Woods of Belial - _Deimos XIII_
(Firebox Records, 2003)
by: Xander Hoose (5.5 out of 10)
After a slow, haunting intro ("Worm of Na'ruq"), all hell breaks loose. Or at least that's what you would expect; unfortunately, Woods of Belial's sluggish doom metal is far from powerful or intrusive. Instead, we are served a somewhat bland and poorly mixed album with three songs clocking over ten minutes and one clocking a little under. Most of them feel like a lifetime though, and they manage to let all the obligatory ingredients pass by as well -- the cheesy keyboard backset on "Halla", the church bells on "The 13th Horror". They even mixed in a bit of industrial, according to the bio. I'm sorry, but throwing a few effects over the mix doesn't make this music any more industrial than your average doom metal band --especially the half-hearted attempt at ambient industrial on "Pervertum II", which is not even worth listening to. 51 minutes is a long ride if there's not much happening; if Woods of Belial can learn that no one is forcing them to write ten-minute-plus songs and that they should compact their songs, I will give them another chance.

(article published 31/7/2004)

RSS Feed RSS   Facebook Facebook   Twitter Twitter  ::  Mobile : Text  ::  HTML : CSS  ::  Sitemap

All contents copyright 1995-2023 their individual creators.  All rights reserved.  Do not reproduce without permission.

All opinions expressed in Chronicles of Chaos are opinions held at the time of writing by the individuals expressing them.
They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of anyone else, past or present.