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Almost exactly two years ago we premiered a blood-freezing track from Progenies Ov Light, the second album by the Cuban black metal band Skjult, through which its lone member Conspirator channeled dark and devilish creative impulses. Now we have the good fortune of premiering a song from the band’s forthcoming third full-length, Lucifer Hominum Salvator, which is coming out on March 17th via Satanath Records.

 

While still driven by devotion to Luciferian anticosmic themes, Skjult has followed a path of musical progression, which was evident in the movement from the first album to the second, and is evident again through this third record, which Satanath correctly sums up as more melodic, less raw, impressively dynamic, and propelled more deeply into the depths of hell. The music raises memories of early Watain, Necrophobic, Valkyrja, and early Dark Funeral, and we have a prime example of these sensations in this new track, “The Sight“.

 

In its overarching atmosphere, this new song is perilous and poisonous, chilling in its effect, yet a musically nuanced experience that becomes increasingly enthralling.

 

Mid-paced and deeply menacing at first, the music pairs seething tremolo’d riffing with variable drum rhythms that are both ritualistic and crazed. After a brief pause following the song’s opening movement, the riffing transforms into an urgent, rapid pulse, with maniacal drum-bursts and a pestilential, demonic voice venting rage and cruelty.

 

Throughout the song, the drumming remains a vibrant and unpredictable presence, while the whirring, multi-layered chords and rapidly flickering leads channel feverish frenzy and chilling bleakness, and strummed fretwork transmutes the sound into flares of dangerous grandeur. The vocals themselves also morph, mutating between grating wolfish growls, imperious, roaring proclamations, and wild cries, further adding to the song’s frightening dynamism

 

Lucifer Hominum Salvator was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Profane Misanthropic Craft Studios in Havana, Cuba. The design and layout of the album are the work of Misanthropic Craft Designs.

 

 

https://www.nocleansinging.com/2020/02/05/an-ncs-premiere-skjult-the-sight/

La sangre chorreaba altar abajo mientras que la joven aún convulsionaba. Mientras tanto, el hechicero le daba pequeños sorbos al cáliz repleto de sangre de la víctima. Todo había salido según lo previsto. Un año más, la ofrenda a Satán se había realizado con éxito. Cuando terminase de ingerir todo el líquido escarlata limpiaría el lugar, se pondría de nuevo su inmaculado traje y volvería a la oficina. En unos días, fingiría primero preocupación y después tristeza por el fallecimiento de la muchacha. Ella era su secretaría. Desde el primer momento la vio como una presa fácil. No tardó más que unas semanas en engatusarla. Después de lo que parecía una velada maravillosa la drogó para usarla como sacrificio al Rey del Averno. Era la segunda que mataba, y si tenía cuidado, podría seguir honrando al Diablo toda la vida…

Bienvenidos al universo de Skjult.

 

La One Man Band de Black Metal Skjult, lanzó el 17 de marzo de 2020 su segundo L.P «Lucifer Hominum Salvator» gracias a Satanath Records.

 

 

 

Conspirator es el hombre que está detrás del proyecto, haciéndose cargo de todos los instrumentos y las voces.

 

Hermanos del «Metal Negro», no os podéis perder el tercer disco del cubano. Los temas, además de estar cargados con una maldad insana, demuestran un dinamismo estructural extraordinario. Sin embargo, no todo es maravilloso. Con vuestro permiso, procedo a explicarme. Es cierto que de forma individual y aislada las instrumentales ‘The Way Back to the Source‘ y ‘The Fall‘ funcionan bien. El problema llegó al colocarlas una detrás de otra, ya que acaba por restarle intensidad a la escucha del Elepé. Crean un innecesario parón que sin duda pasa factura a la hora de puntuarlo. No quiero que penséis mal, vais a disfrutar como cerdos revolcándoos en un charco de barro con la escucha del redondo en cuestión. No obstante, hubiese sido una mejor experiencia sonora con tan solo poner los tracks anteriormente mencionados en posiciones donde no sonasen de forma correlativa.

La producción es perfecta, mientras que el artwork es efectivo a la par que nihilista.

