Company: Nuclear Blast
Reviewer: Greg Watson
With 'Totenritual', Austrian blackened death devils Belphegor have delivered their heaviest album to date. With a maniacal mixture of black metal and death metal that borders on grindcore, this album intends to incinerate you from the outset. The guitars are tuned really low and that gives them this menacing quality to them. The guitar tone is matched by the frenetic and insane drumming that is featured throughout the albums. Blast beats, fills and tempo changes in the drumming really helps keep things churning in this infernal maelstrom. The vocals are, as always, a macabre mix of death and black metal styles that feel extra malevolent on this release. 'Totenritual' is a full fledged beast of an album and is one of the band's best efforts overall in my opinion. Make no mistake about it, Belphegor is offering a soundtrack to the apocalypse with this album and you should definitely give this one a listen.
About this Writer:Greg Watson
// Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.