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Review: The Belonging - Setting The Scene
The Belonging
Setting The Scene

Label: Independent
Year released: 2005
Duration: 38:52
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black/Death

Rating: 4/5

Review online: October 10, 2005
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
Readers Rating
Setting The Scene

Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (6 Votes)

What we have here is an eccentric Black/Death Metal band from the United Kingdom. The Belonging really do not remind the listener of any one particular band as their approach is quite varied and original. Although the band labels themselves as "Black/Death", the music on this CD transgresses the norms of the two genres and mixes influences ranging from epic doom to symphonic and melodic BM.

Starting out with the sheer brutality of "Black Sun Rising", The Belonging do indeed set the scene for mayhem to follow. What a killer opener it is! Although the opening song (not the intro) is perhaps the best track on the album, these boys don't run short of major steam throughout the disc's entirety. I feel that some songs are longer than they really should be and drag on a tad bit but usually, there is more good stuff to follow, so there is not much criticism warranted here.

I would recommend "Setting The Scene" to metalheads who enjoy the symphonic, epic end of black metal. But do not go in thinking Behemoth or Belphegor. The Belonging don't quite play Black/Death in that vein. Not quite as brutal or extreme, but more doomy and melodic riffage layered on top of pummeling blast beats and raging vocal work. If you enjoy that sort of thing, The Belonging should be right up your alley.

An enjoyable album overall and a good band to check out next time you go shopping.

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