LORD BELIAL - The Black Curse CD
Usually an end of the year surprise is a good thing but not with this release. This is very laid back Melodic Black Metal. The riffs are luke warm. The drumming is pushed into the background in order not to offend. There's some added keyboards and strings that add little help to this. The harsh vocals carry no passion whatsoever. Listening to this was more of an investigation to find something cool within the fifty two plus minutes of The Black Curse. The only thing I found out is that I don't like this at all. This Swedish outfit has been around since 1995 and this is the best they could come up with for an eighth full length? You know what's worse than this is that some poor schmuck is going to write nice things about this. How would you like to be that uninformed fuck who is about to lose all credibility just because he/she got a freebie and wants to be nice. Fuck Nice!
I knew this was bad a quarter of the way into the opening cut "Pazuzu". Throwing in some innovation to cover up boring generic Black Metal riffs is not the way to open an album. I was ready to review this one lying on my back. I just about laid out on the floor. And this ain't "shoegazer" material people. The production is way overdone to make this sound crystal clean. The song “Trumpet of Doom” is probably the best cut out of three contenders. But the production really white-washed the blackness out of it. Plus the use of the keyboards is more insulting than complimentary. I wanna throw up right now in an epic way. “Sworn” is so mediocre that it drains instead of breathing life sustaining vile into the listener. This is like being in a horrible relationship. The kind that suck the fuckin life out of ya. And it's not supposed to be that way.