Review LUCIFER’S HAMMER ‘The Trip’

Almost 10 years ago, a band called Lucifer’s Hammer was founded in Santiago de Chile, named after a Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle novel. It didn’t take a lot of time for the quartet to record a first demo being a first step towards a debut album.

‘Beyond the Omens’ is the title of Lucifer’s Hammer’s full-length premier that, together with the sophomore release, acted as a springboard for the quartet to ink a deal with High Roller Records. ‘The Trip’ is the first album that results from this collaboration, a blistering ode to traditional heavy metal.

Hades, Hypnos, Tyr and Titan, that is Lucifer’s Hammer. These four blacksmiths from Chile forged an album that reflects the beauty of heavy metal. The guys don’t need a lot of frills and other distraction. This band let speak the power of heavy metal as being the main factor on ‘The Trip’. Rooted in traditional metal and inspired by the NWoBHM, the guys recorded seven songs that found a spot on the tracklist of ‘The Trip’. The seven legs metal adventure starts with ‘The Oppression’ a song that clearly indicates a next step in the band’s development. While keeping the enthusiasm on a high level, the new songs are well arranged and more mature.

A song that also should make your eardrums swing is ‘Land of Fire’. Melody, riffing and strong rhythm is what makes to song to a classic metal track that blossoms right away. The same goes for the galloping ‘All Stories Come to an End’ and one get the idea that this journey just started. While having mentioned the NWoBHM earlier, tunes like’The Forest of Tar Tac’ and ‘The Winds of Destiny’ carry this spirit from the earlier days of heavy metal.

The closing last leg of ‘The Trip’ surprises a bit by its catchiness and melodies. It’s a softer contrast to the heavy pounding songs on this album without being a distraction.

‘The Trip’ is an album, metalheads will welcome with open arms. Lucifer’s Hammer listen to their metallic heartbeat more than looking at trends and hypes. Fans of denim-and-leather-metal that dig a hard riff, well-done vocals and heavy pounding rhythm-section should check out ‘The Trip’, a journey that certainly will be enjoyed.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. The Oppression
  2. Forest for Tar Tac
  3. Land of Fire
  4. All Stories Come to an End
  5. Illusion
  6. The Winds of Destiny
  7. I Believe in You

Label: High Roller Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: June 11th, 2021

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