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“Loathed Be Thy Name – this song was inspired by Cthulhu Mythos and written from the perspective of a disciple praying to the Dread Lord. H.P. Lovecraft has always been a huge inspiration for me. His writing seems to have a way of expanding your consciousness and taking you somewhere new. Absolute genius.” – Bestialord

 

Law of the Burning offers nine menacing tracks shrouded in darkness and Lovecraftian atmosphere. Bluesy solos and thick dreadful riff structures authenticate its doom foundation, whereas the spirited vocal, incorporating the ghoulish energy of David Vincent and ancient caveman like tone of Lee Dorrian at the same time, acts as the harbinger of ghastly death metal atmosphere.

 

http://newnoisemagazine.com/stream-bestialord-loathed-thy-name/

 

 

Bestialord was formed in 2016 by vocalist/guitarist Mark Anderson (Manilla Road, Sanctus Infernum) and drummer Chris Johnson (Sanctus Infernum), with the line-up rounded out by bassist Rob Harris. Their debut album Law Of The Burning showcases their unique style described as Occult Horror Doom, and one listen clearly showcases their influences which includes Celtic Frost, Candlemass, Morbid Angel, and Mercyful Fate.

 

The album launches head first in to their take on an atmospheric death metal sound layered over a heavy doom foundation. The first song, The Doom That Came, starts with a teasing instrumental opener full of atmosphere, before launching into a heavy, doom-laden sound. Mark Anderson’s vocals have that traditional growl sound, yet are clear and audible. The middle of the song features a killer, thrashy guitar solo that will have you head-banging along. The second track “Vermin” really solidifies the bands sound. The blackened doom sound is stronger with some great key and pace changes to keep things interesting and another guitar solo. The drums really stand out on this track as they are faster paced, with some solid blast beats.

 

 

 

All Fall Down opens with some sound bites of an angry crowd accompanied by an acoustic guitar instrumental. This leads into a song that has a heavier more epic feel that fans of very early 80’s extreme metal will love. The lyrics stray into themes of social destruction, which is highlighted by a vocal style that is getting raspier and more death metal sounding. There is an almost power metal element to this song that really draws you in. The track really picks up towards the end and draws the listener in. This leads in to the title track of “The Law Of Burning” in which the band really hit their stride. The vocals are a stand out, along with an excellent bass line. The band have figured out their sound and really improve on it showing some great musicianship. Every track has featured a guitar solo but this one has an epic, almost symphonic quality. The song is faster paced and you can’t help but find yourself growling and air guitaring along. Definitely my pick as the stand out track on this album.

 

 

 

The following three tracks: Marduk Kurios, I Am Pain and Loathed by the Name really solidifies the bands sound. Lyrical themes of war and death abound with a touch of a fantasy/occult element. In each song the band tries something new whilst sticking to their core atmospheric death-touched doom genre. Heavy choruses buffeted by spirited guitar solos, clear yet gutteral vocals and some very heavy drum work abound. There is nothing truly ground-breaking but each song draws you in and keeps your interest.

 

We see a slower pace being adopted with Above The Vaulted Sky. The symphonic instrumental over nature sounds in this tracks opening really grab your attention, as does the songs womanly subject matter. The pace is slower yet heavier with a building feel throughout. The band try for something different here and it really works, showcasing the skills if the members. They continue this ambitious fell with the closing track What Is The End. The bass line really stands out on this track as the song takes on a more epic, power metal feel. This track is designed to draw you in, keep your interest and get you rocking along. It does this well, ending the album on a real high note.

 

Law Of The Burning is a very solid effort from some clearly talented musicians. They know the sound they are after and really work to bring that to the listener, taking them on a journey.  A great harbinger of things to come for Bestialord. If you are someone who likes to break out the greatest hits of the early 80s extreme metal scene, this album is for you.

 

https://overdrive-mag.com/2017/12/19/review-bestialord-law-burning/

 

 

OK, one of the selling points being pushed here is that this band features a member of Manilla Road.

 

Hey, I love Manilla Road – Crystal Logic and Mystification in particular. Shelton, Park, Fisher and later the crazy off-meter percussion patterns of Foxe…some really good, quirky “outsider metal” there.

 

Oh, wait, he came well after the classics, circa the early 2000s. Yeah, know nothing about that era – Shelton lost me by Courts of Chaos (the older-styled “book of skelos” aside).

