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LUX OCCULTA is a progressive/ avant garde black metal act from Krakow, Poland. The group was formed in 1994 and released their debut full-length studio album Forever Alone in 1996 after recording their debut demo The Forgotten Arts in 1995. LUX OCCULTA has so far released 4 full-length studio albums. The latest being "The Mother and the Enemy" from 2001. Currently, the band are working on a new album.

There have been some lineup changes since the founding of the band. The most interesting one happened in 1998 when guitarist Peter G' Ames and bassist Jackie was replaced by DECAPITATED members Vogg (Guitar) and Martin (Bass).

LUX OCCULTA have toured with the likes of OPETH, BEHEMOTH and TIAMAT.

LUX OCCULTA started out playing symphonic black metal but has on later releases incorporated unpredictable time changes and avant garde elements into their sound thus making them interesting for fans of progressive extreme metal.

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My GuardianMy Guardian
Metal Mind Poland 2006
Audio CD$936.84
$39.99 (used)
The Mother And The EnemyThe Mother And The Enemy
Metal Mind 2007
Audio CD$15.94
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Metal Mind Poland 2002
Audio CD$199.66
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Pagan Records
Audio CD$30.08
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Forever Alone ImmortalForever Alone Immortal
Metal Mind Records 2000
Audio CD$26.51 (used)
Maior ArcanaMaior Arcana
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My Guardian AngerMy Guardian Anger
Metal Mind 2006
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4.14 | 7 ratings
Forever Alone, Immortal
4.33 | 6 ratings
4.38 | 8 ratings
My Guardian Anger
4.13 | 8 ratings
The Mother and the Enemy
4.57 | 5 ratings

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3.33 | 3 ratings
Maior Arcana: (The Words That Turn Flesh Into Light)

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4.00 | 1 ratings
The Forgotten Arts


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4.57 | 5 ratings

Lux Occulta Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by CassandraLeo

5 stars When a band reappears after over a decade of silence, any of a number of things can happen. The band can carry on as if no time had passed whatsoever, releasing music that is clearly of a piece with their earlier work, as Änglagård did. They can experiment with their sound, making music that is a progression from their earlier work but still clearly the work of the same band, as My Bloody Valentine and Gorguts did. Or they can just throw all the rules out the window entirely and release material that doesn't even sound like the work of the same band.

Poland's erstwhile black metal band Lux Occulta opted for the latter option. While there are a few metallic moments on this album, they are few and far between, and they have far more to do with industrial metal than they do with black metal (what's more, the trademark harsh vocals of the genre are almost nowhere to be found). The non-metal parts of the band's previous record, The Mother and the Enemy, offer vague clues to some of the places the band have taken their sound (avant-garde jazz, electronica), but more of the record is new ground entirely. Not just for the band, but for music itself. The list of genres on Wikipedia gives you a vague idea what you're in for ("electronic rock, free jazz, avant-garde rock/metal, spoken word"), as does the list of instruments (which includes accordion, violin, trumpet, double bass, and cajón), but even that won't prepare you for how utterly weird this album is. Where else can you hear accordions and violins duel with industrial guitar riffs and samples of Polish folk music? The diversity of this album bears mention as well. While the album maintains a consistent atmosphere throughout, not one song sounds like any other, and in fact even within the same song you will frequently hear a wide range of stylistic ground covered.

There is nothing else like this album in existence, and it is a mind trip like little else you will hear this year or any other. Strongly recommended.


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