Hell yeah, finally a movie about metalheads for metalheads! OK, that might be a little exaggerated, but let’s discuss things from the start, shall we?
I won’t say I’ve been completely oblivious to the metal scene in Poland, years ago the local Polish music shops have supplied us with plenty of good music not only from around the world, but also from local metal scene. Obviously, as me and my friends were into extreme metal, I was not aware of classic hard’n’heavy or heavy metal proper Polish style, but with my recent review of excellent Shadow Warrior’s EP that situation has changed – for better.
You know the drill…I review stuff and if I like something very much (which, is basically everything I, or my good brother-in-arms J.R., review, because our resolution is not to write negative reviews, so we don’t review stuff we don’t like), I try to do an interview with the artist.
True, it doesn’t work everytime…sometimes I am simply overwhelmed with the stuff and I simply forget (I’m only human), and sometimes artists simply refuse being interviewed (no hard feelings, it’s like that).
So that’s how we roll, ladies and gentlemen. I do really like when I encounter material which simply clicks with me and if you’ve read my review of Shadow Warrior’s “Return Of The Shadow Warrior” EP, there is indeed no surprise I hadn’t hesitated and asked the group for an interview…
Nicholas from Heathen Tribes Records has been so kind to send us some stuff for a review and among those releases I’ve found this interesting material from Polish group Shadow Warrior. And boy, did it find a big love in my heart.
The sample opening this recording outlines exactly what you are in for. “Your Filthy Christ” is the first song and I am reminded personally of two bands: Deicide and Baphomet. That doesn’t mean this band is influenced by them, it’s just what I’m hearing in my ears.
The lyrics are straight out of the Benton school of blasphemy.
I love anti-Christian music and lyrics. Not just because of personal feelings or beliefs, but because I revel in living in a society that accepts this kind of stuff. Freedom!
I’m waiting here patiently for a proper anti-Islam band, but not the shitty fake “Middle Eastern” bands the press said existed many years ago (remember that? Hahah!)
You know, anti-Hindu…or anti-Buddhist bands could also be really cool (can you imagine? I can…)
This first track surprises with a guitar solo that is tasteful and drumming that is extremely competent, but not the over-the-top insane garbage so many guys are going for these days.
The kind of rhythm on display with Luciferian Reign is the kind I like most.
People may call this “mid-tempo metal” – and write it off as just that – leaving the description there.
I can’t – this is heavy Rock and Roll and there is a distinct Illinois flavor to the riffing.
“We Kill at Night” continues in the same vein as the first song. I don’t mean that in a bad way – this band knows what it’s doing. If I turned my head away I would think Hypocrisy had recorded a brand new album with Masse. The solo in this song is definitely Rock and 80s metal. That’s a good thing, I’m not into the 90s style of “lead guitar.” I find it boring. Solid rocker, again. I like this kind of heavy metal. Had I heard this when I was 12, I’d be playing the band’s roadie at every chance, at every show, and writing them letters because I was a dork. I love the guitar solos and the “We Don’t Care” attitude of not going with the flow of what modern bands are supposed to be.
The last song “Lucifer Conqueror” soldiers on in the name of Satan – and in the unholy name of Heavy Metal.
There are little tinges of some Black Metal here and there throughout every song, but not too much. It’s old school death metal to my old ears (the real kind and not the brutal kind) and I’m glad guys are out there still flying the flag of Old Style Satanic Death.
I’m hearing a bit of Maiden and Priest in here, too. I can’t really pinpoint this as being completely Old Satanic Death Metal, because that tag usually comes with a vision of fucking boring ass garbage devoid of songwriting skills. To label this as such would be a disservice. I am giving this band my Preston Seal of Quality.
Make no mistake, this band is one of the better ones to come from Illinois in a long time. Musicians recording MUSIC with a message instead of the fucking untalented crap I am usually subjected to when I delve into bandcamp.
Luciferian Reign’s “Your Filthy Christ” is worth the $3.
What to play, when it’s when it‘s raining all day long and you just have dragged yourself from work (like I do)? Well, something full of energy, of course, so Canadian old school metal worshippers Hexripper with their first demo are more than welcome.