Lucifer's Chalice - The Pact (CD)
Hailing from the UK, with members concurrently doing time in such bands as Winds of Genocide, Uncoffined, and an ex member of the new SHADOW KINGDOM signees HORRIFIED, the four-piece LUCIFER'S CHALICE play pure 'n' true DOOM for total doom MANIACS! Sounding as old as time itself, the eldritch atmosphere of The Pact is brewed in the foundational NWOBHM sounds of Witchfinder General and then steeped in witchcraft across the centuries and across continents. Its heaviness is forlorn yet yearning, unrepentantly dark but searching for light, plumbing doom metal's most abyssal recesses but equally brimming with the true metal spirit that defined the early '80s metal scene: doom metal may be the chosen genre of LUCIFER'S CHALICE, but they inherently understand its total essence and the building blocks which made it in the first place, and thus span the whole panoply of metal and rock from 1977-1984. As such, across four epic-length tracks in a concise 'n' cutting 36 minutes, The Pact takes the listener on a moonlit journey across misty moors and through cobwebbed catacombs, from tragedy to triumph and back to tragedy again, inhabiting the subconscious of both the accuser and the accused. Originally self-released digitally earlier this year, SHADOW KINGDOM now steps in to unveil The Pact to a larger audience for which there's no returning from this covenant of TOTAL DOOM!