocals then it's only going to get better from here. "Let My People Be!" is another great headbanger. The guitars chug away in the beginning as melodic string take over the background. The vocals are delivered in a choppy way that works well with the double bass and the deafening guitar chords. The song has got insane rolls and fills that are just mind blowing.

"Antigod" is probably one of the heaviest tracks on the album. Booming drums enter in the beginning with punchy bass lines and captivation guitar riffs. The riffs provide such an explosion throughout the song, especial in the breakdown towards the end. Your definitely going to bash your fist to this one. The vocals are filled with rage carrying lyrics like "I am the antidote, I am the antigod" echoing through the refrain.

"In The Deep" has got some demonic riffs that you won't want to miss. There are some operatic strings that accompany the guitars, giving a great epic feel to the track. The double bass kicks are constant and rapid throughout, leaving no time for rest. Even the song "Mother Night" has got some impressive double bass pedal action even though it starts off a little lighter than most of the other songs on the album. The melody in the beginning is subtle and catchy but is quickly disrupted by devilish guitar riffs and monstrous drumming. The vocals are heavy and have a little bit of a melody in the chorus. The delivery is excellent.

As the album comes to an end you're going to come across "The Truth Is Marching On." Samael really went out with a bang on this one, as you'll notice how much bass that they've thrown into it. Relentless kicks and snares will constantly knock you down as you try to keep up with electrifying guitars. The verses contain more strings creating a great atmosphere for the vocals to come through a destroy everything. There's even a little melodic bridge towards the end with catchy synthesizers. This is a great ending to such a powerful album.

Samael has out done themselves yet again with another incredible album. "Lux Mundi" has got some of the bands greatest work that they've ever come up with. It's good to see that they can keep putting out heavy albums and not drift to far away from what they are known for. Definitely make sure you check it out.


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