Release Date: January 14, 2011 Europe.
February 8, 2011 U.S.
If a psycho-sexual sadist had a concert of brutal rage hammering in his brain then Belphegor would likely be the band headlining the show. The Austrian trio combine the darkest elements of blackened death metal with the most twisted of sexual depravity. Each album is a disturbing backdrop to the seedy side of our murky minds. And we love them for that.
This month the band brings us their ninth studio album, the aptly titled Blood Magick Necromance. This marks the band’s 20th anniversary. Belphegor calls it their most epic album to date. “This will be the most epic and monumental Belphegor Werk [sic] to date,” commented front man Helmuth.
Whether the new album is “epic” or not is arguable, but they certainly put their all into it. Blood Magick Necromance definitely has a heavier feel than their previous works. Something most fans will thrive on.
The album was recorded at Sweden’s Abyss Studios with metal master Peter Tägtgren (Immortal, Celtic Frost, Hypocrisy, Dimmu Borgir), who also worked on Legion of The Damned‘s newest album, Descent Into Chaos.
From the album opener, “In Blood – Devour This Sanctity” the music is like a piledriver to the solar plexus and a rivet gun to your temple. The first song may be the best on the album, with its dark moodiness and mix of swirling melody. As the album’s longest track it envelops the listener with surprising nuances.
The title track engulfs you in an almost cinematic intro before a sledge hammer crushes your cranium. There are eerie vocals buried beneath the cacophony of guitar and drum work.
The entire album is the musical equivalent of razor wire, cutting you to your soul. Black Magick Necromance is rife with unrelenting riffage and a pulverizing rhythm section. The lyrics are graphic, and at times disturbing. But then fans of the band are not listening for wholesome love songs to begin with. This is an album of sin and moral transgressions without repentance or guilt.
The album’s first video is for the track, “Impaled Upon The Tongue of Sathan.” An ode to Satanic sexual perversion. See the video below. Be forewarned, it’s graphic in content, and bathed in blood.
If you are a fan of Belphegor, or black/death metal with Satanic and sexual overtones, you will want this album in your collection. While their message is not more universally accepted, the music is brash and exciting. Many metal fans might be surprised at how accessible it is.
1. In Blood – Devour This Sanctity
2. Rise To Fall And Fall To Rise
3. Blood Magick Necromance
4. Discipline Through Punishment
5. Angeli Mortis De Profundis
6. Impaled Upon The Tongue Of Sathan
7. Possessed Burning Eyes
8. Sado Messiah