Nuclearhammer – Serpentine Hermetic Lucifer [Canada, Black/Death] (2014)

Nuclear War Now! Productions |6-1-14

Nuclear War Now! Productions |6-1-14

Well, here we go. I guess it is time to clean up everything with one sweep of destruction. Goodbye world and universe and may you enjoy the aftermath of chaotic nothingness with the sweet sounds of Nuclearhammer. If you ever wanted to remind yourself that yes there is music which abandons all the tenets of structure and consonance then let Serpentine Hermetic Lucifer be a gentle reminder of a place which exists in utter abandon.

Nuclearhammer is from Cananda and plays a style of black/death similar to Portal. In fact, Portal is a very good starting point and the band embraces the same inverted chaos where the guitars are used as atmophere and songs come as tools for destruction rather than sources of entertainment. Additionally, Serpentine Hermetic Lucifer weaves their songs together by unnerving segments of mechanical drone. With strange mathematical and alin song titles like “H3po4 (Orthophosphoric Acid)” and “Cosmic Atomic Hypnosis,” Nuclearhammer seems concerned with hatred on an astronomical level.

Serpentine Hermetic Lucifer is an intense record though I feel it never wanted to be anything else. Though the drone segments are under a minute, they still provide brief resting periods of weirdness before the next 6 to 12 minutes of madness. Nuclearhammer has condensed the brutality of black/death into 5 long tracks and a whole bunch of confusion in the middle. At times I look back on my descent into heavy metal and are thankful for things like Serpentine Hermetic Lucifer. As I go further into darkness, I can use these things to measure how far I really have fallen. Fuck it, we are all going to perish anyway, so might as well go out screaming and on fire.