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Stunning brutality personified via Satan - 96%

ozzeh, April 4th, 2007

Belphegor's "Pestapokalypse VI" is a beast not to be taken lightly. If you're unfamiliar with Belphegor, well, they're a mix of one part death metal and one part black metal. These guys take their job seriously and the musicianship displayed in their latest opus shows they have no intention of slowing down or releasing anything less than phenomenal. The lyrical content on this release is predominately black metal oriented but the music itself seems to take a lot from death metal as well (in terms of sheer brutality and aggression).

"Hells Ambassador" is a precursor of the insanity to come. Crushing riffs weave in and out of this opener and Helmuth's vocals are precise as always. The drumming is also exceptionally well performed, but you know, this is Belphegor, would you expect anything less?

There are quite a few songs with foreign lyrics, but the choruses are typically in English. Not that this should really matter, but it needs to be noted that all of the songs with non-English titles are all exceptionally bad-ass. For example, the guitar playing on "Seyn Todt in Schwartz" is incredibly sorrowful but angry at the same time. Total fucking death indeed! "Angel of Retribution" & "Chants for the Devil" are two of the best works of art found on this masterpiece. Honestly, listen to the intro of "Angel of Retribution" and chances are you'll be hooked to Belphegor forever. They add an almost doom like atmosphere to some of these songs, but with an overt black metal overtone. The result is absolutely chilling extreme metal performed in the most mind fucking way possible.

The brutality really never ceases on this release. One thing I like about the whole album in general is the bass is very audible and the bass lines are very well played. The last three songs on the album pretty much follow the mold of the first half of the album : unrelenting blast beats, ungodly vocals and mesmerizing guitar playing. When all is said and done this is yet another classic to add to the growing list of insanely bad ass Belphegor albums. Not for the faint of heart, but thoroughly engaging and intelligently written.