First brand new studio album with the original reunion line-up since Mean Machine in 1981 - over 30 years ago.
On this album by Norwegian 'heavy progressive' band Lucifer Was you can hear elements from Jethro Tull (flute) and The Moody Blues (Mellotron) but in general the focus is on harder-edged guitar work. Most of the ten compositions sound pleasant, no more or less. The titletrack delivers a wonderful part featuring the unsurpassed Mellotron (flute like Strawberry Fields Forever) and bluesy, Peter Green inspired guitar play. My highlight is the long Little Child (more than 11 minutes): alternating with halfway the two Mellotrons (played by Knut and Jon-Willy..!) and sensitive electric guitar. In general the guitar is pretty good on this album, the heavy riffs remind me of Black Sabbath but especially the guitar soli are great like fiery in Darkness and wah- wah in My Mind Said Stop. A fine album with some elaborate tracks.
The debut album by the heavy metal / prog band appeared on Vertigo Records. The English singer John Lawton, guitarist Peter Hesslein and bassist Dieter Horns on the front, all seasoned warriors of the European rock scene, licking the hard rock flames of Lucifer's Friend in the realm of Uriah Heep (where Laughton in 1977 lead singer was) and Led Zeppelin. Despite critics' jubilation Lawton had then also join the Les Humphries Singers (in order to pay the rent). One of the first Metal LPs ever.
''Sumogrip'' is the ninth and final album by Lucifer's Friend (Lucifer's Friend II featuring John Lawton). This album once again displays the wide variety of styles Lucifer's Friend is famous for throughout their previous albums, living up to the "no album is the same" moniker. The band would stay together for a few years after the album's release before breaking up for the final time.
Although they would develop a more prog-influenced style, this debut album finds Lucifer's Friend living up to their sinister name by performing heavy, keyboard-textured rock in the vein of Deep Purple or Uriah Heep. It gets off to a thunderous start with "Ride the Sky," a punchy rocker built on a rumbling, guitar-fuelled melody reminiscent of "The Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin. From there, the band works its way through a series of songs that combine heavy guitar riffs with often-complex arrangements that border on prog rock: "Keep Goin'" builds from organ-led verses into a guitar-dense jam driven home by John Lawton's wailing vocals, and the title track effectively contrasts heavy guitar-laden verses with an eerie chorus full odd keyboard and vocal effects to create its spooky atmosphere.
The father of lies, the proud prince of hell, the wisest of the winged, the favorite of the One, the dark angel who lovingly holds your hand down through the path of despair. Whose caress is deception and whose trade is souls - I introduce you to Satan. Also known as Lucifer Morningstar.