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“[The Black Curse] Åttonde albumet från Sveriges black Metal-pionjärer Lord Belial. Här får vi 10 låtar symfonisk och super proffesionell black metal. Passar även hänginva av Dissection, Dark Funeral och Emperor. ”
“Lord Belial är bandet som aldrig upphör att förvåna en. Ständigt på gång med utveckling och stannar aldrig upp. Förmodligen är det vad som gör Lord Belial till ett band i världsklass, att man ständigt hittar nya vägar och vågar gå där inga andra av de ledande banden i denna något obskyra genrè hushåller.”
“Lord Belial also uses occasional cellos and female vocals in a way that doesn't overshadow the insanity but enhance it, as they do in "Lamia" or the title track [Enter The Moonlight Gate].”
“The organic production helps thicken the old-school atmosphere substantially, while Micke Backelin's off-kilter drumming is both inventive and highly effective.”
“Mangel och kaos och därmed basta.”
“Crushing melodic Swedish black metal. Those four words just about sum up Lord Belial's latest offering, _Enter the Moonlight Gate_. After you begin to hear the fast riffing which opens the album, you know you're in for a treat, and the remainder of the album definitely does not disappoint.”
“From the moment you hit 'play', the album literally beckons you with the opening line: "Enter the Moonlight Gate!". From there you are pummeled with blisteringly fast power chords, ferocious blast beats and some of the harshest black metal shrieks your ears ever had the misfortune to be exposed to. I can really only liken the experience to being attacked by some beast in the wilderness.”
“Skarpt riffande och Thomas ondskefullt väsande stämma är balsam för själen och ger lyssnaren en behaglig upplevelse.”
“Om man ska beskriva upplevelsen som man får av "Nocturnal Beast" kan man säga att det ger en liten känsla av att sitta instängd i en mörk och fuktig gravkammare och invänta domedagen. Negativt? Nej, inte alls. I LORD BELIAL:s genre känns väl snarare mörker som en välsignelse, och mörker behärskar man definitivt.”
“The musicianship is solid. In particular, bassist Anders "Bloodlord" Backelin has sneaky, noodling lines that add a little extra spice to the songs.”
"Enter the Moonlight Gate" is a very good album and there i something for every extreme metal fan to like.
“This album tantalizes you with beautiful melody, ensnares you with its venom tipped hooks, and then drags you down with the weight of its melancholy. This is a masterpiece that truly needs to be heard by anyone who considers themselves a fan of the extreme metal genre.”
“Lord Belial is one of Swedens, No! Strike that! One of the greatest black metal bands in the world, and I'm not ashamed to say it!”
“Realm of a Thousand Burning Souls, Part I. Alright, the first glaring reason that I chose this track is well…because…It’s 20 minutes long! I could stop there, but really this track does merit so much more than then being 38% of the album. It’s absolutely brilliant.”
"UNHOLY CRUSADE" - This is the work that made me love metal.
"ENTER THE MOONLIGHT GATE" - Yes Belial has it all, as made apparent by the opening track. The rest of them are just as brilliant. Seriously, with an album like this I could just continue on to talk about every single track but that would just incite an excessively long review, instead I’ll just recap some of the highlights found here:
"REVELATION" - This album was produced by King Diamond’s Andy LaRocque himself. With its cold atmospheres Lord Belial’s seventh full length, Revelation can be compared to the likes of Catamenia and Dissection.
“You know what to expect - Blazing, slick and fucking great riffs, with razor-sharp solos that'll cut through your bones and chill your spine. And with that you know you'll get Thomas, one of the best black metal vocalists ever, and the excellent drumming of Micke.”
"NOCTURNAL BEAST" - “Evil,” *sips wine*, “Does not have to sound like shit to be evil.”
"SCYTHE OF DEATH" - It's not like Lord Belial to start off with a slow song. But there's no need to worry, right from the first riff you know it's Lord Belial. All it takes is a couple of seconds until you get that special feeling you get while listening to these fellows. And that feeling is created by an incredible atmosphere and amazing musicianship.
"THE BLACK CURSE" - To make conclusion out of all this we have the best record ever performed by LORD BELIAL and probably one of the best BM records that will be released this year! Amazing and recommended to all fans of black metal and extreme metal of all kinds!
“Lord Belial’s magnitude of credibility has certainly outlived the conventional melodic black metal band’s. ‘The Black Curse’ is testimony to the band’s fresh musical ideas.”
“The vocals performed by Thomas Backelin are extremely well executed, more evil than ever and with a feeling of 100% commitment making him one of the best vocalists in black metal.”
“Starting off with the crushing “Pazuzu – Lord Of Fevers And Plaugues” they set the limit for the whole album at once. Featuring a lot of fast blastbeats and nicely placed double bass this song is the most straight on song. “Trumpets Of Doom” comes along leaving a trail of destruction and darkness behind it. With a beautiful piano passage in the middle and vocals that reeks of evilness this song goes down as one of the best songs ever created by the band.”
“The sound on "The Black Curse" can be largely described as the bastard offspring of copulation between the vitriol of Marduk and the fucking brilliant drumsound of Mayhem's über-kvlt-classic "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas".”
““The Black Curse” is probably the fastest record I have heard with LORD BELIAL due to the fast blastbeats and double bass featured in every song. The speed is by no means in the reach of DARK FUNERAL or MARDUK but LORD BELIAL were never meant to play that fast, this pick of speed fits them perfectly.”
“WOW! This is definitely the major breakthrough for LORD BELIAL! They showed on “Revelation – The 7th Seal” that they hade something great going on but I could never imagine that it would be this crushing!”
“Sweden’s Lord Belial strike again, this time with their new album ‘The Black Curse’. Following their full-length last year, ‘Revelation – The 7th Seal’, the band’s new offering submits more melodic black metal blasphemy and unhinged hatred.”