|Review: Lord Belial - Rapture|
Label: Hammerheart Records
Year released: 2022
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: June 2, 2022
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)
When the first blistering notes from Lord Belial's Rapture came blaring out of my speakers, my first thought was, "that's some solid second wave black metal." I didn't realize it at the time, but this band has been around since 1992, so my first impression tracks. Rapture is the band's ninth studio album, and it is of the clear, crisp sounding school of black metal vs. the raw side of the equation. The guitars have a clean, satisfying bite with lots of clarity to the riffing and the drums blast away but in an organic, not plastic way. The vocals are a standard rasp, decipherable on the choruses (specifically "Lamentations" and "Rapture of Belial") that neither elevate the songs nor do they detract. The guitar pinches and squeals had me thinking this is what Slayer, circa South of Heaven, might have sounded like if they went in a blacker direction. There's nothing innovative on Rapture, but if you like Immortal, Dark Funeral and the like, you should find plenty here to darken your stereo.
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