Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Lightning Swords of Death: Baphometic Chaosivm
The first thing that needs to be discussed is the stylistic change. Lightning Swords of Death definitely had some black metal influences shining (darkening?) through, but thrash and death metal seemed to be the foundation on which the band built their sound. This album though is almost entirely black metal. I am not quite sure how to feel about that in this case. I enjoyed the last album, but I always like black metal as well. This album bears very little sonic resemblance to their last one. This album sounds more like something one would expect from melodic black metal acts like Naglfar or Nifelheim.
LSoD went for more of an occult, mystical vibe with this release. The atmospheric riffs, vocals that sound like they were recorded in the pits of hell, occasional chanting sections, and swirling melodies add to the mysticism. But there is still something of a lighter sense of fun going on at the same time. It is strange. Black metal is not typically known for having a sense of humor about itself, but there is something about this album that tells me that it is not entirely meant to be taken seriously. I missed it the first few times but as I listened more and more it became more evident.
This album has been a grower for me. I was initially turned off by the perception that LSoD had gone completely serious. I no longer think that is the case. The music is much more rooted in black metal than their previous work, but it is still well-done. This is not terribly original, but there is an energy that is surprisingly infectious. This has grown on me.