Lucifugum was formed in 1995 in Zhytomyr, Ukraine by apostate Khlyst and guitarist/bassist Bal-a-Myth and singer Faunus. The latter left Lucifugum in 2001, while the former died in his sleep in 2002 after abusing drugs. Khlyst utilized many session musicians until uniting with Stabaath (later in unholy matrimony) and moving to Mykolayiv. Ellena’s first album was 2003’s Vector 33, which referred to the supposed age of Jesus upon death.
Khlyst owns Propaganda. The band shared members and ideology with Nokturnal Mortum for a while, but have since had a difference of opinion and drifted apart.
LUCIFUGUM – THE SUPREME ART OF GENOCIDE – PROPAGANDA
Ukraine’s Lucifugum is a band with a ten-year history in the underground, although one would not know it given the black metallers’ profile. The group can probably be correctly compared to names like Nachtmystium and Craft. Like those bands Lucifugum rarely speeds up, preferring to stay in the mid-tempo mode, but compensates that with intensity and anti-Christian fervour – the true essence of black metal. Songs are intense, repetitive, droning, treble and topped with vocals, which croak and creak with the enthusiasm of a tormented demon possessed by the sperm of Satan. The two members do not play; they attack, as they like to remind us. Sadly, the Ukranian lyrics give little clue as to their content other than the band’s overarching theme. All the same, while it is always good to see serious bands with an affinity for the core essence of their art, it is even better to hear them in a world riddled with compromise and commercialism. Darkthrone would be proud. – Ali “The Metallian”
LUCIFUGUM – INVOLTATION – PROPAGANDA
The rating for the newest Lucifugum album was bumped up because of the band’s strong convictions. Information like “Not for degenerative black ‘n’ roll fans,” or “no internet wallpaper” or “members don’t have any side-projects” are examples of the Ukrainian group’s superior way of thinking. No need to run to MySpace to find the band’s page. There never will be one.
The music itself is hardly that good. The noisy black metal is supplemented with a fuzzy sound and much damaged by the most light, hollow and empty drum sound ever. The drums sound like a spatula bouncing off a cooking pan. It is terrible. The vocals, in contrast, are vomiting and blasphemous. The singer sounds like the evil spirit of every snake in the Sahara possesses her. Forget influences for they are not relevant. Involtation is not about music, but rather a social statement. – Anna Tergel