Let me begin by saying that Casus Luciferi is probably the most listenable Abruptum album to date. That being said, it is also necessary to note that most of Abruptum’s material is essentially unlistenable - their first two albums in particular. This release marks the first outing of the band without founding member It. Evil (aka Morgan from Marduk) is going it alone and as such, the sound of Abruptum has changed considerably. Gone are the sounds of band members being tortured and the insane, almost random song structures. Replacing these elements of the “classic” Abruptum sound are the sounds of militant Industrial and hints of Dark Ambient. Personally, I would have changed the band’s name to reflect the new direction and the fact that none of the original members remain with the band. This is Morgan’s solo militant Industrial project, not Abruptum in the original sense. There is little or no connection between Casus Luciferi and any of the earlier Abruptum albums. Musically, this is OK but not great. There are some interesting ideas here but when you use the name Abruptum, it carries with it a lot of musical baggage. The sound has changed to such a degree that if you threw this on without telling anyone it was Abruptum, they would never guess who it was.
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