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Lord Belial | Unholy Crusade | review | metal | Lollipop
Unholy Crusade (Metal Blade)
by Paul Lee
I've been awaiting the release of this grand opus by Lord Belial for a couple of years, and I'm happy to say that these four malevolent Swedes have created another insane black metal masterpiece that's as good as or better than their last evil conjuration, Enter the Moonlight Gate. Unholy Crusade was unleashed by Swedish label No Fashion last Fall, and it's taken until now for Metal Blade to distribute it domestically. Though other Swedish bands like the Marduk, Dissection, and Dark Funeral have gained more attention, Lord Belial and their new, nearly 60-minute apocalyptic concept album are more than worthy to compete in Satan's league with their more infamous brothers in arms.
Without a doubt, I'm a fan of the mighty Marduk, but Lord Belial have a broader range of musical styles from which to draw, and have just as much violence in their music. When their intensity is mixed with flutes, cellos, classical guitars, and female vocals, there's so much going on that it takes numerous listens to appreciate.
Due to the fact that Lord Belial have had major problems releasing albums (Unholy Crusade was recorded in August of 1998), they may continue to live in the shadow of the more famous black metal acts and never get the recognition they deserve. If I had any say in the matter, I'd put them out in front with the big boys and tell those metal maniacs who've passed them by to get this release by hook or by crook.
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