 

 

 

Escalofriantes y más frías que un tempano de hielo son las seis cuerdas. El escaparate de riffs por tonada es digno de ovación teniendo en cuenta del género que estamos hablando. Las acometidas de tremolo picking os van a dejar traumatizados. Las dobles armonías, sin que se abusen de ellas están presentes a lo largo del Long Play.

 

El registro que predomina es el shrieks más macabro. Como sorpresa, toparéis con tonos susurrantes y clean vocals en…. Descubridlo por vosotros mismos.

 

La percusión os volará los sesos. ¡Tremendo festival de cambios de recorrido!

 

Recalcaría ‘Under the Serpent’s Banner‘, ‘The Sight‘ y ‘A Star Down Below‘. Os aseguro que son acongojantes. Prestadle especial atención, hacedme caso.

 

 

 

Poco más puedo añadir. Juzgad por vosotros mismos. Para hacerlo solo podéis hacer una cosa: oírlo en su totalidad al Long Play que ha protagonizado la reseña de hoy.

 

http://www.brokentombmagazine.com/2020/05/04/critica-skjult-lucifer-hominum-salvator-2020/

 

 

Screen of review.

 

https://www.dargedik.com/2020/05/skjult-lucifer-hominum-salvator-2020.html

 

 

"Lucifer Hominum Salvator" é o título do mais novo álbum da banda de Black Metal cubana Skjult.

 

Lançado em 17 de março; entrega ao ouvinte uma verdadeira ambientação de caos e agressividade

Sua produção mantém um nível bom e consegue imprimir boa qualidade de melodias em sua vertente.

 

Em seus quase 47 minutos, despeja riffs, brutalidade e ferocidade sem moderação!

 

Para quem não sabe, a banda tem apenas um membro/líder intitulado de Conspirator, trazendo suas mais variadas inspirações para o som que produz.

 

No geral, momentos inspirados e que enriquecem o estilo, cativa rapidamente os mais adeptos aos conceitos e claro, se mantém bem durante as transições.

 

 

Ouça e recomende!

 

http://rockvibrationsofficial.blogspot.com/2020/05/skjult-lucifer-hominum-salvator-review.html

 

 

I may well be out of date with my knowledge, but I seem to remember from the Buena Vista Social Club movie that all musicians in Cuba are employed by the government. If that's still the case, it's wicked that Conspirator, the man behind Skjuld, ought to count because he sings and plays black metal, hardly the sort of music we expect from the land of Fidel. I have no idea what sort of audience he gets but all power to him for doing this to begin with and doing it for long enough to put out three albums.

 

Conspirator does everything on this album and it's so well produced that we can hear all of it. The wall of sound here comes from the guitars, which are right up there with the vocals in the mix. The drums are a little buried and are sometimes slower, which is intriguing, but they know exactly how to ramp up the pace when needed, such as on Under the Serpent's Banner, which truly blisters. Whatever speed they are, I should add that they're always urgent.

 

I liked this from the outset, with the Black Sabbath touches that kick off Lawless God, but it gets better and better. The Sight is an impressive demonstration of how black metal doesn't have to blister to carry power and weight. Here, the drums actually outpace the slower guitar for the first half, which is just as evocatively evil and paints just as much of the soundscape Conspirator is conjuring up. That goes triple for The Way Back to the Source, which is a sheer delight of an instrumental. I adore that guitar tone.

 

The Fall is an interlude that leads us into A Star Down Below, my other easy favourite here. It has a huge sound and it maintains a fantastic old school groove. Midway through, it almost turns into a black metal version of Agent Steel, translating the speed metal blitzkrieg of 144,000 Gone into a wildly different style. It takes its time getting there, though, building up to it magnificently. Sacred Flames follows up with more galloping speed metal with a black metal overlay. It's elevated by a second vocal at points.

 

That just leaves the title track, which really didn't the suffix of (Ritual) because it's clearly a ritual piece even before the chants begin, taking me back to the seventies and the shenanigans of bands like Atomic Rooster and Black Widow. The music behind them is slow, heavy and hypnotic and, in other hands with a different guitar tone, this song could be doom metal. Again, it plays as a duet, with evil vocals countering the hopeful chant, and that's a glorious way to do this.

