Sunday, November 6, 2011
Glorior Belli - "The Great Southern Darkness" (2011) [Metal Blade Records]
This outside-genre incorporation isn't necessarily a bad thing... In a time where the very mention of the term "experimental" tends to turn up noses within black metal circles, a select few prove it is not only healthy, but, if done right, can be a much needed breath of fresh air. With this new album, these Frenchmen (and Italian drummer) have created what is undoubtedly the culmination of everything they have slowly incorporated over time. Due to the band's undeniable ability to perform a convincing "Southern" swagger along with a nice dose of blues-influenced-rock, it is incredibly fitting that the band has used the word Southern in its last two album titles. Naturally, the black metal is still there, though it is just one element which defines the "Glorior Belli Sound." This time around, I had no problem soaking this in within a single sitting and it flows exactly how a completed album should. Musically and vocally, Glorior Belli have take numerous paths to create a highly varied and enjoyable piece of work.