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Could have been much better. - 70%

cinedracusio, March 13th, 2007

Okay, I am most of the time skeptical towards noise stuff. Especially if it is given a black metal sensibility; I had few interesting experiences (not lacking the amusement) such as Antikriist or the more "refined" side of duh Brown Legions, but I realize when the battle ends. Lust, along with Katharsis (especially their demos), another well-esteemed act, are the cream of the chaotic crop. Lust is not mere noise, but an act that chose more freely executed songs, and they succeeded in most parts.
Lust is much more difficult to grip than Katharsis; the music is more heterogenous than in the biggest part of the black metal scene, bearing a wide influence from the musical current that I love so much, namely noise-rock. The noise-rock influence is obvious in the several interludes present on this album, like Oh Horror (with some electronically treated voices) or Genocide Bitch. About the music itself, it is really hard to describe: the drumming is very prominent, and it has very fast parts as well as slow parts galore (shining on Spear Of Destiny). Cymbals and snare drums are the most exhibited here. Sometimes, the drumming drops from the focus a little bit (such as in the slow part from Birth Of The Unconquerable One, where some inequal measures in the rhythm get distracting). A point that the band misses is the introduction (which is as crappy as a gang of goats feasting on McDonald's french fries) and the ending track, Nazi Occult Metal, with a single riff all over the place and a buttfuck speech about how cool and hardcore Nazis are, and Genocide Bitch, which is pointless to the bone.

The guitars have the casual black metal fuzz, and the riffs tend towards death metal (at least in intention, albeit not in execution), but there are present some great riffs, as found in Spear Of Destiny (that riff could be used very well by a Norma Evangelium Diaboli band). The doomier riffs need more work on them, while they are way too simple. The solos did not amaze me too much, although their prominence on a black metal work is something of a broken rule in the Tome Of Kvlt Principles; the leads can be found almost more often than the riff changes! The throwback of this characteristic is that the leads tend to be ridiculously similar (random chord bashing highly reminiscent of Brenoritvrezorkre or high wails).

The vocals are the most distinctive point. I refer to the high-pitched stuff, which blows away the biggest part of black metal acts of today, in both originality and intensity. It sounds very similar to an indian (or horde of indians?) screaming in order to make the enemies shit their pants. The growls are not that impressive, unfortunately.

Not a bad audition at all, but there are two major flaws: the reluctance of the guitar player, who alternates good moments with unbelievably low moments, and the ideas, or the lack of ideas, along with cliches, that turns this band into an undisputedly immature apparition in black metal.

As for albums that reach this album easily and even beat its standards of chaos (also leads ten times craftier and more varied):

Fushitsusha - The Caution Appears
Cows - Taint Pluribus Taint Unum, Effete & Impudent Snobs
Butthole Surfers - Psychic... Powerless... Another Man's Sac
Cryptopsy - Whisper Supremacy