Grand Belial's Key - _Mocking the Philanthropist_
(Wood Nymph Records, 1998)
by: Ryan Kriste (9 out of 10)
I suppose I should call this black metal, but I actually have a better name for it: heavy metal. The black metal vocals are there, occasionally death growls come in, but if you look past it all and just listen to the music, all you will hear is metal; brutal metal, but still metal. The keyboards featured accentuate and do not overpower the guitars, a trick a lot more bands could learn from. The CD's packaging is of very high quality, with a twelve page booklet including band pictures (no corpse paint), with tray print and really well done cover art. Each track has something special that sets it apart from the others, be it the solo or the rhythm of the song. Speed varies considerably from song to song, going from slow and doomy to hyperfast mosh parts. Check out "Savouring the Virgin's Pessary" for one of the best riffs since "Angel of Death". If you are into any extreme metal and/or black metal, you must have this.

Contact: Wood Nymph Records, Langebeekstraat 28, 3210 Linden, Belgium

(article published 1/9/1998)

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