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Bondage Goat Zombie - Belphegor

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Death metal / Artist: Belphegor / Audio CD released 2008-04-15 at Nuclear Blast

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      26.10.2011 08:07

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      Higher than average BM fare, restricted by limited scope.

      Belphegor: Bondage Goat Zombie

      Label: Nuclear Blast, 2008

      Nationality: Austrian

      What we have here is something of a concept album from Austria's most demented of sons. The concept here is none other than the infamous father of S & M and faecal play Marquis de Sade! Despite the somewhat ludicrous album title and artwork, which might suggest pastiche rather than creative genius, this is an excellent black metal assault on the senses in the vein of Marduk's mid-period albums and EPs, (ie when they still made great music). The fact that they decided to make a concept album illustrates the confidence of the band and this confidence flows through the performance. Although a tad vulgar and obvious for my taste there is no denying that Belphegor are at the height of their powers although the parameters within which they tread will always limit their development. I'm sure they don't care one bit! One to switch off and go insane to.

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      28.08.2009 22:51
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      Solid and enjoyable blackened death metal

      With their seventh full length 'Bondage Goat Zombie', Austrian band Belphegor have opted to employ the time-honoured Dimmu Borgir method of album-naming: pick three dark-sounding words and stick them together in the hope that the result will sound all mysterious and evil. Unholy Werewolf Church. Perverted Warlock Ritual. Badger Sex Funeral. The possibilities are endless.

      The album is an enjoyable exercise in blackened death metal, frequently recalling Anaal Nathrakh in its use of chaotic and acerbic passages of furious black metal riffing complete with tight and overly melodic choruses, frequently merging this with middle-eastern scales and murky and majestic death metal passages very much in the vein of Nile. The songs are pretty varied: 'Justine Soaked In Blood ' recalls the eclectic, chugging grooves of Akercocke in places whilst 'Armageddon's Raid' slots a gothic doom riff that could be from a latter day My Dying Bride album in around its clattering black/death metal frame.

      Elsewhere there are (somewhat incongruous sounding) Spanish guitar passages and even the odd bluesy solo, and the album is packed full of excellent, catchy riffs, enjoyable solos and satisfying passages of blasting from start to finish, although the songwriting, whist more than competent, still leaves room for improvement. The atmosphere is further embellished by all the usual accompaniments; samples of tolling bells; female moans of sexual ecstasy; bellowed/screamed (yet in this case generally intelligible) vocals, blasphemous and perverted lyrics, frequent cries of "HAIL SATAN" and so on, and its a consistently entertaining listen, although there's nothing really here that I haven't heard before elsewhere.

      It has quite a cartoony feel to it too: whereas Akercocke manage to make their music sound serious and genuinely atmospheric despite its incredibly dramatic and over the top nature, Belphegor instead sound a little one dimensional and somewhat daft, something not helped by the cringeworthy attempt at crooned clean vocals that crops up towards the end of the album. Should further confirmation of the band's seemingly unintentional silliness be needed, when I saw them supporting Nile and Grave last year the singer pulled on a studded leather gimp mask mid-set and bellowed "F*CK THE CHURCH", before the band ripped into this album's title track. They put on a fantastic show though, and the album is a great listen, but is perhaps best enjoyed when not taken too seriously . The heavily photoshopped artwork is equally over the top, consisting of skimpily clad nuns in gasmasks and the like, and like the music feels a little derivative, but it does the job nicely enough.

      Bondage Goat Zombie isn't the most original album out there, but it remains well executed, varied and entertaining throughout, and is well worth a look for Nile and Anaal Nathrakh fans in particular.

      Tracklisting

      1. Bondage Goat Zombie 04:00
      2. Stigma Diabolicum 05:01
      3. Armageddon's Raid 05:07
      4. Justine: Soaked In Blood 04:07
      5. Sexdictator Lucifer 03:43
      6. Shred For Sathan 03:47
      7. Chronicles Of Crime 05:32
      8. The Sukkubus Lustrate 02:56
      9. Der Rutenmarsch 05:32

      Total playing time 39:44

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        18.08.2009 15:08
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        Ultra blackened death metal, It's fast, it's technical, it's evil, It rocks!

        Hails,

        This review is also posted on ciao.co.uk under the same username!

        For me, Bondage Goat Zombie was eagerly awaited, after their previous masterpiece of Pestapocalypse IV, I thought it impossible to top, and did it?? No, but definitely equalled it.

        In my mind, this album is perfection, it is the precision, technical blast beats from the bowels of hell, the swinging rythms and crunching riffing with sublime ultra satanic growls and heretic screaming we have come to know and love and expect from Helmuth and it is this combination that works everytime with their albums which proves the old addage that 'if it aint broken.... don't fix it'.

