ARTIST:

BELPHEGOR

(AUSTRIA)
TITLE:

THE DEVILS

(2022)
LABEL:

NUCLEAR BLAST

GENRE:

BLACK METAL

TAGS:
"Although technically very sharp, "The Devils" confirms that there is nothing more to expect - or so little - from Belphegor whose brutality is now drained."
CHILDERIC THOR (20.10.2022)  
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If in terms of metronomic brutality, he still doesn't need vitamins despite his thirty years of age, we have to admit that Belphegor has been showing a lack of inspiration for several years. Between a "Totenritual" already forgotten and going back to five years ago or the re-release of "Necrodaemon Terrorsathan" (2000), we can't say that Helmuth has really changed. Of course, the band has never been known for its audacity nor for its unbridled creativity, but the fact is that we have known it in better shape. Nowadays, their satanism soaked in blasphemous stupor doesn't frighten anyone. What about "The Devils"?

To be honest, the first contacts with this twelfth misdeed do not augur once again an essential effort. Nothing, from the cover signed again by Seth Siro Anton to its hackneyed title, surprises the faithful while the sound recording of the experienced Jens Bogren reinforces a little more its (too) formatted character. 

If Belphegor has the good taste to renew with the venomous ambiences, the creeping atmospheres which made the success of "Walpurgis Rites - Hexenwahn" and to a lesser extent of "Blood Magick Necromance", this newfound appetite for heavy and sinister flatness only inspires, at best, a 'Virtus Asinaria', of a slow and haunting baroque which poaches on the lands of Rotting Christ, at worst, this 'Glorifizierung des Teufels' drowned in a syrupy emphase.

The rest, in spite of a welcome propensity to tighten the handbrake and to sink into the depths of a heavy mass grave ('Blackest Sabbath'), concretes a black death whose surgical precision is matched only by the odorless aroma it exhales. What to retain from 'Totentanz -Danse Macabre' and other 'Ritus Incendium Diabolus'? Very little...

Belphegor does not scare anymore (we already knew it) but does not dig any more lasting scars in the memory. Although technically very sharp, "The Devils" confirms that there is nothing more to expect - or so little - from the Austrians whose brutality is now drained.


More informations on http://www.belphegor.at/





TRACK LISTING:
01. The Devils
02. Totentanz - Dance Macabre
03. Glorifizierung des Teufels
04. Damnation – Höllensturz
05. Virtus Asinaria – Prayer
06. Kingdom Of Cold Flesh
07. Ritus Incendium Diabolus
08. Creature Of Fire

LINEUP:
Helmuth: Chant / Guitares
Serpenth: Basse
   
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