Luciferum Penis: Black Metal Satani-Cum

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Luciferum Penis: Black Metal Satani-Cum
Black Metal
Self-release
June 6th, 2006 / September 26th, 2014
Release length: 20:39
Bandcamp

Italian Black Metal duo Luciferum Penis formed way back in 1999. To this date, both identities are apparently still unknown. Forged by “members of the Luciferian Penis Worship” in Italy around the time of their formation who are known simply as Unknown 1 on vocals and guitar, and Unknown 2 on drums, it wasn’t until 2014 that a slew of material started to drop through their official Bandcamp account. At this point there stands the Demo Live @ Secret Occult Fest, the Tenebris Irae single, as well as two EPs. The most recent is titled Penis Worship, but the one that has slithered into the inbox today would be Black Metal Satani-Cum from earlier this year. Given the sexual themes and obvious satyr among the satanism, does this recording stand as a farce not even worth your time, or is it a truly transcending experience in the name of the dark lord?

According to some of the sources on-line, Black Metal Satani-Cum was actually recorded during a ritual back in 2006, but was remastered for release in 2014. This is somewhat believable thanks to the analog quality that sounds like a recorded rehearsal instead of going into some studio to record something raw. That or, like the demo before, was recorded live, though that contradicts the band’s own Bandcamp account of how it was recorded. However, the statement that these songs were “composed just while played, during satanic acts in a real ritual” is hard to believe given how fluidly everything seems to flow, rarely ever missing a que to go from one passage to the next, or even having the wrong beat in order to get back on the same page. Plus there’s the many additional effects and sound clips present between and during many songs. In short, there seems to have been a good deal of practice involved, and not just a sudden jam session like some of these statements lead you to believe.

“Sermon” takes a good while to build up, utilizing backwards dialogue that finds a visceral Black Metal groove slowly building in volume, though currently well underway behind the scenes. While the introduction works, it just stays too long for something that isn’t some sort of establishing instrumental. The dialogue is still slightly present by the time what appears to be chorus hits near the two minute mark, and comes back in full force towards the end to wrap things up, leaving you feeling like you only got part of what comes off as a solid performance with plenty of catchy material. “In the Mouth of the Nun” isn’t quite as addicting, but carries subtle sharper epic passages after some faster, upbeat material that exists that way thanks to the drumming. It’s an interesting exchange of tone that works very well until around the two and a half minute mark. Here the material starts being delivered loosely, failing to really hook you as it builds up to the unimpressive and slightly empty guitar solos that follow until the orgiastic sound effects that started the performance end it as well.

“Black Metal Satani-Cum”, however, is an interesting specimen. The song starts with a decent amount of reverb before a guttural spoken word introduction announces the song, playing into the theory of this being recorded from a live performance. The slow start has a nice cold aura to it before the pace picks up, lending some hostility and catchy drumming against distant guitars and some of the closest raspy vocals you’ll hear the entire recording. Of course making the lyrics out is still damn near impossible, leaving you to take in the atmosphere, infectious performances, and random moments of feedback. “Midnight Copula”
shares that cold introduction as well thanks to the cleaner chords used at the beginning, bleeding into a mournful performance of depressing riffs and simpler drum patterns to keep the memorial aspect of the song alive. Outside the stern closing and somewhat chaotic guitar solo, this winds up a stark contrast to the rather violent “Aamon (Mortyknir Tribute)” and it’s traditional second wave Black Metal roots along the line of what little we get in “Sermon”.

With a band name like Luciferum Penis, it’s difficult to sit down and expect a serious experience right off the bat. But, truth be told, Black Metal Satani-Cum is a surprisingly decadent little recording wrapped in what you might consider a “kvlt” motif. Excellent and infectious execution on most of the tracks makes it easy to get into these probably recorded live songs about (what I assume to be since the vocals are impossible to decipher) Satanism and sexuality. Regardless of when, where and how Black Metal Satani-Cum EP was recorded, it still stands as an interesting and enjoyable piece of Italian Black Metal history that is worth checking out.


01. Sermon – 4:08
02. Black Metal Satani-Cum – 4:13
03. In the Mouth of the Nun – 4:31
04. Aamon (Mortyrknir Tribute) – 3:19
05. Midnight Copula – 4:29
Initial Pressing Score: 7.5/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Luciferum Penis.