Belphegor aka Baal-Peor is the name of the biblical god of the Moabites, who were known to engage in illicit relations and practice human sacrifice! Demonology calls Belphegor, sloth incarnate. Recognized as the ‘Lord of the Gap’, he is a demon whose schemes lead to a life of listlessness depravity!
Belphegor is also a blackened death metal group from Austria, active since 1992. I’ve always found the group’s brazen use of Satanism and sexuality scintillating! Totenritual is the band’s eleventh studio album and I consider it a sinister collection of diabolic chants. This record is atmospherically slothful when compared to past efforts but it is every bit as brutal. Belphegor has decided to pump the brakes on their vile velocity. Totenritual isn’t a frenzied stabbing, it’s more of a slow, skin-peeling fillet. This sluggish titillation must be heard multiple times in order to be properly appreciated. These lower gears certainly bring the music of Belphegor to a whole new realm of evil but it may be a shock to those expecting the same vulgar urgency they have been previously known for.
This new record is Belphegor on the rebound. A lot of critics, myself included, did not appreciate the band’s last effort, Conjuring the Dead (2014). I thought the production values featured the drums too prominently, muddling a well-defined attack. It only makes sense for Belphegor to rethink their onslaught. Highlight tracks for me are: “Baphomet,” “The Devil’s Son,” “Swinefever – Regent of Pigs,” “Spell of Reflection,” and “Totenritual”.
Belphegor have reasserted themselves as a force to be reckoned with. Check out Totenrital and let these sluggishly demonic chants put a spell on you! \m/
2. The Devil’s Son
3. Swinefever – Regent of Pigs
4. Apophis – Black Dragon
5. Totenkult – Exegesis of Deterioration
7. Spell of Reflection
8. Embracing a Star
Helmuth – Vocals, Guitar
Serpenth – Bass
Bloodhammer – Drums