Belphegor - Bondage Goat Zombie

Posted on Sunday, September 05, 2010

Listening to this newest, seventh output from Austria’s Belphegor, I am still amazed at how far they’ve come. When you think about the joke Black Metal band they used to be, it becomes clear that, fail or succeed, they make a conscious effort to make each album better than the last. In 2008, Belphegor is a machine. A machine that creates extremely well-produced, blasting, blasphemous sickness. What’s more prevalent then ever before are the infectious melodies like those found on the title track and “Justine: Soaked in Blood.” There’s even mammoth groove this time around (“Sexdictator Lucifer” and “The Sukkubus Lustrate”). As is the case with every Belphegor album, there is some filler here and there, not to mention some outright Behemoth theft (“Chronicles of Crime”), but the continued improvement in songwriting and structural variety assures that Bondage Goat Zombie is probably their best work ever. At the very least a dead tie with breakthrough album Goatreich - Fleshcult.

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