Belphegor - Pestapokalypse VI review
|Release date:||October 2006|
01. Belphegor - Hell's Ambassador
02. Seyn Todt in Schwartz
03. Angel Of Retribution
04. Chants For The Devil 1533
05. Pest Teufel Apokalypse
06. The Ancient Enemy
07. Bluhtsturm Erotika
08. Sanctus Perversum
09. Das Pesthaus / Miasma Epilog
The greatly anticipated follow-up to the masterpiece "Goatreich-Fleshcult" leaves a lot to be desired. The only word to describe "Pestapokalypse VI" would be inconsistent. The opening song "Hell's Ambassador" leaves one hell of an impression and gives the feeling that this album will live up to, if not surpass "Goatreich…". Too bad the rest of the album rarely lives up to this expectation. Unlike the previous two albums, there are very few memorable chorus' or guitar riffs. Songs like "Seyn Todt In Schwartz", "Chants For The Devil 1533", "The Ancient Enemy" and "Das Pesthaus/Miasma Epilog" seemed to play through my CD player without much that stood out for me.
Now that the bashing is over, it's time to explain why this album was not, in fact, entirely bad. After being complimented a lot on attempting (and succeeding) at making a doomish-type track on the previous album, Belphegor take that into this new album and perfect the sound, making the very grim sounding "Angel of Retribution". Having amazing transitions of slow heavy sounds of Doom with faster more Black Metal cliché blast-beat-fury, tracks like "Hells Ambassador" and "Bluhtsturm Erotica" create a Black Metallers dream (or nightmare...whichever you prefer). Musicianship/vocalist wise this album has stepped up quite a bit more. The drumming/production of the drumming has become far more dynamic and unique sounding with this album and the growls have reached a new levels of viciousness (most notably in the intro to the track "Pest Teufel Apokalypse").
This is definitely a must have for any die-hard Belphegor fan such as myself, but if you're new to discover Belphegor, I highly suggest purchasing "Lucifer Incestus" or "Goatreich-Fleshcult" before this album.
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