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Twilight of the Black Holocaust is the second demo release from Belketre. Along with the likes of Mütiilation, Vlad Tepes and Torgeist, this band was a member of the French Black Legions. Released in 1994, this demo adheres to the sound that most people identify with the LLN. The production is atrocious and there is a strong feeling of hatred that comes across. This material is not on the same level as what would appear on the March to the Black Holocaust split, with Vlad Tepes, but it is somewhat decent.
The music is not very well developed. The first song, "The Dark Promise", does not even sound like black metal until late in the song. The drum rhythm is very pop-oriented and really kills the feeling. The vocal patters follow suit and just really demonstrate how clueless this band was, at the time. "Despair" is a brief instrumental with a mournful vibe, but this is but a fragment of an actual song. "Hate" is even worse, as it is nothing more than a minute of random screaming, unworthy of even being given a title. The only good song on here is the title track, which is very primitive and simplistic but manages to convey a melancholic and hateful feeling. Belketre would have been better off just releasing this as a single.
The production is as awful as one would expect, sounding as if it was recorded on a four-track that was placed about three rooms over from the band. The guitars are very thin and fuzzy, while the drums sound only slightly better than those on the early Mütiilation demos. The vocals seem to have a little too much reverb, at times, but that probably goes along with the very raw and under-produced approach.
This is not a spectacular release, but it is worth checking out for "Twilight of the Black Holocaust", at least. Though there is nothing wrong with "Despair", a much better version is available on the split album, rendering this one kind of useless. This is mostly recommended to those who are already familiar with the Black Legions, as this would not be a good starting place, otherwise.
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This is a small release from arguably the best band of LLN, Belketre. This piece of black metal is worth hearing, although it is composed unfortunately only of four tracks. The guitar tone is almost punk-oriented, with the hateful sonorities of black metal. Better get into the individual tracks:
01.The Dark Promise - A rocky, mid-paced start with menacing riff and the demented Belketre vocals, and also audible bass lines. The hatred in the vocals is with the riff from the refrain the high point. At the middle section of the song, a blastbeating passage, returning to the refrain in the end.
02.Despair - Morose guitar picking. At times it sounds hopeful, then falling back in even deeper pain. A single riff with desperate subtleties.
03.Twilight Of The Black Holocaust - Certainly the best song. Starting off with a very tragical, piercing solo. Spitting, indecipherable monologue about the incoming darkness. Then Vordb shows his abilities. Great war drumming, march, the mandatory blasting section. Simple riffs, but laden with destruction and menace. Amazing.
04.Hatred - The shortest song here. The guitars sound pretty confused, almost sweet. Then a moment of silence, before everything gets dark and a high pitched demon starts vomiting his curses over fallen humanity and God. The essence of Belketre.
This is recommended to those who want to get just a sample from the destroyer of life that Belketre was. Enjoy it.
Belketre one of the uber-kvlt, much hyped, Black Legions bands, loved by elistists all over. The question is, does this band deserve the respect it gets?
The opening Track "The Dark Promise" starts out with a much more Rock N' Roll drum beat and a bassline you can acctually here and the vocals are above BM standards and are quite pissed off sounding.
The song writring here is up on par with Mutilliation and Vlad Tepes, every thing flows very well for a cult-bm band.
Next is "Despair", a sorrowfull guitar interlude that leads into, "Twilight of The Black Holocaust". This song is reminisant of Ildjarn, with alot of pure argresstion seaping into the music.
To finish it all off we have the amazingly erie "Hatred", which pretty much lives up to its name, with highpichted pucking and screaming in the background.
Overall, A cult album worth checking out, without being quite as great as some of the more classic Vlad Tepes and Mutillation demos.