Well, that's certainly one way to kick start a riot . Having teased a 'big' and 'violent' second LP for almost a year now, St Lucifer return - trailering the main event with not one, but two EPs - containing 8 new tracks across the two releases and showcasing the sheer range of sonic tricks and surprises now at their disposal.
Crucible kicks off proceedings - their most 'pop' moment since Junk Days - brash, confident and positively throbbing with synth driven energy - at least three anthemic choruses and a guitar line which starts off as a shimmering John McGeogh counter melody but ends up making the best case for the band's self-styled (and formerly tongue-in-cheek) claim to make 'blackmetalgaydisco'.
The rest of the first EP showcases three very different sides to St Lucifer - including two distinct, yet equally poignant farewells to departed band members .
The Ballad of Mickey Strangeways is an utterly bonkers Chap-hop/Drum'n'Bass/Cramps Acid-Bath - literally like nothing else St Lucifer (or anyone else) has ever recorded. Original drummer Charlie Bergmann was anything but shy and retiring - and (amongst other projects) now runs the hand-crafted retro-clothes label Mickey Strangeways. Hearing is believing.
An incendiary take on the Big Black classic Kerosene (is there any other way to cover it?) flips the tone back into full-frontal guitar assault mode - before giving way to the most radical/sprawling track of St Lucifer's career to date.
Van Der Lubbe Must Die is anything but a 'remix' - literally tearing the basic components of their debut single (from back in 2016) down to sub-atomic level and then reassembling them. The result is a 15 plus minute evolving dronescape which begins like 'Music for Haunted Airports' and ends with clattering breakbeats and former vocalist Alex Lee original lead vocal 'ghosting' into the night.