Much like Behemoth, 2005 sees these Black/Death speedsters make a major upgrade, turning from nothing but aimless snare punishment into a fine-tuned, well-oiled Death Metal machine. For some reason Nile seem to be the current reference point for substandard Black/Death bands looking to morph into juggernauts, as right from the opener, “The Cruzifixus-Anus Dei,” with its virtuoso Death Metal drumming and twisted Egyptian-style melodies, the influence is felt. The power emanating from this LP also echoes the more recent offerings from Decapitated and Morbid Angel, and I was not expecting “Sepulture of Hypocrisy” or “Kings Shall Be Kings,” which have to be these 13-year Austrian vets’ first forays into Doom territory. If you’re not familiar with Belphegor, fuck all their previous releases, this is the place to start. If you’re already a fan, congratulations on finally having some actual substance to cheer about.
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