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Lucifer Star Machine's The Devil's Breath: heavy-duty, puke-on-your-shoes rock’n’roll

UK sleaze dealers Lucifer Star Machine serve up a feast of bracing motor-rock on The Devil's Breath

Lucifer Star Machine: The Devil's Breath
(Image: © The Sign Records)

Fourth album from these unrepentant British fire spitters. The beauty of this band is that everything is right up-front. 

From the album’s cover (a gorgeous, Famous Monsters-y painting of a bloodied but unbowed Satan) to hammer-to-the-head song titles like Eat Dust and Evil Blood, Lucifer Star Machine let you know from the first chord that this is gonna be about blood, guts and searing, heavy-duty, puke-on-your-shoes rock’n’roll.

Stylistically they wrap frequently pretty 50s-era melodies around brain-rattling punk’n’roll guitars and slather it all in a grimy, greasy atmosphere of some neon-splattered B-movie. 

Highlights include the Misfits-y death crooner Baby When You Cry, the hooky sleaze rock of Midnight Crawler, and the punky scream-along anthem Cruel Hearts

The title song is a fucking ballad, but luckily for the more feral rockers among us they stick that one at the end.

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.