|Review: Belphegor - Lucifer Incestus|
Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2003
Review online: May 4, 2004
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Here we go with the latest blasphemous slab of metal from the smoking pits of Belphegor. These guys have quite a rep as being too damned kvlt for their own good, but I can't say they didn't earn it. If you wonder what I mean by that, let's just say if Belphegor weren't so good, I would think they were a joke.
If you like Death Metal with the intensity of old Morbid Angel played with a Black Metal sensibility and the occasional shriek, then you cannot go wrong with Belphegor. I was expecting this to be more Black, but the blackness is all in the attutude, as sonically these guys are firmly in the realm of Florida Death Metal. There are some nice fat riffs here, a lot of satanic bellowing, and full-throttle blasting from start to finish. Belphegor apparently don't know how to play slow, or even 'slower'. There is very little in the way of keys here, though they do pop up from time to time as a background instrument. This is pretty raw, but the recording is very well-done, preserving the chaos while keeping it from turning into a total mess.
With this band, the package is half the fun. You get a very well-executed cover painting a bunch of naked demon nuns worshipping satan, plus some pics of devils riding said nuns like ponies, plus some photos of a naked chick waving a knife around, also lesbian demon nuns with waxed pussies. The band appears sans corpsepaint, but they are all leathered and bulletbelted, brandishing automatic weapons. The lyrics are right in there with the whole theme too, with lines like (random sample) "Cock of flame-buttfuck me-rip me in half" or "Brute impalement by rotten cocks". Whew! Good thing they have all these naked girls on the cover, or all this cock-talking might make me think they were queer or something.
So Belphegor aren't going to win any poetry awards with their lyrics, but nobody cares, because you can't make any words out anyway with all the screaming. The music kicks major unholy ass though, and any Death fans who want something extreme and uncompromising are missing out if they don't have this. I'd say these guys need to chill out a little bit, but they do seem to be having a good time. So grab the disc that is sure to offend everybody you show it to. The cool thing is that while they may be trying too hard to be shocking, Belphegor aren't skimping on the metal in the least. Two satanic horns up for this one.
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