Corpus Christii - Luciferian Frequencies gatefold-LP


Formed in 1998 by Nocturnus Horrendus, Corpus Christii has been one of Portugal’s most prolific black metal acts, with six full lengths, among various EP’s, splits and demos, to date. Luciferian Frequencies is the band’s sixth full length album, which was initially released on CD in 2011 by Candlelight Records. In December of 2014, the German-based Folter Records gave the album it’s first release on vinyl, limited to 500 copies, with new artwork. Luciferian Frequencies is the first following a trio of albums that were focused on torture and pain, so it should not be surprising that Corpus Christii has slightly altered their sound this time around. Nocturnus Horrendus performs all guitars, bass and vocals, with the drumming duties handled by the current drummer of Enslaved, Menthor.

The music on Luciferian Frequencies isn’t too far removed from their previous efforts, as Corpus Christii continues to give their own perverted take on second wave black metal. Impressively enough, their music has come to be synonymous with Portuguese black metal, striking that fine line between the cold sound of the Scandinavian scene and the dirty, unrefined sound of the first wave. That’s not to say that Corpus Christii’s music sounds dated, it’s just that the band has found a certain niche playing blasting, trem laden black metal with a rather raw tone despite the modern production. Rather than focusing on another round of hyper-fast, torturous black metal, Luciferian Frequencies opts for a more varied approach featuring slower paces and mid-tempo sections built around the blasts and trem riffing.

“The Owl Ressurrection” shows this newly tempered sound right from the beginning, with blasting drums and fiery trem riffing flowing right into a mid-paced stomp with a dash of blackened groove. Despite the next track, “Crystal Glaze Foundation” sticking to a slower, gloomy sound, complete with atonal minor key wandering, the whole of Luciferian Frequencies doesn’t reside in these crawling passages. There is still plenty of blasts and fast past trem riffing to complement the deep and vicious growls of Nocturnus Horrendus. All of the pieces truly come together during tracks like, “Deliverer of Light”, which wax and wane between staccato power chords, sombre melodies and highly melodic, fast paced trem riffing; effectively bridging the gap between the fast paced double bass runs and the trudging mid-tempo sections.