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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Review: Cirith Gorgor - Visions Of Exalted Lucifer


Extremely loud and incredibly fast. This is how "Visions Of Exalted Lucifer", the latest album from Cirith Gorgor starts off, and it doesn’t let down throughout the album. The Dutch Cirith Gorgor once more present a masterpiece to the world with their latest work. Devil worshippers Levithmong, Marchosias, Valtur, Satanael and Valefor demonstrate what they are capable of and they will not disappoint you.

Cirith Gorgor released a split with Kjeld in april 2015, but between the full-length predecessor "Der Untergang" (november 2011) and "Visions Of Exalted Lucifer" lies a gap of more than 4 years. In my opinion, Der Untergang is an interesting and good album. The album starts off with an air raid siren, followed by regular acoustic intervals. It has a lot of dynamics in and between the songs. The band takes a clearly more aggressive approach with their new work. Opening track „Salvator” sets the tone. It lifts you from your seat and does not put you down you during the rest of the journey. I had prepared myself for a quiet intro, but was blown away instead. My head is reeling. In a good way. Although, I would have liked to hear some more contrast in the mist of the relentless death train to my ears.

The record is incredibly well mixed. From start to finish, everything sounds full and bombastic. Though the guitar parts are harrowing, they are definitely not an unpleasant listen. In fact; the fast riffs and high notes have always appealed to me in Cirith Gorgor’s work. Supported by a drummer who, album after album, maintains an incredible balance between blastbeats and double base sounds. Visions Of Exalted Lucifer is no exception. Thumping bass lines accompanied by raw, often demonic vocals. Take for example the song "Wille Zur power". This track by the way, also gives the listener one of the rare moments to gather yourself during the hellride. I can imagine that it might be a bit to heavy for some, so be prepared.

Cirith Gorgor once again managed to showcase their unique sound that characterizes them. From start to finish, they go as fast as the human ear can handle. I'm sure a lot of (black) metal headbangers will enjoy this torture. Cirith Gorgor’s new record is undoubtedly a new highlight in the Dutch black metal scene.

Visions Of Exalted Lucifer will be released by Hammerheart Records and available as a Digibook 2-CD (including their ”Mystic Legends...” demo from 1997), on vinyl (limited to 400 black and 100 gold copies), as a cassette (limited to 300 copies) and as a jewelcase.

Make sure to see them live during Ritual Black Fest in the Little Devil, Tilburg, the 16th of january.

Written by Tim van der Zanden

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