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Heathen Harvest Review
Heathen Harvest Review
Press / Radio - Reviews
Saturday, 26 February 2005 00:00

Genre: EBM / Darkwave

A very strong Luciferian theme pervades throughout the new album Morningstar by Asmodeus X. Those with a nominal education in bibliology and/or the occult will recognize the very title of Morningstar as an alias of Lucifer. This should, however, not be dismissed by non-satanists as a superficial satanic shock/sales tactic. The subject matter of this album is concerned with legitimate esoterica. Electronic music enthusiasts and aesthetes rest assured, there is no profusion of metal guitar present. This album is a blend of EBM and Darkwave with a Neofolk rendition of the title track as an organic closing gesture.

In "Voices of the Fallen", we hear an electrified portrayal of the Wild Hunt --that ghostly Nordic procession of fallen warriors directed by Odin-- with relentlessly galloping synthesizers and washes of nebulous sound mingling with a distinctively haunting vocal.

"Against the Moon" and "Kreislauf" are 'retro' in their sound and undeniably catchy utilizing vocoder and infectious basslines to great effect.

"Roman P" is a riveting rendition of the old Psychic TV track written about the infamous film director Roman Polanski whose wife, Sharon Tate, was ostensibly murdered by the Manson Family. Paul Fredric's vocals make one do an aural double-take, uncannily sounding like P-Orridge at times without losing credibility through obvious mimicry.

The closing track on this album is a Neofolk rendition of the title track "Morningstar," replete with acoustic guitar and bells which is absolutely wonderful. It is interesting that they have chosen to open and close the album with two completely different versions of the title track. To me this represents the dichotomy inherent in most adversarial ideologies; a mirror image of the very same thing.

This album makes a strong statement packaged in catchy rhythms. In the current world of EBM where so many artists focus on a formulaic beat to the detriment of ideological content sufficed in a limpid statement, this is a breath of fresh air, albeit sulfuric.

Expect to be hearing more about Asmodeus X.