In 2012 German singer Johanna Sadonis and Swedish guitarist Linnéa Olsson formed heavy metal band The Oath. For reasons that remain unclear that band suddenly announced their spilt soon after the release of their self-titled debut album last year.
Rising from the ashes of The Oath, Sadonis has teamed up with former Cathedral guitarist Gaz Jennings to form a new band – doom / occult metal (self-described as heavy magic rock) band Lucifer.
“Lucifer I” is their debut album. In addition to Sadonis and Jennings, the group’s line-up includes former Zoltan / The Oath drummer Andrew Prestridge and bassist Dino Gollnick, formerly of The Projects.
There are a fair number of bands these days that pay homage musically and / or visually to the great rock bands of the 70s – some good, some less so. Lucifer and one of the better ones. In fact I’d go so far as to say that they are excellent. Carved from the same kind of monolithic rock that spawned the likes of early Black Sabbath, Electric Wizard and, naturally, Cathedral.
The record kicks off with “Abracadabra”, an uptempo track with a superb riff from Jennings. Throughout the album I was impressed with the vocal delivery of Sadonis – even more so than on The Oath’s album – and was reminded of Mostly Autumn’s Olivia Sparnenn for some reason.
“Purple Pyramid” continues things with more fabulous riffing. The songwriting on this album is of a very high quality and the production is very good too. The most Black Sabbath-like track to my ears is, fittingly, “Sabbath” – complete with doomy riff and tolling bell!
My personal highlights would be “Total Eclipse”, “Izrael”, “Abracadabra” and the brilliant “A Grave For Each One Of Us”. Fans of early Black Sabbath, Cathedral etc. will find much to enjoy here. Love it…
1. Abracadabra / 2. Purple Pyramid / 3. Izrael / 4. Sabbath / 5. White Mountain / 6. Morning Star / 7. Total Eclipse / 8. A Grave For Each One Of Us