Rating:
8.5
Kaamos - Lucifer Rising
28 February 2005


01. Black Revelation
02. Gnosticon
03. Inaugurating Evil
04. Theriomorphic Pandaemonium
05. Dark Void
06. Lucifer Rising
07. Sacrament In Red
08. Mysterious Reversion
09. Khthonic
10. Outro


Sweden might be best known for Melodic Death, but there are also some regular Death Metal bands hiding here as well. Kaamos might be one of our best, hidden treasures.
With just one release behind them, (self-titled debut from 2002) Kaamos now returns with "Lvcifer Rising" an album from a band that's really rising.

With fast drums and killing guitars Kaamos delivers one of the best Death Metal albums I ever crossed ways with.
I'm not really into extreme music, but I have Death as my favourite in front of Black and Grind, but I have to admit that this is good. Great melodies (there are melodies), lyrics and arrangements. I know Kaamos produced their debut on their own, but with this I don't know, but I assume they did the same here, and they did a great job too.

On their debut, they had no other than Messiah Marcolin (Candlemass) as engineer, but if he inspired Kaamos to what I'm about to write I don't know, but how knows?
And what I'm about to write is something I heard early with "Lvcifer Rising", the guitars sounded quite similar to guitars used in faster Doom Metal, the riffs are longer and a bit slower, and it makes it a little more interesting, at least for me that's way more into Doom than Death.
But in general, this is Death Metal and not even close to Doom, except this "discovery" I made.

On the other half, the negative things about the whole package are only the usual ones when it comes to more "brutal" metal, the variation isn't that big (even if Kaamos guitars makes the listening experience slightly better) and the length, even if 37 min is pretty long for this kind of music. And of course the titles, I mean, how in hell will I explain to someone that I like the song "Chthonic" or "Theriomorphic Pandaemonium" when I barely can pronounce them? Hehe.

But otherwise I don't have much to complain about, I can only admit that I found myself brutal Death Metal album I like, an album that will be played many times ahead, when I need to refuel myself. And I recommend you to give Kaamos a chance; you might discover a pearl, who knows?
A great way to actually do that is to visit our Follow the Storm Compilation and download the opener "Black Revelation".

Check Out: "Black Revelation", "Inaugurating Evil" & "Lucifer Rising".


Band profile: Kaamos
Album: Lucifer Rising


 


written by Malcolm | 02.03.2005



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Sunioj - 24.01.2008 at 02:17  
Damn, more support for this band! Great DM album, its definetly up there with my favorite swedish DM bands, including the classics. Even their newest EP before they broke up is really good.
Richard - 25.09.2008 at 04:37  
Hmm, this seems to be quite an old review now! Anyway, Kaamos were a great band. Unfortunately they've split up now, but I got both their albums when they each came out - and although Kaamos released their albums in the 00's, the music had a genuine old Swedish Death Metal spirit which is evocative of Nihilist/early Entombed, Grave, Dismember etc.
Sunioj - 25.09.2008 at 23:43  
Written by Richard on 25.09.2008 at 04:37

Hmm, this seems to be quite an old review now! Anyway, Kaamos were a great band. Unfortunately they've split up now, but I got both their albums when they each came out - and although Kaamos released their albums in the 00's, the music had a genuine old Swedish Death Metal spirit which is evocative of Nihilist/early Entombed, Grave, Dismember etc.


Indeed, it does suck that they disbanded. Though if you can ever get through to hearing the 'Scales of Leviathan' Ep (before they split) that might arouse additional interest. Verminous is a good addition to the roster of old school DM sounding bands which also might do the same and are still active.

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