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Lucifer Was - The Divine Tree
Something very special reached me through the Metalrage headquarters. It was Lucifer Was, a band that broke up at the end of the 70ties. I guess this is the decennium of resurrection and Lucifer Was thought the same. A shitload of musicians together, creating that old school 70ties rock. The album is called The Divine Tree. What a way to start my vacation in Croatia!
 
The first track (also the title track) is plain instant rock, with weird Eastern influences in it. I thought I was listening to some Chinese meditation music, when I heard the chorus. The music is a crossing with bands like Iggy Pop, Deep Purple and Celtic Frost, with vocals that reminded me of David Byron of Uriah Heep. These are all bands that I really crave, especially when I saw them live (although David Byron is not with Uriah Heep anymore).
 
The best feeling I had with this album was with the 4th song called ‘Almost Home’, when we were driving back home to the Netherlands. The lyrics handle about coming back to your own place in this world, after a long trip through unexplored countries. The music is kass-kicking, and that is mostly due to the fact that they use a Hammond organ. I’m a big fan of the ultimate sound of that organ, so that is of course a personal taste.
 
Shortly, this is a great mix of newer styles of rock, combined with the same old school rock. This leads to a catchy mix where the old rockers can revive their youth, and the younger ones can be educated. 
 
I still am very positive about this album and it really is old school rock wrapped in a 2000 package. There aren’t many bands that resurrect and manage to sound exactly as they would have sounded in the 70ties. People who can enjoy themselves with those old sounds, should definitely listen to this album once, then make your own opinion. 
Lucifer Was - The Divine Tree
83/1001Details Transubstance Records
Released on Thursday Aug 30th, 2007
Rock

Writer @Mat-Core on Thursday Aug 30th, 2007

Tags: #Lucifer Was
Tracklisting 1: The Divine Tree
2: Determination
3: On Earth
4: Almost Home
5: The First Mover
6: Crosseyed
Line up Vocals - Jon Ruder
Lead Guitar, Electric and Acoustic guitars - Thore Engen
Lead, Slide, Electric guitar, Mellotron - Freddy Lindquist
Hammond Organ, Keys, Backing Vocals - Arne Martinussen
Bass Guitar - Elnar Bruu
Drums, Percussion - Rune Engen
Lead, Spanish guitar - Andreas Sjo Engen
Flute - Svein Greni
Electric Harmonica - Tore Bereczky
The Choir - Arne Martinussen, Jon Ruder, Andreas Sjo Engen