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The Epitome of Death/Black Metal - 85%

Immortalax, February 8th, 2012

Pestapokalypse VI is a concept album about the black plague that continues on the story from the end of Goatreich - Fleshcult and has been the underlying theme throughout the later albums.

This album is a must for all fans of death metal and "well produced" black metal. Pestapokalypse boasts some of the greatest and most interesting songs Belphegor have ever written and Belphegor have written a lot of arse-kickingly awesome songs. From start to finish this album is amazing. No pointless filler, no pointless songs (apart from maybe Das Pesthaus, still cool though). The first song Hell's Ambassador is a masterpiece, opening with a slow menacing riff, which is but a taste of what is to come. The next track, Seyn Todt In Schwartz, picks up the pace a bit with a melancholic overtone played at lightening pace. This continues throughout the album with a good balance of slow to mid to fast paced songs.

Basically the vocals on this album are fucking great. They vary a lot, which is something lacking on the albums proceeding this. Helmuth, to me, has always been one of the best extreme metal vocalists and this album is a prime example of his talent. There is a bit of layering on this album, that sounds demonic as fuck (no Deicide overuse bullshit though). Secondly, the guitars are produced perfectly. Sigurd (lead guitars) is fucking incredible at writing good interesting lead which never fails to please. A perfect balance of dissonance and melody played at the appropriate moments producing "eargasms". The drums typical to Belphegor are basic but good and aren't just a blast-fest. Yet again quite varied.

Nearing the end of the album is Sanctus Perversum, possibly the crux of Belphegor's song writing abilities. From the epic chants to the ridiculous lyrics and fiery explosion of tremolo picked riffs and intense blastbeats, this song is "A" class. The last track on the album is a strange instrumental that leaves the album open for a sequel. Unfortunately this great sequel never comes.

Standout tracks - All of them.

Brilliant tracks - Hell's Ambassador, Chants For The Devil 1533, Pest Teufel Apokalypse, Sanctus Perversum.