A dynamic album with vigorous riffs
From the moment Lucifer V kicks off, listeners are greeted by catchy, heavy riffs and vocals with plenty of classically-trained elements. Marking the band’s fifth album, it’s clear from the first track that each song offers something entertaining and high-octane, providing the perfect music for amplifying any mood. As “Fallen Angel” flows from the speakers, there are nods to bands such as HIM, but with operatic vocals that siphon off attention. Rightfully so.
As Lucifer hooks its claws into listeners, the beat remains constant, even if it tentatively slows down. The drums are still relentless, but they fall back just enough for the guitar to come through, ensuring the vocals are never overshadowed — something that seems close to impossible, as Johanna Sadonis has a swoon-worthy vibrato and vocal range. Although the album is heavy metal at its best, it feels similar to a rock opera, each song focusing on its own theme and, combined with powerful instrumentals and expert-level vocals, this album could easily be the score to a movie of the band’s macabre choice.
“Slow Dance In A Crypt” is a testament to Lucifer’s languishing lament, encompassing a wide range of emotions all wrapped up in a flawless package. Although the beat isn’t as punishing, it’s plenty powerful. However, it doesn’t take long for Lucifer to get right back into its incredibly fast-paced groove, once again delivering a powerful performance.
The entire album is a magnificent collaboration on the part of each musician, resulting in a culmination of sound and imagination. There are plenty of powerful elements of guitar, from ravenous power chords to vigorous solos. It’s no surprise that the album’s universally catchy riffs appeal to a wide range of listeners. The only prerequisite for enjoying this album is the propensity for enjoying good music.