My only previous experience with Belphegor was about a year back when I heard just a couple songs from their release Blutsabbath. I didn’t get to hear enough of their music to form a solid opinion of this band one way or the other. After spinning Necrodaemon Terrorsathan my opinion is definitely solidified. This Austrian outfit is magnificently brutal! What we have here is an amazing display of heavy Death Metal with an obvious Black Metal foundation. The guitar melodies lean more towards the Black Metal end of the spectrum while the vocals and drumming are clearly of a Death Metal nature. Belphegor’s sound blends elements of Marduk, Myrkskog, and recent Behemoth to create a blasting assault armed to the teeth with hatred and aggression. Make no mistake though, these guys aren’t stealing ideas or riffs from the aforementioned bands. They are listed here simply as a point of reference. Necrodaemon Terrorsathan has more than its share of originality and creativity. So much so, in fact, that I’m surprised I haven’t read more about it in the many zines I collect. I’m a little puzzled with the production. I can’t make up my mind if it favors the Black Metal side or the Death Metal side. Either way, I am very pleased with the way it turned out. This is yet another band whose back-catalog I’ll be investigating because the new release is so incredible. If I’m not mistaken, they have 2 previous releases - Blutsabbath and The Last Supper. Releases like this latest effort by Belphegor are a major reason I live for extreme music. You’ve got to hear this!
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