text: Dawid Krosnia
The Lucifer Principle
December 19th, 2016
To be honest with you, I’ve never heard about Panzerfaust before until I’ve spotted the artwork cover for their newest record, The Lucifer Principle. The photograph (I think it’s a photograph) is simply the sort of image I like to look at. The colour aspect of it and the composition is stunning, the image could be interpreted in many different ways. When looking at it, it gets you thinking and the image got a very unsettling vibe about it. To my surprise not only the image is worth mentioning here because the music is as good as the artwork cover, even better.
Comparing The Lucifer Principle to what they have done before it’s a totally different league. The new opus just came out in December through Avantgarde Music. The album is made of just four songs with one of them being a Johnny Cash cover song. Looking at their discography, they’ve cut down a lot on the amount of songs they’re willing to present to us. Personally, I think they’re trying to experiment a little bit and see if this new musical approach will pay off or not. The whole record is just twenty six minute long and could easily be released as EP but we do know that the EPs don’t get as much media response as the full-lengths. Maybe I’m wrong, but this is my opinion.
The first track is called The First Con Man, the First Fool, interesting beginning filled with dark and unsettling tunes, the vocals are fantastically arranged, they’re hidden in the background underneath the guitars and heavy bass melodies. The whole song has got doom and psychedelic feel to it but just before the end, there is a break and the hell is unleashed with fast and tank fist punch black metal goodness. Perfection! The Jerusalem Syndrome is kept in the similar manner like the previous offering. Superb atmosphere and inviting melodies to indulge and get seduced by the darkness Panzerfaust has to offer. Axis Mundi is shorter and has got variety of tempo changes which gives you the opportunity to realise how versatile this band is. The last song is the Johnny Cash cover song, God’s Gonna Cut You Down. If you’re not familiar with the original version, I would recommend to listen to it first as your jaw will drop and you’ll find hard time to come to terms with what they’ve done with this song. Absolute masterpiece and total respect to the Panzerfaust guys. They’ve turned almost two and half minute song to over seven minutes dark and depressing opus that will hunt you down forever. The ending of that cover is quite interesting, there is a sound of a hurt dog followed by the sound of firing gun. It’s the weirdest feeling ever. You’ll have to make your own decision about it how to interpret this ending.
The Lucifer Principle is a great introduction to what we can expect from Panzerfaust in the near future. This record probably is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea but for me it is a decent effort. I hate comparing bands to other artists so the only recommendation from me is that these four song will blow your mind. Check it out, buy it, you won’t regret it.