LORD BELIAL - Kiss The Goat (Sic Transit Gloria Mundi) Gatefold LP (Black Vinyl)
Lord Belial

LORD BELIAL - Kiss The Goat (Sic Transit Gloria Mundi) Gatefold LP (Black Vinyl)

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This is a release from Lord Belial's pure Black Metal days. The latest work, in comparison to this, is slow and lacks the rage and depth. It's astonishing to see a band with such aggression go mellow but then, it's a natural cycle.

Coming back to the album, this is your typical mid-90's Black Metal album with an underground production, lots of double-bass and rhythm. But there's twist here. Lord Belial use a unique formula in this album. They've mixed the melodic elements of Black Metal with the raw elements in a near-perfect mix. For instance, the last riffs of "Grace of God" are slow, atmospheric and melodic compared to the rawness of the rest of the track.

This album was released with Lord Belial's first record label - the same one that wouldn't release "Purify Sweden". Lord Belial, as a result, don't have too many good things to say about them but ironically, this album's turned out to be one of their finest with tracks such as "In The Light Of The Fullmoon" with it's glorified pagan elements topped with melodic guitaring and some very poetic lyrics and "Hymn Of The Ancient Misanthropic Spirit Of The Forest", where the keyboard's used to perfection in the second riff and the unrelenting pace that is carried throughout the song, the exceptions being the keyboard-driven melodic interludes. However, Lord Belial have not been able to achieve this brilliance in all their tracks, that's what pulls the album down. Tracks such as "Osculum Obscenum" and "The Ancient Slumber" can become downright boring - and that's a pity since some other tracks are exceptionally good.

Overall, this album from one of Sweden's "unsung" Black Metal bands is definitely worth a listen. Some of its greatness deserves a lot more attention that it's got. It won't be very easy trrying to find this album 10 years after it's release, but if you're a Black Metal fan with a flare for rare stuff, this one is for you.

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