Belinus - _Battlechants_
(Independent, 2002)
by: Adrian Bromley (8.5 out of 10)
Offering up an interesting array of ideas for metal music is Ireland's Belinus, a wonderfully orchestrated musical experience that successfully combines Celtic musical stylings with black metal aggression. The band calls their music "Celtic war metal", and they aren't far from the truth, as the bombastic sway of the guitar riffs is spurned forward by the harsh vocal cries and tightened up by a truly hypnotic rhythm section. Intensity never sounded so in control, plus the atmosphere of the album (thanks to an adequate production) is impressive as well. While shades of Absu and older era Cradle of Filth are apparent in their music, Belinus play strong and steadfast on numbers like "StormGod" and "Cursus" within this 28-minute EP "find themselves" musically. A band definitely worth looking our for as this EP crushes.


(article published 3/7/2002)

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