Review by Jacobo on October 6, 2004.
In the metal scene many bands have been around for quite some time, but unfortunately have not received what they deserve. Such is the case of Austria's Belphegor, who with their newest Lucifer Incestus, really prove how well they can unleash hell and leave bands like Marduk or Dark Funeral wondering how the hell they did it. Lucifer Incestus comes after Infernal Live Orgasm, one of the most 'live' sounding live CDs ever recorded, and sees the band following the black/death direction they are known for. I really hope this time the band can get to more people, because one thing is for sure: if you want heavy and unholy metal, it does not get any better than Belphegor.
Lucifer Incestus opens with 'Inflamate Christianos,' a normal intro (and only bad aspect of the CD) that really does nothing for the release. Why do bands keep on putting out boring intros instead of using that time for a piece of music or something else? It is just nonsense. Then comes 'The Goatchrist' and things really get interesting. The pummeling starts with heavy drums, courtesy of Torturer who is a freakin' machine, killer guitars and a production that is simple and clean, yet heavy as shit. In 'Demonic Staccato Erection,' we see the Belphegor using some keyboards that really give something extra to the overall composition. Another killer is 'Fukk the Blood of Christ,' which starts with a very Slayer-esque rhythm before turning into complete hell that somehow reminded me of Naglfar during the Diabolical era. In 'Ein-Hellfucked' we see the band following a more death metal path that will leave you screaming for mercy. 'Closer Fleshrequiem 69 Outro' sees the band doing some chanting and incorporating epic slow tempo rhythm's that together with some acoustic guitars, take you on a depressive journey. Good compositions, great production and a true art form. That's what metal is all about.
Lucifer Incestus is a really great CD for all you black/death freaks out there. Go out and get it! It may not be the most original piece of music you ever listened too, but it surely is one of the best ones released this year in the genre. Buy it and show Napalm Records that the American market is just as good as the European one when it comes to metal. I am saying this because in Europe Lucifer Incestus was released almost a year ago and that simply sucks.
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Rating: 7.6 out of 10