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Luxifer - European Resurrection

WE REVIEW THE NEW SINGLE FROM LUXIFER – EUROPEAN RESURRECTION

Hailing from Luxembourg are the quartet Luxifer, who present their latest single, ‘European Resurrection’. This is a track very much influenced by early punk, as it comes across as very raw, with a focus on lyrics and not so much the vocal performance itself. There is definitely some potential here. However, it misses the mark in a few key areas.

The song begins with a bass introduction before kicking in with the full band, and this is where one of the first issues presents itself. The opening drum fill sounds a little sloppy and doesn’t seem to transition well into the main drum section in the introduction.

The bass comes across as quite muffled and has nowhere near enough bite, almost as if it was recorded on old strings. For a song like this, I feel like a bass needs to cut through the mix a lot more as it drives the song forward. It’s a bit of a missed opportunity here. Once the rest of the instruments kick in this becomes more apparent as it drowns into the mix as the guitars seem to dominate the soundscape.

The production here isn’t too great. All the instruments here just sound a little dull and don’t feature much in terms of crispness. The guitar seems to dominate the mix, and the lack of high-end from the drums, as well as any kind of drive for the bass, just seems to drown the rest of the instruments out. The guitar itself is a little over-produced, contrary to the rest. The phasing/chorus effect on the rhythm guitar is a little too much and takes away from the raw punk sound this song is going for. The overall quality of the guitar suffers as a result of this and it’s a real shame.

The chorus is pretty catchy, with a simple yet fun vocal melody that features a surprising amount of flair, demonstrated by the fun little phrase at the end of the chorus. The main vocal in this song is decent and is the most fun component of the song. I’m also a fan of the lead guitar sections in this track, with a simple octave lead over the chorus which is a nice addition. I must also add that the solo in the middle is excellent and took me completely off guard.

The final line in the final pre-chorus comes across as a little rushed. A suggestion for the vocals on the final couple of lines. Instead of ‘and when you break down in despair, that’s when you find out that there’s no one there’, perhaps change it to ‘that’s when you break down in despair, and you find that no one’s there’. I say this because I think there are too many words in that final line as it is, hence the rushed delivery. Don’t be afraid to play about with words, move them around or cut certain words to help with the flow. This will bring with it a more clear delivery and should make it easier to prepare your breathing.

Additionally, the vocal harmony in the final chorus doesn’t work so well. I can see what they were going for, however the higher notes are noticeably flat. From experience, I know that backing vocals are usually one of the very last components recorded in a studio, and I think that a few more takes and a little more time spent here would have fixed the issue.

The song itself sounds very ‘punk’ in its nature. It is short, to-the-point, aggressive, and wouldn’t sound out of place on an early 2000s skateboarding video. Though it is nowhere near perfect, one of the beauties of punk rock is the raw sound it produces, bringing with it a very timeless feeling when listening to it. Despite the issues I have outlined with this song, there is still a certain amount of charm within its runtime.

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