Led by the wailing majesty of front woman Johanna Sadonis with dark, heavy slabs of vintage metal thunder and witchy, occultist menace, German rock powerhouse Lucifer are unashamedly cast from the same mould as the great British metal gods of the 1970s. Born in East Germany, Sadonis started singing in bands when she was just 14 years old and was a keen part of Berlin's black metal scene in the 1990s, running local club nights when she decided to form The Oath in 2012 with Swedish guitarist Linnea Olson. Although the band's raw, vintage riffs and sizzling chemistry quickly made them cult, doom-rock favourites in Europe, they split suddenly after only one album in 2014.
The shock of the break-up gave Sadonis a new lease of life however, and with the help of former Cathedral guitarist Gary Jennings, Ladytron's touring bass player Dino Gollnick and Angel Witch drummer Andrew Prestridge, Lucifer was born out of a renewed love for the likes of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Blue Öyster Cult. Signed to Rise Above Records, their debut album 'Lucifer I' was a triumphantly twisted celebration of classic rock swagger and black magic weirdness, with Sadonis establishing herself as a captivating performer and off-beat songwriter. They returned with a new line-up featuring Sadonis, guitarist Robin Tidebrink and drummer Nicke Andersson from Entombed in 2018, and their second album 'Lucifer II' was an even more melodic, bluesy slice of heavy rock grooves and gothic, outsider curiosities.
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