Release DetailsLABEL Agonia Records
RELEASED ON 10/29/2013
That’s the phrase that I’ve been looking for: “Lacks a big payoff”.
Gators Rumble, Chaos Unfurls
Around the time of Meet Us At The Southern Sign, Glorior Belli’s founding member J. embraced his fascination with bluesy, testosterone-laden Southern rock/ metal (that of the bayou of Louisiana, not France), and successfully melded this sound with straight up, Orthodox-tinged black metal, black metal that drips with all of the mysterious trappings of the best of France. That’s a rather tall order, given that France still has one of the best black metal scenes in the world, but many reviewers, myself included, anointed Meet Us At The Southern Sign one of the best heavy metal albums of 2009.
However, Meet Us At The Southern Sign is still, first and foremost, a black metal album with dissonance and other genre aesthetics firmly in place. The follow up, The Great Southern Darkness, was much more rock oriented, but compensated for the relative downshift in brutality and dissonance with a very loud, beefy production that highlighted J.’s snarl as well as the album’s bigger riffs and loud drums. Glorior Belli elicited such a roaring response from the album’s standout track, “They Call Me Black Devil”, that J., essentially the creative force behind Glorior Belli, decided to make an entire record based off of that one song. That’s probably a bit of a harsh assessment, but, just about every song on Gators Rumble, Chaos Unfurls is stylistically similar.
Unfortunately, besides “They Call Me Black Devil,” the songwriting on The Great Southern Darkness did not quite live up to that song’s initial promise (the song was released prior to the album’s release, generating a great deal of hype), and The Great Southern Darkness was regarded as an opportunity missed. Basically, Gators Rumble, Chaos Unfurls also comes up a bit short for the same reasons.
The ingredients are all there: big riffs, an oily, angry sound that blends together black metal and Southern rock, a loud production, great vocals, a few blast beats, etc. Somehow, it just doesn’t quite gel together as virtually every song initially displays promise, but doesn’t quite hit the mark. Things start off well with “Blackpowder Roars,” a direct descendant of “They Call Me Black Devil,” with a balls out, bluesy riff nicely complemented with a slow pace and roars from J. But, subsequent tracks seem to peter out a bit when they should take off. Witness a song such as “Ain’t No Pit Deep Enough”, which has some good moments, but lacks a big payoff.
That’s the phrase that I’ve been looking for: “Lacks a big payoff”. That’s what I take away from Gators Rumble, Chaos Unfurls, an album that away seems to be one riff, or one moment, away from that payoff.
The Great Southern Darkness
9/27/2011 Glorior Belli
Meet Us At The Southern Sign
6/2/2009 Glorior Belli
Manifesting The Raging Beast