Don’t be fooled by the cuteness! 10/10
It’d be easy to write Belzebubs off as a novelty act, a Black Metal version of Gorillaz. It’d be easy to be cynical and call it a marketing gimmick especially when other publications post huge hype about them and make ridiculous claims. However, let’s be clear – musically they are no joke.
Behind the cutesy characters and clever marketing is a very adept band who have made an album of the year contender. I’m not going to give a track by track run through here as each song on this album is a beautifully crafted masterpiece of blackened metal. Normally when someone says that no song in particular stands out, it’s an incredible put down but in the case of Pantheon Of The Nightside Gods, we have one epic piece after another – an unrelenting, beautiful assault.
Pantheon Of The Nightside Gods is truly special. It transports me back in time to the first magical quarter of 1994, and brings back that chill I had when I first heard Emperor‘s In The Nightside Eclipse, Burzum‘s Hyvis Lyset Tar Oss and Cradle Of Filth‘s Principle Of Evil Made Flesh.
While Belzebubs don’t have the high treble of Black Metal, the same approach to writing is there and the same timeless result has been achieved. Pantheon Of The Nightside Gods is a perfect fusion of brutal guitar riffs and breathtaking incidentals to create something savage, otherworldly and so awe inspiring it could almost bring a tear to the eye. The lyrics are worth a read even if you have no interest in the band’s music.
Incredible music combined with fun characters and entertaining videos make Belzebubs one of the best things around at the moment. Pantheon Of The Nightside Gods is a must have album, it is out on April 26th and you can preorder it from Century Media’s EU webstore or from Belzebubs’ own store which has some amazing patches and badges. 10/10
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Metal Report Editor.
Ex guitarist in Zenopede, ex vocals for a goth covers band that was hailed as the future of Welsh music, former DJ, promoter and nightclub director. Writer for Gear4Geeks’ Blog4Geeks and owner of Gear4Geeks ltd. First published music critique was Kerrang letter of the Week.
Definitely has never been the future, present or past of Welsh music.