"Demo" (Self-produced)

Reviewed by Jason Savage

Lucubro comes straight from the heart of New England, Worcester, MA. Formed in January 2001, the members of Lucubro found themselves back in a music scene that they had not been part of for quite some time. 

Consisting of bassist Heath Thayer, guitarist Jeff Provost, drummer Steve Provost and vocalist Krista Van Guilder, Lucubro blends a solid hard rock landscape. Drawing influences from Black Sabbath and Alice in Chains, Lucubro, which is Latin for "I work at night," presents an interesting four-song EP.

"Held Within," relates a tale of a relationship gone bad, a recurring theme throughout this noble effort. Krista has been likened to everyone from Grace Slick, to Pat Benatar to Ann Wilson. The biggest difference is that these three classic singers didn't have this type of heavy guitar accompaniment behind them. The song flows well as she wails her pain away.

"Heaven Can't Wait" brings forth thick Alice in Chains-influenced references. I wish I could create a better visual image here but this is one of those CDs you have to hear to believe. Picturing a female singer for AIC is something most of you probably couldn't fathom, but it works in this case. The riffs in this track cross over into Black Sabbath territory as well, more comparable to "Letters From Earth," off of Sabbath's "Dehumanizer."

The final two tracks, "Afraid to Be Alone" and "Another World," carry us in a similar direction. 

I look forward to hearing what they come up with in a full length format. Lucubro definitely has what it takes to succeed in this business. Combine their fresh perspectives on older chunky, guitar chords and throw in female vox for a pretty cool mix.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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