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Review: Glorior Belli - Meet Us at the Southern Sign
Glorior Belli
Meet Us at the Southern Sign

Label: Candlelight Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 50:36
Tracks: 11
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: December 13, 2009
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Meet Us at the Southern Sign

Rated 4/5 (80%) (18 Votes)

I have to give this band a lot of credit for trying something new, rather than just going with their Marduk/Belphegor sound from the last album. On Manifesting the Raging Beast Glorior Belli unleashed a furious modern BM assault that thumbed its nose at innovation and took no prisoners. I thought it was a killer disc, but I truthfully didn't see much of anyplace for them to go with their sound besides just remaking the same album over again.

It bodes well for their future that the band was willing to experiment like this, and it says a lot for their talent that they managed to pull off this particular experiment so well. Mixing any kind of southern rock with Black Metal sounds like a horrible idea, and it should not work at all, but in this case it did work. I have to re-evaluate this band entirely now, as rather than a simple genre-clone act, I think we have a real band here with real ambition to contribute something to the genre. Meet Us At The Southern Sign is a pounding, down and dirty Black Metal workout infused with a definite southern rock vibe. What makes it work is that rather than simply steal the surface gloss of twanging slide guitar or some such bullshit, they actually dug down to what it was they liked about the sound compositionally and incorporated that. The whole is a definite BM sound, but with an underlying feel and mood of doomy southern rock. The way the compositional tools are used it presents a startling and innovative sound without coming off as trendy or insincere at all. Even when they throw in a few bars of clean singing it works in the moment of the song.

So don't be put off by the term ‘southern rock' – this is backcountry Black Metal that evokes dismal swamps, foggy woods by the song of cicadas and horror under the summer moon. I am impressed.

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