        Continually we are seeing bands trying to change their sound, get more intellectual or commercial, or pretend that they have gone all trippy from mind expanding drugs, which was common place in the 60's and 70's, which is tired and downright lazy! But in all honesty, most of the time, you listen to a band, particularly with this genre of blackened death metal, because you like their sound, you like them exactly as they are, and it is that sound, look, feel etc... that the fans want, even if it is slightly regurgitated, and with this album, Belphegor have looked over all of their albums, taken all of the best bits from each, torn them in half, chewed them up, ate a virgin and regurgitated this masterpiece that epitomises their sound and reproduces exactly what their fans wanted!!!!!

        1. Title track BGZ: Ultimately cool, after a demonic voice states, 'in hell we burn' you are hit by perfect blast beating with a quintessential helmuth rhythm, nice start, the lyrical content of sathan, sadomasichism and apparently zombies are the order of the day, a spectacularly brutal start to the album.

        2. Stigma diabolicum: starts off a bit slower, cleaner, and almost dissapointing until the crunch hits after the short intro, song proceeds to weave in and out of rythmic double bass blasts to single blast beats back to a slower pace, the time changes make you dizzy with glee!

        3. Armaggedons reign: here is one example of the 'formula' back at work, the time changes in parts are almost to similar with the previous song, the only real criticism I have is about the order of the song line up, these 2 are too close to each other in sound, drumming time changes etc.... still a classic song, just slightly overshadowed by its predecessor.

        4. Justine soaked in blood: all round cool time changes from up beat thrashy to down tuned slow crunching chords screaming 'dead f####d to pieces', love it!!!!!

        5. Sexdictator Lucifer: Sticking with the last song, slowed, brutal, it is all about the lyrics, sadomasichistic orgasms flying at you. The whole song is slow but the end leaves you with that feeling you are about to get a taste of some serious freaking speed!

        6. Shred for Sathan: and does it shred! Like most albums of Belphegor, they are fast, but always have the ultrafast, brutal track that leaves you with post traumatic stress disorder because it feels like you have had several machine guns shooting right at you, shell shock is nothing compared to this song! Play this song loud, play this repeatedly, play this song to your decaying deaf grandma neighbour, turn that knob all the way upto 11 because 10 just won't do this song justice! Do your part to SHRED FOR SATHAN!!!!!!!

        7. Chronicles of crime: simply awesome, good, wholesome, brutal death metal!

        8. and 9. The Sukkubus Lustrate and Der Rutenmarsch: this song deserves to be in the hall of fame for something just for having the word sukkubus in the title! But this song, which actually is 2 songs as the same rhythm and chord structure flow into the next song, actually it should just be one, perhaps they needed and extra track so chopped this in 2, I don't know, but I love these 2 tracks. It is not the fastest of the tracks, in fact in parts is the slowest, there is less lyrics then most, you know what? I will say no more, it is my favourite track and I WANT YOU to experience this song, it sent chills down my spine and the hairs on the back of my neck stand on edge, you know when you get that feeling from a song, it is a good one!

        Buy this album, support death and black metal artists! These guys don't do it for the money, not many of them are rich, they make almost no money from touring and can only tour if people are buying their albums, so buy this album, it is one of the best that will ever exist in this genre, it is timeless and a 'must have' for any self respecting metaller!
        Thanks for reading!

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          27.06.2009 16:34
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          Spewing fury from the bowels of hell!

          Coming across an album named like this, I decided I had to give it a listen - little did I know at the time that Belphegor have a habit of making goat related albums, this 2008 release was 3 years after their last bovidae influenced album "Goat Reich - Flesh Cult".

          Belphegor are insane chaps, blasting out death metal in the most venomous of ways, this is the kind of album that you turn down when you near traffic lights in case anyone hears it and reports you as a psychopath, Belphegor is extremely brutal, hatred filled angry music that seems so vulgar to the ears, that you can't imagine anyone taking the dark imagery particularly seriously.

          Music wise they are a tight outfit and any fan of death metal should be able to appreciate both their talented musicianship and the strength of the vocals. I wouldn't class Belphegor as technical death metal, their imagery and some of the sounds lend itself to black metal although for the most part it is musically death metal.

          Whether you like it or not, you can't accuse these Austrian chaps of not putting their blackened hearts and souls in to the music, the release of fury is endless from start to finish but due to whacky changes in pace, no one giving it a proper listen can accuse the tracks of sounding similar! I didn't pick up on this album last year but it's a very ballsy effort and deserved more coverage, at the very least in heavy metal circles.

          1 Bondage Goat Zombie
          2 Stigma Diabolicum
          3 Armageddon's Raid
          4 Justine: Soaked in Blood
          5 Sexdictator Lucifer
          6 Shred for Sathan
          7 Chronicles of Crime
          8 Sukkubus Lustrate
          9 Der Rutenmarsch

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          Disc #1 Tracklisting
          1 Bondage Goat Zombie
          2 Stigma Diabolicum
          3 Armageddon's Raid
          4 Justine: Soaked in Blood
          5 Sexdictator Lucifer
          6 Shred for Sathan
          7 Chronicles of Crime
          8 Sukkubus Lustrate
          9 Der Rutenmarsch