Lucifer's Dungeon are a band from Russia that plays a mixture of black metal and dark ambient and this is a review of their 2017 album "The Dark Army Raises" which will be released in May by Grimm Distribution.
Ambient style synths start off the album and they also add in a touch of dungeon synth and after the first track they go into more of a heavier and melodic direction where you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording and when the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard.
Vocals are mostly grim yet high pitched black metal screams while the faster sections of the songs bring in a more raw side of the genre and when guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic fashion and the music also brings in a great amount of 90's second wave influences.
Throughout the recording you can hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and some tracks return back to an instrumental dark ambient direction and as the album progresses a brief use of clean guitars and spoken word parts can be heard and they also bring in a heavier instrumental towards the end.
Lucifer's Dungeon brings out 2 different styles with one being a raw and traditional style of black metal while the other side displays a more dark ambient style, the production sounds very raw and old school while the lyrics cover Anti Dogma, Satanism and Nihilism themes.
In my opinion Lucifer's Dungeon are a very great sounding mixture of black metal and ambient and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Unconscious Faith" Burn Your Dogma" "War" and "The Forest". 8 out of 10.