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Review: Belial - Diabology

Label: Goregiastic Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 37:32
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: August 30, 2009
Reviewed by: Jason Cominetto
Readers Rating

Rated 3.14/5 (62.86%) (7 Votes)

This is a solid first release from a fairly unknown band, but it is one that suffers from a few of the flaws that plague most modern Death Metal bands. Firstly and most notably, most of the tracks are very indistinct from one another. With the exception of "Dinero y Poder" and "First Corpse," which contain distinctive riffs and structures that set them apart from the other songs, the album sounds like one big amalgamation of Death Metal that no one decided to sort through. However, what Belial lacks in disparity is more or less made up in the heavy and appropriate tone of music and bevy of grimy and guttural hooks that can keep the listener interested. Also, the bass is slightly more audible than in most other Death Metal bands (especially in "Dinero y Poder," which is why it is my favorite song on the album), which combined with the aforementioned hooks and heavy tone, could make Belial a Columbian Cannibal Corpse of sorts. That is, if they can learn to differentiate their songs, and when they do they'll have a lot more to offer. Fans of Death Metal should check this out, but don't expect anything revolutionary. However, this is definitely a band you're going to want to keep your eye on.

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