Released: 2003, Dias de Garage
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland
Stoner metallers rejoice, for Dragonauta have landed. LUCIFERATU is an Argentinean band that draws on the music of Black Sabbath, Cathedral and Corrosion of Conformity, but injects jazzy, progressive and doom elements, as well. Listening to this CD was a real trip (no pun intended) because the songs are quite lengthy and change pace regularly, so there is a lot to drink in. Not only that, but only three of the songs have English lyrics, so it’s a guessing game as to what the songs are about. As well, LUCIFERATU’s tracks are strangely written and unconventional to any discernable pattern of composition. The songs aren’t bad, just…different!
“Vidrio Negro” is laden with jazz influences and reminds me of something Black Sabbath would have done in their SABOTAGE/TECHNICAL ECSTASY era. The drums and bass that open the track are right out of a smoky jazz club and the guitar that soon kicks in noodles along for a full minute before the metal finally begins. This is one of the best tracks on the disc and has some genuine groove to it before slowing down for church bells, flamenco guitar enough fuzzy distortion pedal usage to make me think my wallpaper designs were moving. TRIPPY! “The Superchrist” follows with some reversed riffs and sludgy guitars that again remind me of classic Sabbath. Vocalist Federico Wolman’s raspy voice suits this song perfectly. “Antologia de un Nombre Santo” has some cool percussion and another jazzy drum solo around the eight-minute mark.
My main complaint with this CD is that, as ambitious and loose as the songs are, they seem like they are in dire need of editing. Most of the tracks are between six and eight minutes with one nearly ten minutes long! Maybe Dragonauta are a jam band but on record this does not translate well and I found myself a little bored at times. The songs themselves are well-played but they just need to be trimmed down a little to make a tighter product and a more enjoyable listening experience.
Now, as the line from “Tomegapentagram” goes, “Come on now!!! Let’s fuckin’ doom!!!!”
KILLER KUTS: “Vidrio Negro”