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Review: The Belonging - Ashes Of the Fallen Throne
The Belonging
Ashes Of the Fallen Throne

Label: Independent
Year released: 2008
Duration: 44:39
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black/Death

Rating: 4/5

Review online: February 6, 2009
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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An interesting album here.  "Blackened Death with a twist" is the best I can come up with for a quick genre description.  Your basics are, of course, Black/Death - mostly mid to fast-paced with the occasional slow and crushingly heavy passages.  Nothing out of the ordinary there, but The Belonging add their own little touch to the genre by adding a "quasi-symphonic" vibe - "quasi" in the sense that it has the "grandiose" aspect of symphonic, but without sounding watered down - it's actually a very powerful, heavy and dark vibe here.  Their sound also reminds me a little bit of the likes of Melechesh; I won't go as far as to say that they have Middle Eastern elements in their music, but it's pretty close in sound, and from the very first listen until now, I can't help but think of Melechesh whenever I hear some of the songs here - hell, throw in a bit of Absu while you're at it. ;) On the vocals side, no surprises - a BM-ish rasp that sometimes borders on light growls - not particularly decipherable unless you pay very close attention.  The way this sounds, you'd think the vocals are married with the instruments - there's something to the vocalist's voice that roughly resonates like an actual instrument (a bit difficult to put this into words ;)), and the end result is that you have a near-perfect harmony.

With Ashes Of the Fallen Throne, The Belonging managed to marry the brutal force of Black/Death with the epic, majestic nature of (more or less) "symphonic" metal and produce something that doesn't sound watered down; in fact if anything, the heavy, dark, almost doomy atmosphere makes this a more obscure release than many pure Black/Death releases.  Good stuff.

Track Listing:
  1. Secrets Of Thy Labyrinth
  2. Hail to Eternal Damnation
  3. Eternal Kiss
  4. Oracle Of the Night
  5. Sacrifice the Life
  6. Prophetic Visions
  7. Blood For the Gods
  8. Ashes Of the Fallen Throne
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