Belphegor - Necrodaemon Terrorsathan review


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Band: Belphegor
Album: Necrodaemon Terrorsathan
Release date: 2000

01. Necrodaemon Terrorsathan
02. Vomit Upon The Cross
03. Diabolical Possession
04. Lust Perishes In A Thirst For Blood
05. S.B.S.R.
06. Sadism Unbound / Lechery On The Altar
07. Tanzwut Totengesange
08. Cremation Of Holiness
09. Necrodaemon Terrorsathan Part II / Outro: Analjesus

After a long search, the somewhat elusive (atleast in my area anyways) album "Necrodaemon Terrorsathan" is now in my possesion. After a few plays through it pains me to say it's disapointing for me.

The album opens up with what I'm positive is the rain & church bell intro found on Black Sabbath's self-titled song. After the knock-off intro, the song breaks into fairly mediocre run of the mill black metal riffage. Many Belphegor fans & black metal fans alike rave about this album, but I fail to see it as anything beyond sub-par. Not only is the guitar work extremely boring, the growls are a lot less powerful in this album, almost sloppy, and the drums have a very annoying "clicky" type sound to them that got on my nerves by the end of the album. Also, unlike the 3 latest albums by this band, this is more of a death metal album than anything else; it does not have the Black/Death hybrid (at least not to the same degree) that you'll find in the newer albums which makes them a lot less interesting.

But alas, the album does have some points that made it worth listening to. The first being the interesting inclusion of organ synthesizers in songs like "Vomit Upon The Cross" and "Necrodaemon Terrorsathan," which is one of the few key points that make a few of the songs at least a little bit distinguishable. Though the riffs are very forgettable, you can certainly hear the beginnings of the signature Belphegor sound you find in the 3 albums to follow. The final reason this album wasn't a waste of money is simply the fact that it made me appreciate the next album "Lucifer Incestus" alot more; the improvement they made between those two albums are astronomical.

Beyond those points it's very difficult to elaborate into much detail about this album due to the fact that almost every song on the album sounds annoyingly similar to one another. I highly reccomend against this album unless you're already familiar with the Belphegor that exists today, do yourselves a favor and get the following 3 albums before looking into this one; I'm sure glad I did, or else I probably would've cast them aside without a second chance.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 8
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 7
Production: 6

Written by Doc G. | 29.06.2007


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Comments: 1   Visited by: 26 users
30.06.2007 - 13:33
No Longer Human
Agreed. It's incredibly difficult to be altogether original in this day and age, and 'Necrodaemon Terrorsathan' doesn't even bother trying to be fresh or reinvent the wheel in any shape or form. Besides, I have always hated that kind of complexity in giving names to tracks, it's somehow childish. Good Job indeed .

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