It's been nearly four years since Lucifericon last released a record, 2012's The Occult Waters debut. Released to critical acclaim by Blood Harvest Records, that mini-album displayed a "new" band of metal scene veterans - who've done time in such bands as Destroyer 666, Pentacle, Malicious Dream, and Excision among others - who deeply understood the metal of death and proceeded to offer a unique, more atmospheric twist on it.
Now, Lucifericon return with another wholly satisfying mini-album appropriately titled Brimstone Altar. With two tracks on one side and an an 11-minute epic on the other, Brimstone Altar quickly explodes into being with a sepulchral lurch 'n' crunch that immediately bewitches the listener. From there, the twists and turns flow fast and freely, the band's death metal now blackened to a crisp and robustly recorded, allowing every evil nuance to spill from the soundfield and further bewitch the eardrums.
As the record progresses, it soon becomes apparent that Lucifericon have mastered the art of the "patient payoff," for their songwriting here builds detail upon subtle detail despite the obvious aggression employed. Consequently, the atmosphere that so guided The Occult Waters is recast in a distinctly different light, one where the listener is caught in a slipstream and dragged into a distant, nameless vortex. Kneel at the Brimstone Altar.