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Boomkat Product Review:
France isn't the first country that springs to mind when ruminating over the black metal genre - Norway maybe, and in more recent years the troubled USA, but France...? Those in the know are well aware of French BM superiority - we have Deathspell Omega, Blut Aus Nord and more recently Monarch doing the do for all things blackened so maybe there is a pedigree from that land better known for love songs. Now we have Glorior Belli, who have been snapped up by the ever reliable Southern Lord for their debut emission and seem to revel in their knowledge of classic black metal. You see this is metal in the mould of early Mayhem and Darkthrone, and luckily that's just the sort of metal I want to hear right now - rasping vocals, pounding hyperactive percussion and riffs straight from the bowels of hell. Maybe I shouldn't but for some reason when I was listening to this I was picturing the band from Adult Swim's Metalocalypse, that's not a bad thing but is probably bringing humour where it's just not wanted. This record ain't funny - from beginning to end we have dour emotion over dour emotion with songs typically approaching such classic BM subjects as Lucifer, self harm and sinister bestial imagery. So not an album to play to grandma then, but if you're after a fast and frenetic journey into the blackest world of metal then you can't do much better than this - it's almost good enough to have me forget the Norman Conquest... well, almost. Recommended!