|Review: Baalphegor - Post Earthquake Age|
|Post Earthquake Age|
Label: Fast Beat Entertainment
Year released: 2006
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: August 26, 2009
Reviewed by: Tony Augsburg
for:Post Earthquake Age
Baalphegor is a band that may throw you off guard the first time you listen to them. Their music is Brutal Death Metal at its best, but also combines a nice amount of technicality and ambient sounds. When I first listened to the band I was pleasantly surprised with the aforementioned features, it added a special touch to the music that usually isn't heard in Brutal Death Metal. Post Earthquake Age is definitely an album that stands out in the genre.
The disc starts off with a pummeling track that is straight up Brutal Death Metal and sets the tone for the album. Combining blast beats with technical riffs, slow groove-laden riffs, and the catchy short solo just make it an absolute killer track. As we progress with each song the brutalness continues, but then, seemingly out of nowhere, come ambient parts that only add to the experience. When I listen to this album it is more of an experience than I would say Brutal Death Metal. Oh now I have to explain myself. What I mean is, I don't really take each track individually as not one really stands out from the pack; the overall experience is satisfying and while on, it is one of the best albums I have heard. But there isn't a track I would pick out and play by itself, there are though certain parts of songs that can perk your ears up a bit higher. So with no real stand out track it is hard to exemplify what exactly is so awesome without going track by track.
Well without doing that what I can say is that the vocals fit perfectly in with the tone and speed of the album. The guitars and bass combine to make some catchy, at the time of listening, riffs and solos. The ambient parts are obviously interesting and add to the experience. Technicality is a major part of the album but I don't think it takes away from it being brutal or from the songwriting. The band surely does know how to put together a song.
All in all Baalphegor are a band that are very talented but have trouble distinguishing between each track as none of them really stand out. It is hard to pick whole songs as opposed to parts of songs in which to look forward to while listening. I am hoping that with their next release they will continue with what they have done here and try to make at least one track stand out from the others so I can remember while I am not listening to it. It has been three years since this album, let us hope a new one is right around the corner.
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