Seville death metallers Lightning were put together in 1990 and issued a debut demo in 1992. Carlos Enriquez of Dimension replaced Mario Escobar. Bassist Manuel Orta of Dimension would also soon join and leave again. A planned demo in 1994 called Ever Bleeding Would never materialized. The band issued yet a third demo called simply Lightning in 1996. Pedro Ruiz (vocals) and Manuel Orta (bass) left in 2005 and Carlos Enriquez returned. More shows were played before 2000’s Thought Decimation arrived. Xtreem records of Spain issued the band’s official full-length in 2006.
LIGHTNING - FILTHY HUMAN BEINGS - XTREEM
Lightning is described by Xtreem Music as one of Spain’s oldest metal bands having been originally formed in 1990. The band’s first demo was recorded and issued in 1992 giving the band a 15-year recording history, but one would not know it listening to what is a decidedly pedestrian full-length. There must have been reason the band had failed to garner any label interest all those years. Listening to Filthy Human Beings gives one ample clue, the album title’s discerning title aside.
There are many problems striking Lightning and its brand of 'extreme metal.' The band is old and one can hear it. The music is banal, uninspiring and linear to the point of monotony. The rudimentary riffing is only topped - surely wrong choice of words - by the growl-by-the-numbers voice of Carlos Enriquez. The man often has to resort to speaking his words to get by.
The song Bowed To The Stream has a Carcass-like guitar solo to its name, while Dreadful Heavenly Body extends the theme with a late Carcass riff or two. The vocals are mind-numbingly dumb though. Mask Of Sanity ends with some keyboards and a sound effect and the album’s closer Bleak Lands describes the mood perfectly and can be summed up by noting the unspectacular and plodding arrangement and style.
Lightning has no future and must surely be in possession of one of the more ironic monikers out there. Filthy Human Beings ranks right up there with the latest releases from Hallows Eve and Cancer as some of the more powerless underground albums out there. - Ali “The Metallian”