What a roller coaster ride the career of Belphegor has been. Is a little consistency too much to ask for from these sick Austrian fucks? Starting out as a raw, lower tier Black Metal band is understandable and common, but looking at their last few releases shows a good-album, bad-album, good-album, bad-album pattern that is hard to explain. One would think by your 9th studio full-length you would have some kind of formula down. Why not stick with the dynamic Behemoth/Nile-infused Blackness that made Goatreich-Fleshcult and Bondage Goat Zombie such devastating albums? File Blood Magick Necromance under their “bad album” category. Maybe bad is the wrong word, how about excruciatingly boring? Speed, speed, speed, tired vocal, speed, tired vocal, speed, goat, speed, scream, goat, speed, cult, speed, sex, tired vocal, semen, goat… it’s even boring to read isn’t it? It’s such a waste of their ferocious talent. Even the Doomy “Discipline Through Punishment” has the same tedious feel as the fast songs due to Helmuth’s “somebody please wake me up” vocal vibe. Perhaps they are as tired of making the same recycled shit over and over again as I am of hearing it?
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