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Lord Belial - Revelation
Lord Belial’s 7th one, entitled Revelation, The 7th Seal, is once again recorded at the Los Angered Studios by Andy LaRoque. Judging his work on the previous albums Nocturnal Beast and The Seal Of Belial one can only understand and support this choice. On those Lord Belial’s midtempo black metal songs sound exactly how they should sound which gives the records that little extra dark edge.
 
Upon first listen it becomes pretty obvious Lord Belial sticks with its roots. Don’t expect a new genre-defining move from them, they just stick with what they’re good at; creating spherical midtempo black metal songs with tons of harmonies and melodies, that reminds vaguely of Dissection sometimes and sound like Dark Funeral on half tempo.
 
Although it’s not another masterpiece like 1998’s Enter The Moonlight Gate, or 2004’s The Seal Of Belial it’s definitely a welcome addition to the Lord Belial catalogue. From the weeping guitars in 'Unholy War' to the beautiful guitar melodies in 'Death Cult Era' the whole album is filled with typical Lord Belial songs.

The album closing track 'Grievance' is the odd one out though and is a bit dull, with clean guitars and a solo in the back and singer Thomas Backelin talking over it with a whisper-like-grunt. Not the ideal song to close an album with. For someone who’s not a huge fan of this style of music and who already owes the last two albums it might become a bit boring, true fans however will celebrate this new release.
 
With Revelation, The 7th Seal, Lord Belial once again proves they are capable of delivering a fine black metal album that values melodies and harmonies over speed. If you’re waiting for the next hyper fast band that sticks to blastbeats and 250 bpm songs, this one might not be for you. If you dig melodic metal and some fine musicianship with a dark feel throughout the whole record, be sure to check out Lord Belial’s latest album.
Lord Belial - Revelation
80/1001Details Regain Records
Released on Monday Apr 30th, 2007
Black Metal

Writer @Bad Astronaut on Monday Apr 16th, 2007

Tags: #Lord Belial
Tracklisting 01 7th Seal
02 Ancient Splendor
03 Aghast
04 Death as Solution
05 Unspoken Veneration
06 Death Cult Era
07 Vile Intervention
08 Gateway to Oblivion
09 Unholy War
10 Black Wings of Death
11 Grievance
Line up Thomas Backelin – Guitars&Vocals
Anders Backelin – Bass
Micke Backelin – Drums
Niclas Pepa Andersson – Lead Guitars
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