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Review: Abominator - Subversives for Lucifer
Subversives for Lucifer

Label: Osmose Productions
Year released: 2001
Duration: 48:41
Tracks: 8
Genre: Death/Black

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: August 13, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Subversives for Lucifer

Rated 4.47/5 (89.41%) (17 Votes)

This is probably the promo I shelved for the longest time.  I got this around the time it came out, and that was during the period that Osmose copy-protected their CDs so they wouldn't play in PCs (and from what I hear, in some models of CD players as well.)  Having been screwed over by this scheme (3-4 albums I purchased back then had the protection on them), I refused to review this, and stopped buying Osmose releases until they dropped the nonsense several months later.  And just last week I remembered this album while reading an old interview with Abominator.

Subversives for Lucifer is just as demented, destructive, fast and in-your-face as I remembered.  I wasn't as much in extreme metal back then and couldn't appreciate it as much as I do now.  This could easily pass as the soundtrack to armageddon.  A very short, quiet intro is the only quiet moment on this album, and after that it's pedal to the metal, take no prisoners, and let's torture those instruments to death.  The vocals are shared between two band members, and they're just as heinous and vicious-sounding, no matter who's at the microphone.  There are some growled vocals, but it's a clearer, harsh BM rasp meets DM growls that's used as the predominant vocal style here.  The music is so fast that it's easy to miss the blackened elements, but they're there alright, adding a certain dark aura to the leading Death Metal onslaught.  Some bands fancy themselves as brutal, but they're like boyscouts compared to these Aussie maniacs (I don't know what's in the water in the land down under, but they have more than their share of bands pushing the limits of extreme metal.)  Feel like being bitch-slapped by your CD player?  This is the album for you.

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