Life often comes with times of struggle, and it’s difficult to see an end. But it’s through those times of struggle our best work is created. Music is Violence is the new album from St. Lucifer, a Manchester act who’s recently come out of their own time of struggle. To lose two band members usually brings the death of a band, but St. Lucifer comes out of it very much alive, and this new record proves that.
Speaking on the context of the album’s creation, new recruit Charlotte Winchcombe said:
“It was a difficult album to record simply because of the amount of *life* going on during the process. I know that seeped in to the overall sound and feel of the album. It’s very raw, but listening back to it, there seems to be a lot more optimism and “fuck you” defiance to it than I’d originally remembered. Maybe it’s the rebellious nature of Bexley Square, under which we recorded the bulk of the tracks that helped imbue it all with such grit?”
The sound of Music Is Violence is one bogged down in anguish and anger, yet there are uplifting elements involved that adds a certain shine to its rusty aesthetic. Lead single “Crucible” combines industrial drums with synthesisers that could easily fit in on the dancefloor. The jagged execution of the vocals is steeped in mood yet pull off a serious Robert Smith-esque that sinks hooks into the listener. The most important thing to note is that the band proclaims the track is the most accurate representation of their “blackmetalgaydisco” sound, so things can’t be all bad.
This gay disco changes DJs throughout as different tempos and directions are explored with little care for cohesiveness. “Walk Slowly Towards Her” ramps up the urgency with it’s Punk instrumentation which pairs perfectly with the aggressive delivery of some solid poetic lyricism. “Dark Matter” features a riff that comes straight the 90’s rush of Nu-Metal, while we cannot ignore the grooves of “Six Bathyspheres (I’ll Never Get Used To This)” and the Gang Of Four ode of the title track.
St. Lucifer have got themselves a loaded beast here. Music is Violence is a record driven by different voices, all with something to say. The collaborative element really helps push the material into becoming more than another angry voice in the crowd, and the band have boosted this further by shaking the instrumentation up in a way that adds a bit of groove and fury to the mix too. It’s fiery, catchy and so refreshing.