Lucifer Gunne is led by Rory McDonald, a singer/guitarist/songwriter from Wellington, NZ. Originally from the UK, Rory has been playing guitar since 2008, and started writing songs in 2014. Written in an alternative style with punk / metal influences.

Lucifer Gunne

Lucifer Gunne is led by Rory McDonald, a singer/guitarist/songwriter from Wellington, NZ. Originally from the UK, Rory has been playing guitar since 2008, and started writing songs in 2014. Written in an alternative style with punk / metal influences. 

The Red King was his first EP, led more as a solo project before meeting the rest of the band members Ben McHardy (Drums) Don Mackenzie (Guitar) and Steve Henwood (Guitar). The first single, HRM, mixes the old and new styles of the band, a concoction of the aggressive guitar riffs seen on The Red King, as well as some new catchy melodies to get stuck in your head. After more than a year of gigging, they are heading back into the studio for the 2nd single, Energenetic (release date early 2019). 

The standout songs recorded so far are track 2-Angels Mark, and track 4-Lucifers Ward from The Red King, and the latest single, HRM.
Follow the link presented below to download the The Red King, where Angels Mark, Lucifer’s Ward and the new single, HRM can be found included.

Pendulum

Independent Review: From the murky backwaters of Wellington comes Lucifer Gunne. 

Led by Rory McDonald, they are a becoming a solid force to be reckoned with in New Zealand’s rock underworld. In a scene that so easily repeats itself, it is extraordinarily refreshing to listen to an EP that takes its roots from a multitude of other genres – This isn’t just your standard rock/goth outfit. It’s an amalgamation of hard rock, punk, pop, goth and hip hop that gives Lucifer Gunne their own unique sound. 

For a first release, it shows great promise for sounds to come. Rory’s voice is developing into an incredibly interesting one. The first release for any singer in a band can be ground-breaking for their own development; they’re able to hear themselves like they never did before. Rory already has a solid command over a microphone with a deep, clear and projected voice, so it’s very promising for the rest of Lucifer Gunne’s body of work. 

The composition within these 5 tracks also shows that Rory is experimental, confident with different instrumentation and able to work without relying on the level of distortion on his guitar. That said – the ‘hit’ of the EP for me is clearly “Lucifer’s Ward”. It’s a solid pop song that’s all guitar and vocal with some nicely inserted harmonies. This one-man-and-his-guitar style has been done a million and more times, so to do it well and hold interest shows clear talent. It’s the rawest form of human musical expression, and Rory manages to captivate a multitude of emotion and ‘brown-note’ melodies in 2 minutes and 15 seconds. That’s pretty damn impressive. 

From the sound collages of “Intro” and “Outro”, the Foo-fighters-Nirvanaesque “Angel’s Mark”, the 

angst-ed Manson inspired “Pendulum” and the 90s-post-grunge inspired “Lucifer’s Ward”, it’s very freakin’ exciting to think of what Lucifer Gunne will come up with next.
-Review by Dan Alexis
Review by Music.net.nz 

An interesting short EP. Of the five tracks included, only three are of real substance, enclosed by the suitably named Intro and Outro. 

The second track, Angel’s Mark begins with some light, tranquil keys and guitar, quickly replaced by some fast paced rock guitar riffs. Rory McDonald has a rather unique vocal quality to him; an acoustic quality that I can’t quite put my finger on, but his focus on the lower vocal range and emphasis on the “ahh” and “arr” sounds of his music creates an unusual rolling vocal melody that is intriguingly different. The track itself has a similar tune to that of The Living End’s 1998 cover of Tainted Love, though the oral aspect comes across much closer to Marilyn Manson’s crooning in his own 2003 cover of the same song. 

Central track Pendulum, has a much stronger Manson aura to it for the first act, with an eclectic mix of instruments that would fit in well in a Tool or A Perfect Circle breakdown, before picking up the pace with a simple goth-inspired distorted guitar riff. A beautifully simple track, with a great natural pace that I could actually listen to for much longer than its 3 minute length. 

Lucifer’s Ward has a more mainstream rock sound to it. This ballad-style track is as basic as it can be, comprised of just vocals and an acoustic guitar. Vocals are meant as plural here, as the aspect that gives it great depth is the subtle harmonies in the backing vocals. The entire EP spans over eleven and a half minutes; like a fun size chocolate bar, I enjoyed it, but I’m craving more.