Intestine Baalism - _Banquet in the Darkness_
(Blackend, 2003)
by: Pedro Azevedo (8 out of 10)
Six years ago, Intestine Baalism released their debut album _An Anatomy of the Beast_, which so far remained their only outing. Back then it really weaved its way nicely into my CD player, evolving from what initially appeared to be an average death metal release into a truly addictive disc full of leads and hooks that wouldn't let go. It took this Japanese band a damn long time, but they're finally back with _Banquet in the Darkness_, and I'm pleased to report that the musical elements essential to the success of their debut are still present. Furthermore, _Banquet in the Darkness_ has managed to repeat anno 2003 the kind of addictiveness its predecessor showed six years ago -- relatively speaking, since the competition has been very tough in the death metal field lately. _Banquet in the Darkness_ is one of those rare albums that sounds old-school without coming across as outdated, just bringing back fond memories while remaining worthwhile in its own right. Though Japanese geographically, Intestine Baalism remain mostly Swedish musically, ranging from reasonably brutal Swedish riffs to downright crystalline lead guitar comparable to Arch Enemy. While Intestine Baalism do not sound like a band aiming to outshine everyone else's technicality or shame their brutality, they still rank sufficiently high on both aspects; and more importantly, they have a remarkable knack for keeping it all entertaining and memorable. _Banquet in the Darkness_ is unlikely to change anyone's perception of death metal or make it into many end-of-year charts, but it remains a very competent and unpretentiously enjoyable album.


(article published 8/6/2003)

7/14/1997 S Hoeltzel 8 Intestine Baalism - An Anatomy of the Beast
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