"Why Lucifer aren't the biggest sensation since Ghost is a mystery": Lucifer's fifth album is a deliciously subversive collection of dark should-be-hits, like Stevie Nicks fronting Black Sabbath

The fifth album from Stockholm-based Lucifer: Classic rock, if rock'n'roll really is the devil's music

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It's probably not the most obvious rock'n'roll fantasy out there, but what if Stevie Nicks sang for Black Sabbath? That question is answered on this and every other Lucifer album. Why they are not the biggest sensation since Ghost is a mystery to me.

With Lucifer V the satanic Stockholmers have returned with another powerhouse of an occult rock album. Frontwoman Johanna Platow is a leather-bound death goddess with the voice of a fallen angel, and she wails over some masterful Swedish doom'n'roll here with thick, meaty hooks born and bred for arenas. 

Whereas previous instalments have mined the hazy world of underground 70s rock for inspiration, V adds a decidedly 80s approach, from the Crüe-esque pop-metal riffs of A Coffin Has No Silver Lining to the hard radio rock of Riding Reaper and the over-the-top power balladry of Nothing Left To Lose But My Life.

Lucifer V is a deliciously subversive collection of dark should-be-hits.


Came from the sky like a 747. Classic Rock’s least-reputable byline-grabber since 2003. Several decades deep into the music industry. Got fired from an early incarnation of Anal C**t after one show. 30 years later, got fired from the New York Times after one week. Likes rock and hates everything else. Still believes in Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction, against all better judgment.