Despite the fact that there is nothing really new on The Lucifer Principle, in terms of sound or technique, an inconceivable degree of originality is immediately perceived already in the first moments of the first track. With a lucid, sinister and cautious black metal style, Panzerfaust reevaluates the sphere of interaction upon which the genre solidifies its lugubrious sonorous proposal, corroding with their ominous melodies the most imperceptive traits hidden in the dark abysses of the human behavior.
The sound is a typically sinister black metal symphony, that relies more on the fear evoked by its conspicuous harmonies, than any aggression inserted at the verge of the style. With coherence, strength and a fearless imposition of their own standards, Panzerfaust does a very decent work on The Lucifer Principle. Although the album is a little bit short, black metal enthusiasts will certainly be delighted with this release.
The last track is a very good surprise as well. A black metal styled cover of a Johnny Cash song, God's Gonna Cut You Down was reignited as a formidable black metal anthem, with acute, primordial and stringent guitars, that revolve around a proverbial system of shadows, casting aside the most funereal harmonies ever conceived in the history of the genre. An astounding, superb and excellent rereading of a beautiful song in a very different genre, the final track certainly is the cherry on the top of the cake.
The Lucifer Principle, by Panzerfaust, is a very good album. Effectively working on its own genuine style of black metal, this record has all the qualities required to reach and please its audience. With an almost total absence of negative aspects – even the length of the album is marvelous, being exceedingly objective and direct to the point – evidently, the Lucifer Principle is a major record, fundamental for understanding the evolution of black metal, in the contemporary scene.