Grand Belial's Key
Judeobeast Assassination


4.5
superb

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
November 12th, 2008 | 253 replies | 18,875 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Satanicunt.

4 of 6 thought this review was well written

Blackened death or deathened black, Grand Belial’s Key are fucking evil and will bring the full brunt of Satan’s hoof down on your face. Their second full length, the aptly titled Judeobeast Assassination, is a showcase of how little the band care for any tags that may be attached to them. They weave in and out of black and death territory, at times sounding impressively malevolent and at others laughably awesome; while listening to Judeobeast Assassination, you will find yourself not only energized by its ferocity, not only stunned in disbelief at how many fantastic riffs they managed to fit in, but also amazed at the band’s consistent melodic touch, even through their constant blaspheming and sodomy.

As an album, Judeobeast Assassination does not let up its assault on the senses throughout its length. Each and every song is chock full of ridiculously good riffing, the rhythm section dropping away to allow a greater focus on this particular aspect. Grim as they may be, the band does not allow their evident malice to become overbearing, and greatly infuse melody into their overall bleak outlook, whether it be through a lessening in the pace or a rather tasteful solo. Take for example ‘Lamb Of God Slain Will Be’; after battering you for well over four minutes, the track finishes off with a slower and greatly melodic riff, seemingly inappropriate regarding the album’s general sound, but incredibly well pulled off. This changing of mood is apparent all over the album: ‘Satanicunt’ is another prime example of how well the band combines irreligiously brutal ear mauling with a slightly more elegant conception of black metal.

Grand Belial’s Key does the whole anti-religious thing rather well. They push the concept to such an extent that you know they’re laughing at the idiots who buy it, but don’t become engrossed in it so much so that they resemble something lame like Deicide. Track titles such as ‘The Shitagogue’ and ‘Satanicunt’ are offensive simply for the point of offending, and fit the album’s sound perfectly.

Vocally, the album could not be better. Mid ranged gutturals punctuate the guitar lines sublimely, and their raw and unrefined nature goes hand in hand with the album’s gritty sound. To say the album is under-produced would not be wrong, but to say that this affects the album adversely would be; a large portion of the album’s force comes from its dirty resonance, and having it any other way would undoubtedly lessen Judeobeast Assassination’s strength as an album.

Frankly, Grand Belial’s Key are not a toe out of line with Judeobeast Assassination. It’s an album of every extreme, yet remains hugely listenable and unquestionably well put together. Constantly staying well above the point of linear monotone, the album's focus on relentlessly remaining inventive and appealing results in what is a superb album. Highly recommended.



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charlesfishowitz
November 12th 2008



1794 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

only queers dont like this

rasputin
November 12th 2008



14512 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

albm rulz

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
November 12th 2008



17920 Comments


Constantly staying well above the point of falling into a linear monotone


i would say 'constantly staying well above the point of linear monotone' otherwise gayd review

rasputin
November 12th 2008



14512 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

cheers mang

McP3000
November 12th 2008



3941 Comments


album's premise is beyond laughable

rasputin
November 12th 2008



14512 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

slays for days man

DBlitz
November 12th 2008



1690 Comments


Satanicunt

Will check this out.

rasputin
November 12th 2008



14512 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good. I'll add that if anybody likes Dissection, they should listen to this immediately.

Windows
November 12th 2008



76 Comments


Grand Belial’s Key are fucking evil and will bring the full brunt of Satan’s hoof down on your face.


Made me laugh.

jrowa001
November 12th 2008



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cool review. ive had this on my wishlist in rym for a little but. havent gotten around to getting it, but i will soon

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 12th 2008



16242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This looks pretty interesting...

Willie
Moderator
November 12th 2008



15875 Comments


Sounds cool but "even through their constant blaspheming and sodomy." has me a bit worried ;)

Digging: Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse - 20th Year Anniversary

Anthracks
November 12th 2008



3665 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is kinda really boring.

thegodparticle
November 12th 2008



37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Each and every song is chock full of ridiculously good riffing

Thanks to Pogrom. The man is a riff machine, and he definitely has his own sound. I still think he's better in Arghoslent though. Good review.

rasputin
November 12th 2008



14512 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks to Pogrom. The man is a riff machine, and he definitely has his own sound. I still think he's better in Arghoslent though. Good review.

Yeah, I was going to mention they had members of Arghoslent but decided to keep names out of the review just in case I made a mistake, because I'm not too familiar with the band's line-up history and such.

thegodparticle
November 12th 2008



37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

He goes by Gelal Necrosodomy in GBK, but yeah, same guy. I believe he's the original guitarist for both bands, but I'm not 100%. He's my favorite part of both though, without a doubt.

Angmar
November 12th 2008



2689 Comments


Excellent album, gives watered down shit USBM a run for its money that's for sure.



BallsToTheWall
November 12th 2008



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Missed this.Good review. Will find immediately. Sieg.

Essence
November 12th 2008



3576 Comments


I still can't take this album seriously with a songtitle involving the word "Shitagogue".

Angmar
November 12th 2008



2689 Comments


Umm, it's fucking black metal, it's kind of a genre where you have to you know... forget the image and listen to the MUSIC.



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