Lurking Evil [Spain]
The Almighty Hordes of the Undead
Spain has spat forth numerous impressive death metal acts, with the death metal scene strengthened by the likes of Xtreem Music and the various musical explorations of Dave Rotten. Lurking Evil may not be the first black/thrash metal band that I encounter out of the region, but their debut full length, The Almighty Hordes of the Undead, is an extremely fun album to mosh and headbang to, to say the least.
Album opener sets a rather cold and bleak black metal mood with the ominous clean guitars, and I can’t help but be reminded of the opening of Thunderbolt‘s swan song. But instead of going down that grim route, things get rather fun as soon as the first riffs of Twins of Evil hit the listener. The riffs that are unleashed by Orlok have a more thrashy, crossover edge to them instead of the dissonance of black metal, and one is quickly brought back to the early days of evil, thrash metal, not unlike that of Teutonic bands such as Destruction or Kreator, though obviously the vocals of Orlok adds in a nice blackened touch. Throw in the simplistic, yet energetic punk-styled drumming of Nico, there are even moments where one is reminded of Japanese blackened thrash kings, Sabbat or Abigail, especially with tracks like Blood is Life.
While sounding evil may be one of the things that bands like Lurking Evil may be attempting to do (songs like Pustulous Horde even brings in some slight early-Bathory comparison,and The Dark Paths of the Other Side shows the darker side of the band), listening to The Almighty Hordes of the Undead, it is clear that this isn’t exactly very high on their agenda, with the debut being a record that provides a more fun, than “evil” listening experience. And I certainly am not complaining, with Lurking Evil‘s debut being an extremely suitable tribute to the old-school greats such as Venom.