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Noctrunal Beast = Digipack = (CD)
At first listen, it certainly seems as though the contract that Lord Belial entered into with their namesake is finally starting to pay dividends. After nearly a decade spent trying to emulate the likes of Dissection, Nocturnal Beast is as much a surprise release as it is a crucial lifeline for the band. Gone is the relentless and, more often than not, pointless blasting. Tossed out the window alongside that are the quasi-classical flourishes that really hit their overwrought pinnacle on Lord Belial's last album, The Seal of Belial . Instead, "Insufferable Rituals" and "Fleshbound" slow things down to a brooding simmer, showing off a dark, foreboding side of the band that prior to this effort was very rarely let out for air. The results are stunning; this is clearly the style that Lord Belial are more comfortable with and, most importantly, are highly adept at playing. While the doom-tinged black metal that's on show here is definitely against type for the band, at no point does it feel as though the Swedes have entirely cast aside their identity; rather, Nocturnal Beast is rebirth of sorts for the band and definitely a direction which one would hope is not just a one-off bout of casual experimentation.
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Type: CD
Recorded: 2005
Release Date: 2022-08-19
Label: Regain Records
Country: Euro
Item No: RRCD075
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Track List
01 Invocation of the 78th Demon (Intro)
02 Succubi Infernal
03 Demonic Possession
04 Desolate Passage
05 Nocturnus
06 Insufferable Rituals
07 Monarchy of Death
08 Fleshbound
09 Spiritual Damnation
10 Indoctrination of human sorrow
11 Deathmarch (Outro)
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