Necromantia – The Sound Of Lucifer Storming Heaven (2007)

Necromantia are one of those bands that immediately divided my opinion when I first heard them. This record (with its appallingly bland cover art) is no exception. I can’t decide whether what unfolds here is pure genius or an absolute car crash put to tape.

Black metal can be dense, or too abstract, and in both extremes it can be far too messy to be appreciated. The Sound Of Lucifer… is neither of these things, but instead is a cacophony of awkward sounds that really shouldn’t work together, but from within an unique dark magic is woven.