Luciferum Penis: Demo Live @ Secret Occult Fest

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Luciferum Penis: Demo Live @ Secret Occult Fest
Black Metal
Self-release
June 6th, 1999 / September 26th, 2014
Release length: 8:47
Bandcamp

Before their Black Metal Satani-Cum EP, Italy’s Luciferum Penis unleashed the Demo Live @ Secret Occult Fest earlier that same year. Like the material that followed, this was yet another Black Metal recording that was supposedly done many years ago (June of 1999 to be exact) but wasn’t released outside the bands own rituals until 2014. The demo initially consisted of two songs, but a third (“Ritual of Luciferum Penis”) was later added to the Bandcamp release as a bonus track recorded “during a ritual in an abandoned house”. But does this once ly unknown slab of “Luciferian Penis Worship” stand the test of time, or is this live release worth overlooking?

“Luciferum Penis” and “Cumshot in the House of Christ” make up the live recordings of the demo, carrying that raw, distant sound like a badge of honor. The first finds a good minute of building before finally kicking in with material that sounds far more haunting thanks to the reverb it gives off, probably from a performance in close quarters than most small venues of the time, but that atmosphere is what makes this brand of recording so much more enjoyable compared to a high quality studio recoding from the nineties on. This same touch is felt on the latter, though it’s a far more enthusiastic performance that isn’t quite as unnerving. There are passages that still sound creepy, at times finding a ritualistic presence that is mostly in the drumming, but the deeper notes played seem to bounce around a lot more, creating a loud ominous hum that is just irritating.

But then there’s the bonus track “Ritual of Luciferum Penis”, which is like listening to an unintentional Havohej styled creation. This alternate version of “Luficerum Penis” finds the music behind the noise from the location and equipment used sounds like a major snowstorm in hell that greatly blocks the entire performance. The drums are basically just lost to it outside the crashes, and some of the vocals slip in well enough to try to take advantage, but the guitars are absolutely depressing, as if torn from a forlorn Viking Metal album and makes you wish you could just hear this iteration of the song without everything else going on.

Demo Live @ Secret Occult Fest is a surprisingly solid recording for the simple fact that the raw, live traits manage to conjure up an output that was more than likely completely unintentional. The initial two tracks evoke separate atmospheres that can still make the hairs stand loosely the first time you hear it, leaving you wanting more like this, only to get the noise addled version of “Luciferum Penis” with a different name. If you didn’t happen to check out anything Luciferum Penis has done so far, this demo is worth giving a spin, though more for the first six and a half minutes than anything else.


01. Luciferum Penis – 3:34
02. Cumshot in the House of Christ – 3:02
03. Ritual of Luciferum Penis – 2:11
Initial Pressing Score: 7.5/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Luciferum Penis.