Lord Belial - The Seal Of Belial (Regain Records/Candlelight) - Back
Here is the 5th full-length that Sweden's mighty Lord Belial have thrown out at us! “The Seal of Belial” is the most sophisticated-sounding album in their repertoire so far! With aggression, comes melody and with melody, comes progression and back again. This is what this album seems to do. They will hook you with heavy riffs and pounding drums, then insert acoustic guitar while somberly growling an evil verse in parallel. The Lord Belial also have some extremely modest solos and very catchy Amon Amarth-like rhythms that'll suck you right in to their domain. Honestly, there is no bad song on this disc. I've listened to this over and over without any dissatisfaction. The only setback for this album compared to their last two is that it isn't really as much of a brutal death metal album, but more of a melodic and aggressive one like “Enter the Moonlight Gate.” Of course I don't really think of that as a setback, I think it is what they should've been doing all along. That comparison will probably make the older fans like this one more! There are 8 tracks in all and over 45 minutes of superior black/death metal music. So fear not, Lord Belial are monsters ravaging through the world’s ranks once again. An immense offering!! For fans of Naglfar, Dissection, Amon Amarth, early-Dimmu Borgir, and many others among the black & death metal brethren...

Rating: 92

Reviewed By: Thomas Mitchell