Hailing from France, today we have the return of Southern/Stoner Black Metal outfit Glorior Belli. In “Sundwon (The Flock that Welcomes)”, the band delivers eight tracks and around 48 minutes of very crafty and completely unique music. If you are a fan of the band already, this album further refines their very unique style and you will love it, if you are just curious, be ready for a very bizarre and different musical ride.
Opening with a bang, “Lies-Strangled Skies” delivers a crushing mostly straightforward Black Metal onslaught with heavy guitars and hyper fast drums. Combining the very characteristic sound of French Black Metal with some funky melodic guitars, the band crafts a very powerful opening piece. The second track continues in the same vein, but slowly introduces some of the band’s more melodic and crafty passages near the end.
For those expecting the Southern/Sludgy influences of the band, “Rebels in Disguise” and “Thrall of Illusions” deliver two very unique and oddly catchy songs that perfectly represent the band’s brand of weirdness. As the band pummels through the brilliant album title track, their musical journey leads them to “Satanists out of Cosmic Jail”, a song that is as funky as its name. Delivering very incisive riffs and a sense of urgency delivered through the pace of the song, this is definitely one of our favorite songs in this album.
Closing with the sinister “We Whose Glory Was Despided”, the band’s mastermind Billy Bayou perfectly encapsulates the band’s crafty sound with a mixture of brutal BM onslaughts and a very bizarre and eerie melodic/atmospheric section. As a whole, “Sundown” is quite a unique musical experience that perfectly balances the brutality of Black Metal and the band’s more esoteric and unconventional musical explorations. If you like unique and genre bending Black Metal, there is no question that you will love this release.
|Band: Glorior Belli
|Album: Sundown (The Flock that Welcomes)
Label: Agonia Records
Release: May 6th, 2016
Genre: Southern/Sludge Black Metal