As a Ukrainian black metal band who formed in 2014, the 100th anniversary of the First World War, 1914 take us through the horrors of war via terrifying blackened death metal tales. Only a couple of months ago, 1914 released their third album, ‘Where Fear and Weapons Meet’, which continues this masterful exploration of the … Continue reading 341: 1914
In 2010, Behemoth ringleader Nergal was diagnosed with leukaemia. Stalling the upward trajectory of the band. At the time, it had been reported that the diagnosis was so grim that chemotherapy would be ineffective. Jump forward to 2014 and Behemoth release their triumphant return - Nergal’s magnum opus - The Satanist. For my money, The … Continue reading 149: BEHEMOTH
So, now that they seemingly walk among us, what do Belzebubs sound like? Well, it was worth the wait. This is some of the most gloriously evil blackened death metal I have ever heard. It’s polished, triumphant, and diabolically sinister.
Necrophobic really are one of the bands to beat when it comes to blackened death metal. The best elements of the influential genres are all on display here, combined into powerful, tremendously appealing, headbangers of tracks.
Blackened death metal is perhaps one of my favourite combination genres, but I’ll also admit that, while many bands do it well, it’s a hard subgenre to do very well. Hate do blackened death metal better than almost everybody.
It’s a journey to another world. A weird, fucked up, slug-filled world. A journey you don’t know how to pronounce... (Sludge? Sluggage? Slugj?) but one that is definitely worth your time.