While Lucertola are a
relatively new band, it's members are far from newbies to the scene.
Frontman Josh Christian and guitarist Tad Leger have logged endless
stage and studio hours together in the seminal and highly influential
Westchester,NY thrash band Toxik. Tad has also been lending his drum
prowess to the classic doom outfit Blood Farmers as of late. Lucertola
skinsman Ben Policello is also my metal brother and fellow bandmate in
Left In Ruins. The 3 song promo disk currently available from Lucertola,
is chock full of slow, heavy horror driven doom metal with a true and
pure old school vibe. "Burning Breathing" immediately calls to mind
classic St. Vitus with it's epic intro and punchy verse and chorus
riffs. The crawling bridge in this tune, reminds this reviewer of
"Draconian Times"-era Paradise Lost. Part of what makes Lucertola stand
out from the doom metal pack, is the vocal stylings of Josh Christian.
His phrasing has an undertone that calls to mind vintage Mike Muir of
Suicidal Tendencies, mixed with a soulful, power metal influence
reminiscent of Evergrey's Tom Englund. "God's Bloody Acre" unleashes
more sludgy riffs, with a very brooding, almost unsettling vibe. The
changes push and pull the mood of the song back and forth like you wont
find in many doom metal bands songs. Flavors of early Tool shine through
as well as classic Black Sabbath, and the bridge with it's southern
flavored slide guitar solo get the Down fan in me pumped! "Sentient" is
Lucertola's "Mellow song". Not quite what you'd consider a ballad, more
like this bands version of the Sabbath classic "Planet Caravan" or
Down's "Jail". The gentle guitar lines and silky vocal harmonies make
you want to put your feet up and float away, just escape into the music.
I think I can speak for most of us reading this when I say I've felt
like "I want to feel the sun, no longer over me" as the lyrics strike a
deep nerve in the outro to this melancholy opus. If this is what
Lucertola are serving up in their 3 song promo, then I'm salivating in
wait to hear what they are going to turn out in their full length
offering. More recording and hopefully more shows are what this band
have in store for us, so go find Lucertola on Facebook, click that
"Like" button and inquire on how to get a copy of this awesome disk.
Keep your ears open, I have a feeling Lucertola are going to shake the
foundation of the doom underground sooner than later! You can hear
Lucertola on The Shroud, every Monday night from 9pm to 12am EST at www.brutalexistenceradio.com.