Rating:
8.0
The Belonging - An Immortal Creation
2011


01. Archangel
02. Militant
03. Slave
04. A Fearful Bloody Lesson In Slaughter
05. Procreation Of A Demigod
06. Hymn Of Agincourt
07. An Immortal Creation


What the fuck have we here? The album opens with a schlick-schlock of a gun being cocked then all hell breaks loose. Blazing shimmering riffing, pounding drums, and a vocalist gurgling about war machines and blitzkrieg... did I wander into a Marduk album?

The Belonging hail from jolly old England, but there is nothing jolly about these guys. An Immortal Creation's opening salvo "Archangel" might sound at home on Panzer Division Marduk, but The Belonging are far from a one trick pony.

While the primary attack of this band is "Kill, Crush, Destroy" mode a la Marduk, they also have chops and sensibility. So rather than 30 minutes of blast beat low-E tremolo rape, they bring a lot of other elements in to play.

There is a dual-vocal attack, low growling as well as more traditional BM screeching/rasping.

They have a relentless drummer who is perhaps a distant relative of the Terminator. He cannot be reasoned with, doesn't feel pity, or remorse. And he absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead. Or maybe just deaf...

The guitarists display some chops, standard BM tremolo riffing abounds, but is countered with scattered winding riffs that are reminiscent of Nile. They'll also lay off from time to time and let strings resonate a bit to create an eerier atmosphere.

During a section of "Slave" the band even switches it to something that sounds like current Enslaved, expansive guitar lines backing clean vocals. The shift caught me off guard, as did much of the album. It was better than I expected, particularly after the first minute or so of "Archangel". I liked it plenty, but was fearful of 30 minutes of the same song repeated ad nauseum and was instead met with a barrage of ripping metal that covered a good bit of stylistic ground without getting stale or boring.

So they wear some of their influences on their sleeves? Meh. Ultimately this sounds really good and is really well executed, both in terms of how songs are constructed and how they are actually played. It is an enjoyable album.

Or as The Belonging might refer to it, a "Fearful Bloody Lesson In Slaughter".

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 7
Production: 8


Band profile: The Belonging
Album: An Immortal Creation


 



Written on 30.06.2011 by
BitterCOld
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Richard - 30.06.2011 at 19:51  
The review seems spot on from what I've heard of the album (admittedly only a couple of songs and some snippets so far). It's ferociously fast etc. but it doesn't collapse into a wall of noise like with some bands.
veeja - 30.06.2011 at 21:11  
I'm really glad to see someone shining a light on this band, this is their third album and they thoroughly deserve the attention, a very promising band. Great review, couldn't agree more that you can here their influences, as well as the ones you cited Satyricon and Darkthrone are also in there and while they might not be breaking new ground, they do have their own style which they execute extremely well with much ardency as well as voracious energy.
BitterCOld - 01.07.2011 at 07:02  
Written by veeja on 30.06.2011 at 21:11

I'm really glad to see someone shining a light on this band, this is their third album and they thoroughly deserve the attention, a very promising band. Great review, couldn't agree more that you can here their influences, as well as the ones you cited Satyricon and Darkthrone are also in there and while they might not be breaking new ground, they do have their own style which they execute extremely well with much ardency as well as voracious energy.


we've actually officially reviewed their other two albums as well, with nice things to say about both.
Maxx666 - 03.07.2011 at 23:35  
Crushing release, totally in the vein of Marduk... Raw, brutal and relentless, just what i love to hear... very nice album recommended.. and also nice review

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