Previously I had only heard the “Instinct Prevalence” release from long serving Ukrainian horde LUCIFUGUM. A collection of two demo releases, the quality of song-writing was mixed. However, certain pieces successfully blended the aggression and style of “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” with the heavy keyboards and gothic tinges of early GEHENNA. The style was much simpler than their more prominent countrymen NOKTURNAL MORTUM, but it lacked their fire. Subsequent releases were supposed to get increasingly raw, monotonous and primal, but I confess that they have passed me by unnoticed. Therefore, it is on the back of 10 years of musical progression that I must judge “Involtation.”
In brief, this is poor. However, I should elaborate by explaining that the style is more akin to a very thin early DARKTHRONE clone. They still use some of the melodic elements prevalent in their part of the globe, but it is buried in the thin weedy production that it has simply no impact. Indeed, ‘thin,’ ‘weedy’ or indeed ‘dull’ are words that could adequately describe everything you hear on this release. Raw Black Metal is king for me, but this is a release that illustrates the stereotypes, providing fodder the detractors, skeptics and doubters.
Held back by second-rate monotonous material, an ineffective and weak production, “Involtation” is the butter knife to the chainsaw of “Under A Funeral Moon.” Which do you think would be more effective at cutting through the oak wood of my attention, into the heart of my subconscious?
(Online April 6, 2007)