Grand Belial's Key
Kosherat


4.0
excellent

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
January 11th, 2009 | 47 replies | 10,742 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Such is the bloodlust of these bearded hustlers.

8 of 8 thought this review was well written

After the release of the outstanding Judeobeast Assassination and significant line-up changes, chances were that Grand Belial’s Key were going to falter with their long overdue third full length, Kosherat. This, of course, is forgetting the fundamental aspect which makes Grand Belial’s Key such a fantastic band: they don’t give a fuck, and will gladly lower the earth into the fires of hell, leaving us at Satan’s whim. Without a doubt, the difference in the band’s sound and feel is very apparent, most importantly in the vocal department, but fortunately Grand Belial’s Key have not lost their marked character, nor their unique approach to black metal, which ultimately leaves Kosherat as one fantastic album.

Rather than the ‘in your face’ forceful blasphemy that made up the brunt of Judeobeast Assassination’s thrust, Kosherat is somewhat smoother, its melody covered in an even level of fuzz. This results in the album being a little more musically subtle than its predecessor, but the difference in execution does not necessarily mean a lessening in impact. The build-up midway through ‘The Red Heifer’, for example, is just as strong as any guitar line from Judeobeast Assassination, and its preceding moment of reflection makes it all the more forceful.

Production is again on the grittier side, but this does nothing more than further the band’s atmosphere. The slightly washed out feel is perhaps even more suitable on Kosherat, given its fuzzy nature. Moreover, coupling the production with the aforementioned ‘smoothening’ of GBK’s sound greatly improves the fluidity of the album, strengthening it as a whole, rather than it having to rely on particular moments of greatness, like Judeobeast Assassination.

The biggest change in the band however, is in the vocal section. The addition of vocalist Grimnir, who actually sounds rather similar to ex-vocalist ‘The Black Lourde of Crucifixion’, gives the album its defining character; whereas Gelal Necrosodomy’s guitar riffs characterize Grand Belial’s Key as a whole (as with Arghoslent), it is the vocal work which then furthers the album’s sound and gives it a personality. Other than the slight nuances in the music, it is largely Grimnir’s vocals which distinguish Kosherat from Judeobeast Assassination, giving it a distinct, separate feel. His gutturals and shrieks are very throaty, sometimes a little gurgly and perhaps could be likened to the USBM vocal style, a la Leviathan, although such a comparison is mostly arbitrary, and Grimnir’s technique doesn’t generally suck.

Kosherat just may be the last full length album from Grand Belial’s Key – 2008 gave us the excellent three way split between GBK, Absurd and Sigrblot, and that was perhaps the last new material we will see, other than possibly unreleased tracks. With that in mind, Kosherat has a slightly heightened significance as the closing chapter of the band’s extensive discography. It is perhaps a little harder to delve into this than the band’s so called ‘opus’, Judeobeast Assassination, as it is not so immediately outstanding, and takes a certain amount of time to unravel and reveal its true nature. Nevertheless, do not fret, as it is just as potent as any of GBK’s work, and is an excellent black metal album. Highly recommended.



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rasputin
January 11th 2009



14512 Comments


Ignore that there are two Kosherat's on the GBK page, it was the only way I could get around a stupid site bug. I've been meaning to review this for a while, glad to get it out.This Message Edited On 01.11.09

Jim
January 11th 2009



5110 Comments


fu[font=verdana]c[/font]king apostrophe's
good review mang. posed

windpromoteshate
January 11th 2009



179 Comments


Nice review man.

I have Mocking The Philantropist but have yet to listen to it, will do soon.This Message Edited On 01.11.09

rasputin
January 11th 2009



14512 Comments


Cheers guys, I've requested a merge so that should be done soon enough.
windpromoteshate, have you listened to Judeobeast?

robin
Emeritus
January 11th 2009



4241 Comments


you really know how to review something to outline definetely whether it deserves a listen or not, great stuff.

that said, not touching this. :p

rasputin
January 11th 2009



14512 Comments


Thanks man, and yeah, probably not your type of music.

freudianslipknot
January 11th 2009



803 Comments


read the review cos saw you had written it - great review as always - that said, unadulterated black metal is my least favourite type of metal, lyrically they seem like the flipside of the same coin alongside gospel music (which I absolutely loathe). Never too sure who is going for the bigger hard on at the sight of the crucified Christ.

Wizard
January 11th 2009



19206 Comments


I have yet to find Judeobeast Assassination and now I have to spend more money and get this too? Fuck rasp, I only make so many pennies in a day? Sweatshops suck dude.

Oh, and what pianotuna said above. He speaks the truth!

Digging: Merzbow - Dust of Dreams

SKUDstorm
January 11th 2009



136 Comments


Nice review Rasp. I really enjoyed Judeobeast so I am probably going to look into this.

SnackaryBinx
January 11th 2009



2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck i just picked this up man.

bastard
January 11th 2009



3435 Comments


I am late on these guys, should probably listen to Judeobeast right now.

great review rasp, once again.

gaslightanthem
January 11th 2009



5209 Comments


review is good but actually i may not check this out lol

Hawks
January 11th 2009



34204 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review man. Now I need Judeobeast Assassination and this.

Digging: Manners - Pale Blue Light

AvictimOfSociety
January 11th 2009



71 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Awesome review. This is a 4 just cause I love Judeobeast vocal style a little better, but still a badass slab of ass kickery!

rasputin
January 11th 2009



14512 Comments


Thanks a lot everyone.

This is a 4 just cause I love Judeobeast vocal style a little better

I'm pretty much the same. Also, if you haven't already, check out the new split, it's probably some of the best GBK songs I've ever heard. The other two bands are really good as well, I'm going to write up a review for it sometime soon.

Hawks
January 11th 2009



34204 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well its time for me to get this now. Got Judeobeast Assassination earlier today and I love it.

rasputin
January 11th 2009



14512 Comments


Yeah I saw that you had rated it. You should definitely check out the split as well, it's called Weltenfeind.

Hawks
January 11th 2009



34204 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Who else is on that?

rasputin
January 11th 2009



14512 Comments


Absurd and Sigrblot, as well as GBK.

Hawks
January 11th 2009



34204 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Never heard of either of those other bands. I'll check that out too. Probably tomorrow.



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