Since a few years, there is a new wave of psychedelic rock. Bands like Ghost, Kadavar and The Devil’s Blood discovered the magical sound of the 70s. In 2014, The Oath released their self-titled debut album, but then they parted ways with lead singer Johanna Sadonis. She found a new band called LUCIFER – and their debut “Lucifer I” keeps that beautiful psychedelic sound.
The release combines all the typical retro elements of this genre – cover artwork, band member’s style, old-school production and occult lyrics. Of course, the music is a mixture of classical rock and blues – slowly with some faster parts, but never as fast as modern music. LUCIFER could have even come from the 70s.
You could also call them old-school…
The special note of their music is Johanna Sadonis’ voice. She has a light timber, but also the low passages sound like she never did anything else than singing. Her voice is super clear, she always finds the right way to sing this kind of music. Sometimes like a siren (not too high), sometimes smooth.
There is nothing to say about the guitar – LUCIFER use typical riffs that dominate the music on the same level like the vocals. Sometimes, the music becomes a bit faster (e.g. ‘Morning Star’) but all in all, the speed remains the same. LUCIFER convey many emotions: sadness, thoughtfulness, liberation, reduction. Even though, the music sets free positivity. The last song ‘A grave for each one of us’ differs a bit from the others. It is like a ballad and sounds more modern, especially because of the song’s structure.
LUCIFER play a very special kind of music, especially for nowadays. But “Lucifer I” has it’s own beauty and is very magical. Fans of psychedelic rock and old-school music will like it, for sure. Johanna Sadonis is definitely worth to be listened to and the whole album is made for long time rotation in the hi-fi system. This album rocks (like) hell.
02. Purple pyramid
05. White mountain
06. Morning star
07. Total eclipse
08. A grave for each one of us