Belphegor - _Necrodaemon Terrorsathan_
(Last Episode, 2001)
by: Matthias Noll (8.5 out of 10)
From Austria comes one of the finest blackened death metal records I've so far had the pleasure to grace my CD player with. Unlike bands such as Zyklon or Emperor on _IX Equilibrium_, this doesn't fall into the trap of being expertly executed but lifeless and ultimately sterile. _Necrodaemon Terrorsathan_ is a beast of a record that oozes conviction, unbridled aggression and power. Stylistically the above mentioned bands cannot serve as a point of reference, because Belphegor sound rather like a slightly black-metallic, rabidly blasting and furious early Deicide, and nowhere like the Norwegian high-tech metal of today. Another plus is the excellent, natural sounding production, done by the band themselves and one B. Milunovic, which expertly balances old-school rawness with just the right amount of clarity. Quite refreshingly, _Necrodaemon Terrosathan_ is not plagued by the staleness of the mass processing taking place in certain more famous studios. Belphegor successfully manage the tightrope walk between being blasting and technical in places, while maintaining and unleashing the raw power which is at the core of death metal. A highly recommended release and a band which is able to give most US death metal bands a lesson in violence. Buy _Necrodaemon Terrorsathan_ instead of Deicide's _In Torment, In Hell_ [CoC #57] and Satan will love you!

(article published 3/7/2002)


ALBUMS
10/16/2014 A El Naby 7 Belphegor - Conjuring the Dead
3/6/2011 A El Naby 8 Belphegor - Blood Magick Necromance
4/27/2008 J Smit 5 Belphegor - Bondage Goat Zombie
12/26/2006 J Smit 8.5 Belphegor - Pestapokalypse VI
4/7/2005 T DePalma 6 Belphegor - Goatreich - Fleshcult
12/26/2003 M Noll 8 Belphegor - Lucifer Incestus
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