Seal Of Belial
8/24/2007 - Review by: Troy Cole
Lord Belial - Seal Of Belial - 2005 - Candlelight Records
The album's opener, "Prolusio: Acies Sigillum", is an atmospheric introduction to the album, a rather ambient spoken word passage that reminds me of Hypocrisy or the poetic portions of Cradle Of Filth. Soon the song moves into faster realms, capturing the early sounds of the band. Things get rather muddy on "Sons Of Belial" and "Chariot Of Fire", reminding me of how lost this band sounds today. Both of these cuts continue at the same pace with very little variance whatsoever. "Abysmal Hate" turns things around with some good melody and a great dose of solos running everywhere. Highlight of the second half is probably "Legio Inferr" with its mix of atmosphere and melody while still retaining the blastbeats.
Fans of the band's discography as a whole should find this another worthy effort. Parts of the band's catalogue appears throughout the record, even including a re-recording of the band's "Scythe Of Death".
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