 

What I've been finding lately with a lot of one man bands is that the people behind them are multitalented but often better at one thing. They may be the bees knees on guitar but their vocals are more average, or vice versa. Here, I could see Conspirator being just a vocalist or just a guitarist and being worthy of praise even restricted to one role. Hilariously, it seems that he mostly plays bass, performing in that vein for Dawn of Madness, Heretik, the Chaos Nether Silence, Darkening and presumably others.

 

If that isn't enough to keep him busy, I should remind that he plays every part here and also does everything for Shrine ov Absurd, who knocked out an album somewhere in between the three he's done as Skjult. Clearly there's a black metal underground scene in Havana and, if it all sounds like this, I'm eager to seek out more.

 

https://www.apocalypselatermusic.com/2020/03/skjult-lucifer-hominum-salvator-2020.html

 

Skjult  are  a  solo  project  from  Cuba  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Lucifer  Hominum  Salvator"  which  was  released  by Satanath  Records.

 

  Dark  sounding  melodies  start  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.

 

  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition  without  sounding  outdated while  the  tremolo  picking  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized,

 

  Growls  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  also  being  an  instrumental  and  also  introducing  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  album  as  well  as  some  ritualistic  elements  also  being  brought  intro  the  music  on  a  interlude  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  latter  songs  also  adds  in  clean  playing,  whispers,  melodic  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Luciferian,  Death  and  Vision  themes.

 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Skjult  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.

 

http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/04/skjultlucifer-hominum-salvatorsatanath.html

 

I may well be out of date with my knowledge, but I seem to remember from the Buena Vista Social Club movie that all musicians in Cuba are employed by the government. If that's still the case, it's wicked that Conspirator, the man behind Skjuld, ought to count because he sings and plays black metal, hardly the sort of music we expect from the land of Fidel. I have no idea what sort of audience he gets but all power to him for doing this to begin with and doing it for long enough to put out three albums.

 

Conspirator does everything on this album and it's so well produced that we can hear all of it. The wall of sound here comes from the guitars, which are right up there with the vocals in the mix. The drums are a little buried and are sometimes slower, which is intriguing, but they know exactly how to ramp up the pace when needed, such as on Under the Serpent's Banner, which truly blisters. Whatever speed they are, I should add that they're always urgent.

 

I liked this from the outset, with the Black Sabbath touches that kick off Lawless God, but it gets better and better. The Sight is an impressive demonstration of how black metal doesn't have to blister to carry power and weight. Here, the drums actually outpace the slower guitar for the first half, which is just as evocatively evil and paints just as much of the soundscape Conspirator is conjuring up. That goes triple for The Way Back to the Source, which is a sheer delight of an instrumental. I adore that guitar tone.

 

The Fall is an interlude that leads us into A Star Down Below, my other easy favourite here. It has a huge sound and it maintains a fantastic old school groove. Midway through, it almost turns into a black metal version of Agent Steel, translating the speed metal blitzkrieg of 144,000 Gone into a wildly different style. It takes its time getting there, though, building up to it magnificently. Sacred Flames follows up with more galloping speed metal with a black metal overlay. It's elevated by a second vocal at points.

 

That just leaves the title track, which really didn't the suffix of (Ritual) because it's clearly a ritual piece even before the chants begin, taking me back to the seventies and the shenanigans of bands like Atomic Rooster and Black Widow. The music behind them is slow, heavy and hypnotic and, in other hands with a different guitar tone, this song could be doom metal. Again, it plays as a duet, with evil vocals countering the hopeful chant, and that's a glorious way to do this.

 

What I've been finding lately with a lot of one man bands is that the people behind them are multitalented but often better at one thing. They may be the bees knees on guitar but their vocals are more average, or vice versa. Here, I could see Conspirator being just a vocalist or just a guitarist and being worthy of praise even restricted to one role. Hilariously, it seems that he mostly plays bass, performing in that vein for Dawn of Madness, Heretik, the Chaos Nether Silence, Darkening and presumably others.

 

If that isn't enough to keep him busy, I should remind that he plays every part here and also does everything for Shrine ov Absurd, who knocked out an album somewhere in between the three he's done as Skjult. Clearly there's a black metal underground scene in Havana and, if it all sounds like this, I'm eager to seek out more.

 

https://www.apocalypselatermusic.com/2020/03/skjult-lucifer-hominum-salvator-2020.html