Lux Ferre – Excaecatio Lux Veritatis

Rating: 2/5
Released: 2015
Label/Disributor: http://altare.pt/index.php?route=common/home
Buy Album: https://luxferre.bandcamp.com/album/excaecatio-lux-veritatis
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/luxferre

Band Lineup:

Devasth: Vocalslux
Pestilens: Guitars
Vilkacis: Guitars
Vagantis: Bass
Njord: Drums

Tracklisting:

1. A Luz Ofuscante da Verdade
2. Não Há Salvação
3. A Lenta Adaga da Morte
4. Caos no Meu Sangue
5. Canção da Loucura
6. Miséria
7. Mundo das Sombras
8. Sob o Véu da Ignorância

Review:

Portuguese Black Metal fiends Lux Ferre have returned with “Excaecatio Lux Veritatis”, their third full length offering. Six years have elapsed since their last album, but unfortunately it seems that the hiatus has only served to blunt their talents.

The album opens with “A Luz Ofuscante da Verdade”, with its creepy intro comprised of bells and gongs before fuzz encrusted guitars fade in. It is played at a relatively slow pace, but is driven along by some furious kick drum action. So far, so humdrum. Alas the band never really leave second gear. Next up is “Não Há Salvação” which is more of the same, showcasing a band lacking in individuality or imagination. “A Lenta Adaga da Morte” follows the same rote formula, but is lifted slightly by some slightly pacier drum variations. The band finally bare their teeth in “Caos no Meu Sangue”, which picks up the speed and is the better for it. This renewed fervour is maintained by “Canção da Loucura”, a track dripping with savage intent and menace – like the drooling mouth of a xenomorph. Sadly the band fail to maintain this level of quality; next track “Miséria” is positively soporific, as is “Mundo das Sombras”. The album concludes with “Sob o Véu da Ignorância”, which follows the same tired formula – a band unable to break free from the shackles of their only musical idea.

The album is not entirely without charm. There is a pervading sense of menace throughout, it’s just that it lacks a little bite. The riffs are almost entirely slow pace tremelo picking and are almost entirely unmemorable, coming across as dreary and grey. The band seem to lack an indivdual identity, and come across as one trick ponies, which would be all well and good if it were a good trick!

Review by Owen Thompson
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