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Luciferian Light Orchestra - Luciferian Light Orchestra (2015)

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Luciferian Light Orchestra - Luciferian Light Orchestra (2015)

Luciferian Light Orchestra - Luciferian Light Orchestra (2015)
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Luciferian Light Orchestra is a new band wrapped in a vintage spirit. The band is performing songs that Christofer Johnsson has written over the years but thought were too retro sounding for Therion. Christofer always had a big passion for the 70's music. Luciferian Light Orchestra sounds like a 70's version of Therion, mainly inspired by the 70's occult vibes and themes. The self-titled album is recorded by Christofer at Adulruna Studio and mixed by Lennart Östlund at Polar Studios. The self titled debut album was released by Adulruna in Europe on April 30...
Luciferean Light Orchestra is the eponymous troupe of musicians and debut album led by Therion's mainman Christopher Johnsson that was recently announced and released via the band's own site, to little fanfare. According to him, this is a compilation of material that he had in reserve and that he sort of amassed through the years, when he came up with ideas which were too "vintage" or somewhat more left-field that your average Therion song would be...

It differs quite a bit from Therion in that it barely has any similarities to most of them tunes included here, other than the use of rather tame but pretty hypnotizing and almost hedonistic female vocals, some of which are done by Mina Karadzic, who, if I am not mistaken, is one of the ladies who starred in one of a series of highly artistic and sometimes slightly enigmatic videos that Therion released in the past couple of years and a few simple choirs that sound quite oratorial. Mina is the only other person than Johnsson that is being identified as a contributor. Everything alludes to 70s prog rock, with a somewhat ritualistic approach and dark gloomy riffs, that border on heavy proto-metal, which I suppose is pretty nice.

Johnsson, probably must have done most if not all of the composing and is credited for the guitar as well as some keyboards and hammond, which pops up quite regularly and did provide some backing vocals, but was aided by a couple of drummers, a bass player, no less than 5 guitarists, 2 keyboard players and 3 hammond organists as well as 9 singers. Quite a lineup there. The album was mixed by Lennart Östlund (a guy who has worked with Abba and Led Zeppelin) at polar studios this sounds quite old school in its aesthetics, which might come as a bit of a shock to a few people, but all in all, if you don't approach this album with prejudice, it might be quite an interesting listen. Remember this is not "Therion" after all, but another project, that may feature some current and former members in its ranks, as well as other "known guests" but they have so far, remained anonymous for whatever reasons.

Opener "Dr. Faust on Capri" sweetly and seductively unfurls its charms manifested via a quirky little riff, and some pleasant female vocals that will remind you of all those 60s/70s soft rock, psych bands. The whole melody changes somewhat and the song gets a little heavier towards its conclusion which has a rather imposing, simple male choir, that makes it sound a little like vintage "T" too...

"Church of Carmel" is very soothing and sweet and seems to somewhat borrow from the aesthetics and sound of "Beauty in Black" but all through a 70s prism and a bizarre haze of sounds and colors.

"Taste the Blood of the Altar Wine" is much much darker, led by a simple riff that's thickened up with some key magik, while the vocals sound completely bewitching...

Which sets quite the tone for "A Black Mass in Paris", which begins quite a bit like "Nightside of Eden" but veers off into a lot softer and prog territory, before it begins to interject some really dark parts which work a bit like a chorus, since you can't really say it has one, per ce.

"Eater of Souls" has this eastern flavored riff and mixes threatening male and rather tame but at the same time unsettling female ones, which do get softer gradually. It's not bad at all, just a bit weird. Some of these songs feel like they must have been conceived between "Ho Drakon..." and "A'Arab Zaraq..."

"Sex With Demons" (what? Sex with Satan, anyone? lol) is completely bonkers and sort of nightmarish, describing lucid dreaming copulation with horny ones, Incubus and Succubus... with the whole thing sounding like the soundtrack to a bizarre 70s porno gone avant garde!

"Venus in Flames" begins with this kinda Hendrix-y riff and some licks around it until another on plays a few times and the hypnotic female vocals make you visualize the vision of "Venus" in flames... diabolically pleasurable... I must say and if they ever re-make "Rosemary's Baby" hey, the whole chanted chorus of this might work just fine.

"Moloch" is downright spiteful and malicious both an invocation and a hymn to the ancient Ammonite god. It's by far the heaviest and darkest song here.

"Dante and Diabaulus" also feels like a "feverish" vision set to music, as it is a bit of an interpretation of Dante's Inferno, but with a quite sinister take...

Last but not least is an untitled bonus track, about "Three Demons"... which is also dark, slow, sinister, almost funeral in its approach and has a sudden outburst of cursing screaming female oclasms, as if a hymn to nyx, heacate and the underworld... it's quite unsettling, disturbing and majestic in its ritualistic simplicity. This song is only included in the physical release which actually is one of the most lavish digibooks I have ever seen, with gold foil embossed markings and superb overall artistic direction.

Overall Luciferian Light Orchestra is quite representative of what its name implies, it's 70s inspired ritualistic psych hard rock and more with a dark atmosphere and occult themes. It might be not to everyone's liking, but fans of Therion during their "transitional" phase, before the orchestrations somewhat took over the helm or of bands like Black Widow (sans the flute) etc., might like this quite a bit. Artistically it's quite accomplished and does well what it's set out to do. So allow yourself to be enchanted by the bewitching sounds of this side project... while we wait for Therion to come back with their "Classical/Opera" project...
~ grande-rock.com


Luciferian Light Orchestra - Luciferian Light Orchestra (2015)

Track List:

01. Dr. Faust on Capri [04:27]
02. Church of Carmel [03:53]
03. Taste the Blood of the Altar Wine [03:11]
04. A Black Mass in Paris [03:16]
05. Eater of Souls [02:25]
06. Venus in Flames [05:00]
07. Sex With Demons [03:42]
08. Moloch [03:53]
09. Dante and Diabaulus [04:26]
10. Secret track 1 [00:11]
11. Secret track 2 [04:28]
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