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Lord Belial - Seal Of Belial - 2005 - Candlelight Records

Track Listing
1. Prolusio: Acies Sigillum
2. Sons Of Belial
3. Chariot Of Fire
4. Absymal Hate
5. Legio Inferi
6. Mark Of The Beast
7. Armageddon Revelation
8. Scythe Of Death
Sweden's black cloaked devils are back from the ritual, this time releasing their fifth album to date, a hate filled charge of extreme blasphemy entitled "Seal Of Belial". This album was originally released on Regain Records in 2004 and was released domestically by Candlelight Records (like so many albums in the past). I was a fan early on of the band's sound but at this point they have lost some focus and creativity. This record peaked interest for me because King Diamond guitarist Andy LaRoque has stepped in to produce. La Roque has been involved in some fantastic metal albums in the past and his expertise should certainly shine on this.

The album's opener, "Prolusio: Acies Sigillum", is an atmospheric introduction to the album, a rather ambient spoken word passage that reminds me of Hypocrisy or the poetic portions of Cradle Of Filth. Soon the song moves into faster realms, capturing the early sounds of the band. Things get rather muddy on "Sons Of Belial" and "Chariot Of Fire", reminding me of how lost this band sounds today. Both of these cuts continue at the same pace with very little variance whatsoever. "Abysmal Hate" turns things around with some good melody and a great dose of solos running everywhere. Highlight of the second half is probably "Legio Inferr" with its mix of atmosphere and melody while still retaining the blastbeats.

Fans of the band's discography as a whole should find this another worthy effort. Parts of the band's catalogue appears throughout the record, even including a re-recording of the band's "Scythe Of Death".



--1Evil1 08.01.07
Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: LORD BELIAL
CD
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Revelation: The 7th SealLord Belial
2007
David Loveless10/17/2008
Seal Of BelialLord Belial
2005
Troy Cole8/24/2007


ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: LORD BELIAL
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DOR
REVIEWER DATE
The Black CurseLord Belial
2008
Greg Watson6/26/2010


ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: LORD BELIAL
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