Review: Belphegor “Necrodaemon Terrorsathan” [Nuclear Blast Records]

Review: Belphegor “Necrodaemon Terrorsathan” [Nuclear Blast Records]

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Belphegor is a band that has essentially been established as one of the main pillars in the blackened death metal subgenre. Formed in 1993, they have released 11 full-length albums and have helped to define and advance the fusion of death and black metal without leaning too far in either direction. Necrodaemon Terrorsathan was originally released in 2000 as their third full length, and now, 20 years later, it remains relevant to this day. The remastered album contains a modern re-recording of the title track as the band prepares the world for their next album. Belphegor waste no time in assaulting the listener with pure unadulterated chaos, tremolo riffs bearing a touch of melody similar to Dark Funeral paired with the technicality and rhythmic elements of death metal. This is the story of Necrodaemon Terrorsathan, each song exploring a different aspect of this sound fusion with each track delivering aggression and speed in abundance. The slower sections such as the middle/ ending of the title track, and brief parts of Tanzwut Totengesange bear resemblance to some of the 90’s American death metal acts. Though sounding somewhat similar to their peers (in the best ways possible), Belphegor still forged a new and unique sound of their own which many younger bands have tried to replicate, and their influence cannot be stated enough. Although there is not a ton of variety between the tracks, the quality of the music and the masterful way of blending two quite distinct genres stands out amongst other releases in the 2000s. The modern production makes this slightly more accessible to a younger audience who may not have been old enough to be part of the scene in the 90s/2000s. The mix sounds crisp, the drums thick and holding the weight of the guitar melodies quite nicely. It sounds very full and encompassing and does the tracks justice. Overall, this album represents Belphegor well, and the majority of their discography is flawless. The band remained on an upward trajectory since this release, gaining worldwide acclaim with this and subsequent albums, and remastering Necrodaemon Terrorsathan in 2020 was a great way to remind the world they are and have always been a force to behold.

Release date: November 6th, 2020

www.belphegor.at

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