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Review: Belenos - Kornog
Belenos
www.belenos.biz
Kornog

Label: Northern Silence Productions
Year released: 2016
Duration: 58:41
Tracks: 9
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: October 9, 2016
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Belenos are a band who emerged from the explosion of the French Pagan/Black metal scene in the early 2000s. I was a big fan of their earlier works like Spicilege and especially Chants de Bataille, but that was a decade ago, and it's been six years of re-releases and boxed sets since we had a new album. I am glad to find that Kornog proves this great band still has their mojo.

Musically Belenos almost perfectly encapsulate what I mean when I say "Pagan Metal" – a Black Metal base, epic melodic riffs, and vocals that alternate between harsh and cleanly sung or chanted. You don't get any silly folk bullshit on a Belenos album, just hard-edged riffs with a lot of depth and melodic complexity built into songs that ooze atmosphere. I would say this is not as biting and addictive as their early works, but it is still a solid, powerful album from a classy, veteran band.

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