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Belphegor
Totenritual
Type: CD
Company: Nuclear Blast
Release: 2017
Genre: Heavy/Extreme
Reviewer: Greg Watson
Published: 8/30/2017
A soundtrack for the apocalypse
With 'Totenritual', Austrian blackened death devils Belphegor have delivered their heaviest album to date. With a maniacal mixture of black metal and death metal that borders on grindcore, this album intends to incinerate you from the outset. The guitars are tuned really low and that gives them this menacing quality to them. The guitar tone is matched by the frenetic and insane drumming that is featured throughout the albums. Blast beats, fills and tempo changes in the drumming really helps keep things churning in this infernal maelstrom. The vocals are, as always, a macabre mix of death and black metal styles that feel extra malevolent on this release. 'Totenritual' is a full fledged beast of an album and is one of the band's best efforts overall in my opinion. Make no mistake about it, Belphegor is offering a soundtrack to the apocalypse with this album and you should definitely give this one a listen.
About this Writer:
Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: BELPHEGOR
CD
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Pestapokalypse VIBelphegor
2006
Etiam12/22/2006
TotenritualBelphegor
2017
Greg Watson8/30/2017


ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: BELPHEGOR
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Conjuring the DeadBelphegor
2014
Greg Watson8/7/2014


ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: BELPHEGOR
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