CD Envoy of Lucifer * (CD 1159979),
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Envoy of Lucifer *

  • 1. Infernal Flame of Destruction
    2. Evocation of the End
    3. Open the Gates of Damnation
    4. Claws of Death
    5. Storm of the Reaper
    6. Envoy of Lucifer
    7. Evil Is Eternal
    8. Raging Flames
    9. Belial's Prey
    10. No More Life
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1033

  • Credits
    ProducerMicke Borg
    EngineerMicke Borg

    Audio Mixer: Micke Borg.
    Recording information: 05/04/2007-05/28/2007.
    Black metal has been a heavily Norwegian phenomenon, but heavily Norwegian is not the same as exclusively Norwegian, and Norway's neighbor Sweden has had its share of black metal bands just as Norway has had its share of death metal bands. Marduk, Dark Funeral, Lord Belial, Apostasy, Setherial, Naglfar, Funeral Mist, and Mrk Gryning have all been contributors to black metal, and all of those bands are Swedish. It should be noted that Sweden's interest in black metal isn't a brand new development; Sweden has been providing black metal bands for a long time, and one of Sweden's early black metal providers was Nifelheim. This combo has been together since 1990, offering an infectious "black & roll" sound that owes a lot to thrash metal/speed metal and punk -- and that approach continues to serve them well on Envoy of Lucifer. Some headbangers who are not seasoned black metal listeners have found Nifelheim to be relatively accessible because of their strong sense of groove, which is very much in evidence on this 2007 recording. Envoy of Lucifer isn't just about heaviness or intensity; many of the tunes groove in an infectious way. This Occult-obsessed CD has the toughness and ruggedness of early black metal -- Envoy of Lucifer is not symphonic black metal -- but it also has a toe-tapping infectiousness that brings to mind Motrhead (who were arguably the first thrash metal/speed metal band) as well as old-school punk. And that is highly appropriate given that neither black metal nor death metal would have come about were it not for thrash/speed metal and old-school '70s/'80s punk. Envoy of Lucifer is not groundbreaking by 2007 standards, but it is a respectable demonstration of Nifelheim's ability to continue providing worthwhile "black & roll" after 17 years in the mosh pit. ~ Alex Henderson

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