LUTECE - FROM GLORY TOWARDS VOID
Review by Officer Nice
I can’t remember I purchased some Black Metal last year but the fact I had a personal difficult time has a lot to do with it. I didn’t really need music to get me into a darker pit, that’s probably the reason I welcomed Pop music to get into my life. And I enjoyed it, I really did.
I am NOT the biggest fan of Black Metal but Immortal was able to seduce me a few years ago to become open minded about this extreme kind of Metal. Ever since I heard some outstanding albums, but I also heard some thing that made me wishes my ears to fell of. What I like about this genre is that ultra darkened atmosphere that gives me as a listener the creeps. Black Metal is more, than other genres, able to have this kind of impact. I’d like to imagine things when I listen to music and Black Metal always brings me time after time, in my mind, to those dark forests in Norway. I imagine some satanic fanatics dancing around a camp fire with some naked women who… Crap, I must be sick.
Lutece isn’t a band from the North of Europe but is heading from France. The awesome front cove attracted me at once and it didn’t take long to give this one a shot. The good production of this record is a bonus and to be honest, this kind of Metal obliges a strong mix. Black metal is a music style that isn’t that easy to get into but certainly bad produced albums are to me a reason to throw the silver disc out of my CD-player to smash it against the wall. But, with Lutece, you will have a qualitative product and also musical wise this band has something to offer. The band delivers varied Metal on good played rhythm sessions and the darkness will drip out of your speakers, obliging you to gear the volume button. Lutece produces at some points a true wall of sound and it really makes me adore this record. Although the biography says this band is influence by the traditional Eastern and Swedish Black Metal they’re at some points very close to Death Metal as well. Lutece is a rather technical band and to me, that’s a personal point of view, which lifts Black Metal bands up to a higher level.
Lutece doesn’t deliver undefined rhythm sessions, as many Black Metal bands did in the past and it’s clear some musical brains are behind this band. “Labyrinth Of Souls” for example is a very slow track that easily pulls the listener into the dark energy of this band. This song knows different breaks and the riffs are really extraordinary. But within the same track you will be blown away by the fast beats behind the powerful guitars. This is only one example because also the other tracks have their secrets and I really adore the calm pieces that are often weaved into the music. Maybe that’s the reason why I adore Bathory and Immortal so much…. The fact Hesgaroth, the singer, uses grunts might be the reason this formation stands close to Death Metal. My message is that Lutece is a varied band that should please any fan of extreme Metal. Okay, for the old fashioned Black Metal fans, who are still torturing themselves or their pets everyday in front of a pentagram and black candles, this might be too sweet but for music fans this will be a goodie. Letuce delivers awesome Black Metal from a very good level. “Melted Flesh”, “Architects of Doom”, the title track and “The Last Standing Flag” are really worth listening to.
I repeat I am not the biggest Black metal fan and to be honest I don’t know this genre as good as I know traditional Metal or US Power Metal. So I don’t know if I am the right person to make a review about this kind of albums. What I do know is that I am pleased by the energy of the band, the tracks and that dark mood that is constantly present on “From Glory Towards Void”. Fans of modern Black Metal and even Death Metal fans really should give this one an honest try. Some of you will really like what they will hear. Additional info through: http://www.facebook.com/lutece.horde. Order at: https://dooweet.bandcamp.com/album/from-glory-towards-void
My rating: 86 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish