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CRUCIFYRE
CRUCIFYRE
Post Vulcanic Black
(Pulverised Records)
48:24min

Swedish Metallers CRUCIFYRE have come up with the follow up to 2014's immensely enjoyable "Black Magic Fire" and the band has now returned with a new offering to the Metal gods. "Post Vulcanic Black" is CRUCIFYRE's third offering and is now out through Pulverised Records. CRUCIFYRE came up with an almost new line-up for this record although this doesn't seem to affect their unmistakable manipulation of old school influences while they're still able to give their work their typical footprint, although marching along a path towards an evolution in their sound. "Post Vulcanic Black" was recorded at K51 STHLM, mixed by Willem Bleeker at Baggpipe Studio and mastered by Erik Holmberg at K51 STHLM and the cover artwork was done by Thrashing Rage. Elements of Black, Death, Thrash, Doom and Heavy Metal will be found in "Post Vulcanic Black" like eternal recurrence and all bent to the will of the fyre masters. This time band has taken on hardness, adding more melodies and darkness which is an ode to the Metal of the 80s, like spawned from ancient slumber but delivered with passion and enthusiasm in the present day. Although the band's will to forge various influences, "Post Vulcanic Black" mostly molded Thrash and Punkish confrontational Metal overall. The band creates a diverse Metal medley across the album, from aggressiveness to atmospheric dirges, and pretty much everything in between. Very few stones are left unturned throughout the playing time, with even some 70s Progressive Rock influences appearing here and there. Opening the album, we find the title track, laced in doom with a catchy guitar work underlying. 'Thrashing With Violence' speeds up the tempo, kicking in the teeth with its drums. 'Mother Superiors's Eyes' is an ever-changing track, mending Post Punk influences with a Metal kick. 'War Chylde' is a heavier take on this melting attempt, with shattering guitars and harsher vocals. 'Hyper Moralist (Deemed Antichrist)' on the other hand shows its Post Punk waves in full. This experimentation recesses in the second half of the record and with it the more expressive and exciting side of this record. Here they went back to a paler mix of heavier tracks, somewhere hooked with modern hints. 'Murder And Sex And Self-Destruction', 'Copenhagen In The Seventies' and 'Serpentagram' obviously made a long lasting impact through their fantastic song structures and lyrical assembly of incantation, blasphemy and forgotten wrecks in a twisted way. Like thoughtful, slower moments, cool tones and pieces of chopped riffs of mighty BLACK SABBATH, IRON MAIDEN, HELLHAMMER, MERCYFUL FATE, SLAYER, BATHORY, POSSESSED, there are lots of influences and regardless of what the band is actually playing though, all the songs on this latest release of theirs are infectious and catchy, with many taunting hooks that get stuck in the head surprisingly easily. Melting influences and genres together, in an appealing and experimenting way; "Post Vulcanic Black" is an energetic and authentic display of old school Metal prowess, and an extremely enjoyable one with more than a sparkle to the 80s and hopeful thoughts about CRUCIFYRE's future. Find out more at www.facebook.com/crucifyre-164973910205853 or visit their Bandcamp page. Label contact: www.pulverised.net

Randolph Whateley

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