LORD BELIAL - Nocturnal Beast Digipack CD
Comes in 4 panel digipak with 12 page booklet.
Now, this album is basically what you would expect from a melodic black metal band: it is, well....melodic. Now, that does not mean it is overly-produced, or cheesy. This follows in the same vein as fellow Swedish black metal bands Dissection, Naglfar, Vinterland, and Sacramentum. Melodic black metal, with a hint of death metal. The death metal influence lies within some of the riffing on this album, as the riffs on here are generally more "heavy" and the guitars are more "meaty" than one would expect on a black metal record. The first actual track "Succubi Infernal," not including the album's intro track "Invocation of the 68th Demon," begins with a type of melodic riff that you, throughout the album, will hear many times. Not that same riff, but riffs played in the same way. About two minutes in, a weird, almost uncomfortable industrial noise begins. It sort of fucks with the listener's head in a way. The next song "Demonic Possession" immediately got my attention upon hearing this album for the very first time. Why? Because there is a riff in the intro, that sounds strikingly similar to Mayhem's "From the Dark Past." Not exactly alike, it certainly was not taken from the track....but it gives off a similar vibe, and sounds quite similar to it with some originality too. Another thing the listener will notice is how a lot of these songs begin with a clean riff in the intro: "Desolate Passages," "Nocturnus," "Fleshbound," "Spiritual Damnation," "Indoctrination of Human Sorrow," and even the album's closing track "Death March" includes this. Those 6 tracks are where it is most noticeable, and it definitely adds a melodic, dark atmosphere to the songs. The track "Desolate Passage" is VERY much influenced by some of the songs on Naglfar's first album "Vittra." In fact, at this point, I thought I was listening to Naglfar.