The Apostate

Luciferion - The Apostate ©2003 Listenable Records
1. Intro
2. The Apostate
3. Become Or Be Gone
4. Destroying By Will
5. New World To See
6. Circle Of The Tyrants
7. Rebel Souls
8. The Voyager
9. Satan's Gift (The Crown Of Thorns)
10. Graced By Fire
11. Hymns Of The Immortals

Having taken around seven years off between their debut and the follow-up effort, Luciferion proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that good things don't always come to those who wait. The Apostate, featuring five new tracks, one cover and their five song 1994 demo, is a fairly tepid, unremarkable foray into atmospheric brutal death metal. Yes, you read that right. This band is trying to mix atmospheric effects with a somewhat brutal approach. They do this by grafting on keyboards and throwing in a series of samples from strange, B movies, often creating longer than necessary interludes. The songs are straightforward in the general area of a dumbed down Morbid Angel with a hint of European melodicism. A very small hint, mind you. The vocals on this album are quite gutteral and one dimensional. Perhaps the reason I'm having a hard time giving this release any justification for existence is that they utterly butcher Celtic Frost's "Circle of the Tyrants". The attempt to add demonic atmosphere fails miserably and they absolutely neuter a classic metal song. Some things should just be left alone and besides, there's got to be at least three hundred other cover versions of that song floating around. The space on the CD could have been better used with another original song or shortening the album by four and a half minutes.

The Apostate seems like not a whole lot of new material for a band who has taken seven years between albums. At this rate, they'll rival Metallica for being prolific. Sadly, this album treads nothing but mediocre waters and in an already crowded world of death metal, there's not a whole lot The Apostate can offer that hasn't been done before by much better bands.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 08/2003

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