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Ludicra – “Fex Urbis Lex Orbis” – Alternative Tentacles

This local band’s musical sophistication sets them apart from many other projects classified as black metal. We hear an impressive inferno of blazing guitars and crushing drums, played as actual instruments, not as numbing jackhammers. The compositions unfold, one brutal passage after another, with only the barest references to ornate prog-metal and, at the other end of the scale, mindless pummeling. The lead vocals are delivered with throat-destroying intensity, and the lyrics, bereft of hope, project anguish and despair more than the cartoonish evil (blood worship, Helldemons, etc.) that one gets with a lot of bands working this territory. Good stuff.

  • Reviewed by Max Level on November 13, 2006 at 6:03 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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    Amazing, Angular black metal in the veins of Khannate, old old Die Kreuzen, and a more ambitious version of Neurosis. Wonderful!

  • Comment by The Atomic Bomb Audition, November 26th, 2006 11:14 pm

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