|Lightning Swords Of Death - ‘Baphometic Chaosium’ (Metal Blade Records)|
|Written by Jim Rowland|
|Friday, 15 February 2013 04:00|
L.A. occult Black Metal merchants Lightning Swords Of Death are on album number three with the brilliantly titled ‘Baphometic Chaosium’, their second for the Metal Blade label. The band have expanded to a ‘pentacle’ five piece line up with the addition of guitarist ‘Inverted’ Chris Valez (don’t you just love it!) , and describe the album as “a mind altering experience compelled by the embodiment of chaos, death and ecstasy”. Indeed the album is in equal measure brutal, nasty, violent, disgusting, evil, blasphemous and menacing. It’s also great!
Title track ‘Baphometic Chaosium’, the seriously Satanic ‘Acid Gate’ and the curiously titled ‘R’Lyeh Wuurm’ all provided pulverisingly brutal slices of warp speed blackened thrash, and ‘Psychic Waters’ is a brilliantly twisted, disturbing cacophony guaranteed to give your worst nightmares their worst nightmares. ‘Chained To Decay’ takes the finger off the warp speed button in favour of some deliciously demonic doom, with perhaps a faint hint of the influence of Celtic Frost in there, as there is with the rather fine progressive epic ‘Epicyclarium’, possibly the album’s highlight. ‘Oaken Chrysalis’, an old school thrash inspired skull crusher, closes the album in suitably deranged and ultra heavy fashion.
In terms of the occult, satanic imagery this band portray, well you can’t take this all too seriously, it’s all theatre and pantomime villainy really. For me it’s great entertainment, and fun, just like a good horror film. The more guitarists named ‘inverted Chris’ the better! As for the music, well it is pretty extreme old school thrash-infused black metal that’s not for the faint hearted but there is melody lurking in there somewhere, as well as a lot of invention, progression, power and passion. If black’s your colour, ‘Baphometic Chaosium’ will suit you down to the ground.