|Ukraina's Black Metal heavyweights LUCIFUGUM with their fourth album of epic Nordic/Slavonic Black Metal reissued on Blood-Red Splattered Coloured-VINYL LP! Recorded in 1999, originally released on cassette by Russian label, Oriana Productions, and then on CD by the French Chanteloup Creations label (aka Oaken Shield Records) in 2002. This VINYL LP version released in 2006 on our own BlackMetal.com Records label is limited to only 500 blood-red splattered coloured-vinyls made!
ON THE SORTILAGE OF XTIANITY" is a very epic and stirring Nordic-influenced Black Metal album with grim Slavonic vocals, relentless racing rhythms (featuring drums and percussion by Munruthel from NOKTURNAL MORTUM and MUNRUTHEL), and majestic classical-based keyboards (by Saturious, also from NOKTURNAL MORTUM)-- all contributing to a supreme atmosphere recalling early 90's classic Black Metal. A predominantly melodic, yet profoundly anthemic attack in the vein of NOKTURNAL MORTUM / MISTIGO VARGGOTH DARKESTRA, ASTROFAES, SKYFORGER, EMPEROR, GRAVELAND, HELLVETO, MASSEMORD / SYKDOM, and even early DIMMU BORGIR!
9 Songs; 44 minutes. (2006)
* LUCIFUGUM "On the Sortilage of christianity" Line-up:
FAUNUS - Vocals / Bass
BAL-A-MYTH (r.i.p.) - Guitars
SATURIOUS - Keyboards
MUNRUTHEL - Drums
* LUCIFUGUM's bio, found at rockdetector:
A cult name on the Ukrainian Black Metal scene. Zhitomir based LUCIFUGUM issued a swathe of tapes for the Eastern market including 1996's 'Gates Of Nocticula' and 'Path Of Wolf', 1997's 'Through Indifferent Sky' and 'Instinct Prevelance'. The 1996 set saw the inclusion of MISTIGO VARGGOTH DARKESTRA, NOKTURNAL MORTUM and SUPPURATION guitarist Knjaz Varggoth, and NOKTURNAL MORTUM keyboardist Saturious. That same year would see the project VETCHE take shape, a Black Ambient collaboration between LUCIFUGUM's Balamut and Faunus, and NOKTURNAL MORTUM's Knjaz Varggoth, Saturious, Munruthel, Xaarquath, Sataroth and Karpath, alongside. A four-song demo cassette saw distribution through Kolovrat Productions.
LUCIFUGUM's 1999 cassette, 'On the Sortilege of christianity' issued by Oriana Productions, featured a line-up of vocalist / bassist Faunus with Bal-a-Myth on guitars and bass, along with two musicians from NOKTURNAL MORTUM, namely Saturious on keyboards and Munruthel on drums. This latter session would see a CD release courtesy of the French Oaken Shield label (in 2002), and LP vinyl version on BlackMetal.com Records in 2006. Apparently Bal-a-Myth died of a drug overdose in October of 2002.
BlackMetal.com Records has released two other LUCIFUGUM albums ('Back To Chopped Down Roots' CD, and 'Sociopath: Philosophy Cynicism' on both CD and VINYL LP formats) prior to 'On the Sortilage of christianity" vinyl reissue. Oaken Shield has also released 'On Hooks to Pieces' CD, while 'Stigma Egoism' was released on Drakkar Productions, France. 2005 Album 'Vector 33' was self-released on the band's own Propaganda imprint.