Belzebubs
Pantheon of the Nightside Gods


4.5
superb

Review

by industry plant USER (35 Reviews)
May 3rd, 2019 | 67 replies


Release Date: 04/26/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Crowned Future

Blackened melodeath band Belzebubs have built quite a name for themselves in the past few years. It's not hard to see why; currently, they're one of the greatest up-and-coming metal acts today, and their debut album Pantheon of the Nightside Gods is an absolutely stellar performance that perhaps cements them as future legends in metal.

Lead vocalist and bassist Hubbath's vocal performances are absolutely top-notch; in particular, his vocals on opener "Cathedrals of Mourning" and lead single "Blackened Call" are some of the greatest vocal takes in recent memory of the genre. His range is especially impressive; he's capable of both high-pitched screaming and very deep death-growling, somewhat comparable to vocalists like Trevor Strnad and even non-melodeath vocalists such as Randy Blythe and Her Name In Blood lead vocalist Ikepy; sometimes he unleashes surprises, such as sung vocals on tracks like "The Crowned Daughters", which prove to be genuinely interesting experiments rather than any sign of something such as artist disillusionment. Guitarist and backing vocalist Sloth brings out a very nice compliment to Hubbath's vocals both instrumentally and vocally, and there is a very notable progressive influence in his playing. Hubbath's bass playing is probably the most generic of the instruments, although it isn't saying much as generally everything here has the aforementioned progressive influence; this brings us to drummer Samael, who's fast-paced style adds that nice finishing touch to the instrumental performances. Lyrically, the album touches upon standard black metal topics such as death, spiritual happenings and religion, though this absolutely is not a detriment because they just pull it off so well:

Welkin turning
The stars descending
Such frail magic
As blackness veils thy eyes

-"Dark Mother"

The queen shall rise now
The wait is over
She’ll be reborn again to rule
This stranded earth

-"The Crowned Daughter"

The production work only adds to the album's greatness; the mixing job in particular is absolutely wonderful and manages to allow all the instruments to breathe and be heard, which only lets the band showcase their talent even more; the audible bass in particular was a pleasant surprise, as melodeath tends to have bass very low in the mix for reasons never quite explained. If there's anything negative to be seen here, its that Belzebubs have a bit more potential that they can tap into; but other than that, Pantheon of the Nightside Gods is a brilliant debut album that will no doubt put a lot of eyes on Belzebubs, because there is absolutely nothing but great things stored in the future for them.



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WeepinnWillow
May 3rd 2019


819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/0TAQARpkOylXFwDT81Hdvi?si=kEnwf6EGTQCwQs-410bc7w



Constructive criticism appreciated. This is one of my albums of the year, holy shit.

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Hellscythe
May 3rd 2019


4216 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

looks like you need to check out Insomnium since their vocalist is the vocalist here



this is basically just Insomnium mixed with early Dimmu Borgir

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veninblazer
May 3rd 2019


10170 Comments


@Hell: wait was that confirmed? Can't find any official info on that.

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Hellscythe
May 3rd 2019


4216 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

not publicly confirmed but anybody with functioning ears and a brain knows it

veninblazer
May 3rd 2019


10170 Comments


Fair. I was just thinking there'd be some official statement, but yeah he sounds identical and it's unlikely that it isn't based on that

Daesu
May 3rd 2019


96 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You can hear it very clearly, his vocals are fairly distinguishable.

Hellscythe
May 3rd 2019


4216 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

JP who does the Belzebubs webcomic does a lot of art for Insomnium, plus there's the Century Media and Dan Swano connections between this and Insomnium so



lot of connections there and I wouldn't be surprised if there were more members of Insomnium here too. may just be Insomnium entirely lol

WeepinnWillow
May 3rd 2019


819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Hell: I absolutely will do just that

CaptainDooRight
May 3rd 2019


4143 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Acheron is a cool jam

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PyramidNoise
May 3rd 2019


535 Comments


I always thought the singles were too polished to just be "some dude behind a webcomic's goofy joke album."

zaruyache
May 3rd 2019


21409 Comments


it's definitely the guy from Insomnium.

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Hawks
May 3rd 2019


73699 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Still gotta hear this.

TheNotrap
May 3rd 2019


12078 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Great jam, I dig their blackened Insomnium vibe.

The singer is probably Niilo Sevanen.



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DDDeftoneDDD
May 3rd 2019


8145 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

funny stuff. Prob will bump it to a 3. Finally a rev for us to discuss this X)

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Firedust
May 3rd 2019


1176 Comments


Definitely prefer this to Insomnium.

TheNotrap
May 3rd 2019


12078 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Hahha D and his everlasting love for melo

DDDeftoneDDD
May 3rd 2019


8145 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yap...that's the main reason, not the fun cartoony part...which I find pretty amusing. Oh and prob my lack of knowledge makes it really hard for me to take any BM vibe out of this...

TheNotrap
May 3rd 2019


12078 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I feel it





mindleviticus
May 3rd 2019


9926 Comments


damn I gotta listen. Love the comic

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WeepinnWillow
May 3rd 2019


819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I can hear a lot of black metal influence here tbh



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