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5.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected, April 15, 2008
This review is from: Bondage Goat Zombie (Audio CD)
I found Belphegor's newest album Bondage Goat Zombie to be thoroughly refreshing and excellently executed. This isn't to say that their previous releases haven't been good. It's just that this album is surprisingly good. With this album, Belphegor have embraced a more epic sound to go along with their already punishing black/death metal. Incorporating melody and patience into the music, they have achieved a more varied range of expression instead of playing pure, punishing speed all the time. The most noticeable examples are the more structured nature of the songs (some even follow a verse-chorus format) and the epic sounding choruses. Belphegor achieves this by holding the chords longer during the chorus than during the rest of the song (sometimes up to eight beats per chord). This lengthens the chorus sections and allows melodies to be played over chords. It also reinforces the verse-chorus feel, which in turn add cohesion to the songs.

With the exception of Sexdictator Lucifer (a mid-paced song and easily the weakest of the bunch), the songs follow this pattern - Justine: Soaked In Blood, Shred For Satan, and the title track being the standouts. Honestly, I could never really have foreseen that I would be recommending a Belphegor album for reasons such as these, but I am. This is an excellent example of black metal that is epic without losing any of its power.
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Initial post: Oct 23, 2009 6:46:01 PM PDT
versionfiv says:
Bondage Goat Zomie is the most ridiculous, cheesy album that has come from this ridiculously cheesy (but fun) band. It suffers from repetitive terribly repetitive terribly repetitive arrangements, yawn-inducing melodies. All the other belphegor albums are superior, even the Infernal Live Orgasm cd.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2009 6:01:35 AM PDT
Clearly, you know about repetition.
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