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Review: Grand Belial's Key - Kosherat
Grand Belial's Key

Label: Drakkar Productions
Year released: 2005
Duration: 58:46
Tracks: 11
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 5/5

Review online: March 30, 2006
Reviewed by: Ulysses
Readers Rating

Rated 4.13/5 (82.5%) (40 Votes)

Grand Belial's Key return with a new full-length after four years, and I could honestly say that Kosherat is their best release yet. As one of the leading Black Metal acts in the U.S.A today, they are known to play aggressively accompanied by blasphemous and wicked lyrics against Judeo-Christianity which seems to be a favored topic by the band. Grand Belial's Key do play a rather unique blend of Black Metal however, incorporating some Death, Thrash, and even some Punk influenced moments can be heard in the album if you listen carefully enough. The musicianship is once again top notch, and their sound has evolved since their debut "Mocking the Philanthropist", yet the foundation of their sound can always be heard as they remain realistic in containing their ideals and style by advancing into more complex riffs, vastly improved drumming from their previous albums, wicked bass lines and even the vocalism sounds sharper too in comparison to their earlier works. All this is carefully sealed with an interesting production job and brilliant song material. On Kosherat, the structure of the songs seemed to improve from the typical "fast-to-slow and repeat" composition and adding some more complex tracks with a smooth flow to them. I absolutely love the progression from the first track "The Bearded Hustlers" to "The Red Heifer" which are not only amazing tracks, but some of the best Grand Belial's Key has written, inspiringly evil material. Their songs however are a lot more catchy than their previous materials, and are a little easier on the ears but still plenty vicious and cruel while not being too polished. I have to say so, but this is clearly one of my favorite releases for 2005, pure genius. Everything from the album cover's artwork to the lyrics to the blasphemous music they do so increasingly well with each album they release. I have no choice but to heed their wrath and give them a perfect 5. This album is highly recommended for everyone who doesn't have shitty taste.

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Review: Mocking the Philanthropist (reviewed by Michel Renaud)
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