Sound — 9
You know a death metal band is great when every flick of the guitarist's wrist sounds like a punch in the face. Luciferion create this effect and coupled with their killer riffs, occasional harmonies, able use of keyboards and general evil sound, you can't help but love Demonicon: the Manifest. The riffs are heavily thrash influenced, and the music rarely slows down past breakneck speed, but it does at the right times and in the right ways. There are some great harmonies in here that would have most Melodeath bands semi-conscious and vomiting helplessly. The keyboards can be a bit cheesy sounding at times, but I guess I'm just pre-disposed to find keyboards in death metal cheesy sounding. The keyboards most of the time do add to the music but at other times you're waiting for them to turn off.
Lyrics — 7
Lyrically, Luciferion can be described as a version of early Deicide that can be taken more seriously. They certainly aren't ultra-serious or well-researched Satanists but they are still good. Vocally, they are pretty standard death metal, not that that's a bad thing. At least they don't try any cleans like Acrostichon and the singer can definitely growl. Think of Autopsy's Severed Survival for a comparison.
Overall Impression — 8
Although not very original or innovative, Luciferion combine all the elements of old-school death metal that are good and with their satanic themes, you can't help but think 'this is the album that Once Upon the Cross should have been'. I say that because the most prominent influence here is undeniably Deicide's Legion, and in my opinion, this is even better than Legion. The riffs are better, the lyrics can be taken a bit more seriously, the vocals are better, and the melody and atmosphere here that was missing on Legion makes the music far deeper, more powerful and more evil than anything Deicide ever managed. Essentially, Demonicon is a continuation of Deicide's early style, improving on what was already a classic death metal album (Legion).