 

So anyway…how to describe this one? It’s sort of pre-Covenant Morbid Angel by way of early Nocturnus vocals (yeah, Anderson sounds a lot like Mike Browning here, with just a touch of earlier David Vincent) appended to a quirky/simplistic riffing style falling somewhere between the uber-basicness of Acheron and the off-kilterness of Shelton and Manilla Road…but as pressed very pointedly into the service of first wave black metal or a late 80’s-ish, very Americanized take on blackened thrash.

 

I guess if you take the Nocturnus demos and bring them down more to an Acheron-ish level of fretboard skill, you’d get Bestialord. It’s certainly “blackened” enough on the lyrical end.

 

I was good with this, it felt extremely retro 1988-1990, with a far less tech-inclined Morbid Angel/Nocturnus vibe.

 

https://thirdeyecinema.wordpress.com/2017/12/13/holy-hoarfrost-its-here-the-historically-habitual-hilarity-of-the-holidaze-roundup/

 

 

Formed last year by ex-Manilla Road bassist Mark Anderson alongside his bandmate Chris Johnson from Sanctus Infernum, Bestialord offers up their version of occult/horror themed doom on their debut full length ‘Law of the Burning’.  While there have been plenty of bands that have fallen into that category in recent years, where Bestialord differs is in their ability to pull in riffs that recall death metal’s earlier days just as much as doom.  It’s a combination that’s drenched in an ominous, gritty atmosphere that feels appropriately old-school without treading too closely to any one particular band.  With ‘Law of the Burning’ due out on January 1st courtesy of Cimmerian Shade Recordings and Symbol of Domination Productions, today we’re premiering the track All Fall Down.

 

Bestialord establishes a dark and ominous vibe early on with a soft, eerie melody that leads into the type of bottom heavy distortion you’d expect from doom.  But the instrumentalists have taken a very different approach from the usual retro doom sound, instead capturing a grittier, bass heavy sound that pulls just as much influence from earlier death metal as it does Candlemass.  The riffing throughout All Fall Down is drenched in grime and decay and moves along at a mid-tempo pace that emphasizes the lurching bass grooves and crunchier guitar tone.   It’s not quite as bottom heavy as what one might think of when they hear death/doom as of late, with the production opting for the dirt and grime over sheer weight, but it still leaves an impression with the eerie leads and haunting atmospherics.  Plus the solo around the three quarter mark adds to the haunting nature of the track considerably, helping to break up the mid-tempo groove perfectly.

 

Mark Anderson handles the vocal work throughout ‘Law of the Burning’ and he utilizes a raspier scream that hangs over the recording with a ghoulish presence.  This is where a lot of the death metal vibe I get from the track comes from as Anderson’s pitch is reminiscent of a number of vocalists from that genre, particularly those that are more horror oriented.  The production values allow the screams to hang over the instrumentation and take the spotlight on more than one occasion, and this helps to add a little bit more bite to the material.  It’s a nice change of pace from the clean singing you’d expect from doom of this type, and is one of the elements about Bestialord that I think will grab a good deal of listeners.

 

Other songs on ‘Law of the Burning’ explore some Mercyful Fate style heavy metal and even some very early black metal alongside the death metal tonality, but at its core this remains a doom album.  Bestialord is old-school in the best way possible, channeling just about every side of extreme metal’s roots without coming off as cashing in on nostalgia.  The group’s left themselves room to expand further upon these concepts, but they’ve still delivered a catchy yet eerie debut.  ‘Law of the Burning’ is out January 1st on Cimmerian Shade Recordings and Symbol of Domination Productions.

 

https://tometal.com/song-premiere-u-s-doom-band-bestialord/

 

 

Bestialord have already chosen their name, but if they hadn’t, I would have suggested Riff Lord (it seems that “Rifflord” has already been taken). Seriously, if you don’t want to severely strain your levator scapulae, I’d recommend you give them a good limbering up before listening to this new Bestialord song from their debut album, Law of the Burning, because headbanging is pretty much compulsory.

 

But there’s also some logic in the name this trio did choose for themselves, because their brand of occult horror doom also sounds like it was concocted in the infernal lair of a bestial demon overlord.

 

Bestialord was formed roughly a year ago in Wichita, Kansas, by two members of Sanctus Infernum — Mark Anderson (ex-Manilla Road) and Chris Johnson — who were soon joined by bassist Rob Harris. This first album was recorded earlier this year and will be jointly released on New Year’s Day, 2018, by Symbol of Domination and Cimmerian Shade.

 

The song we bring you today through a lyric video is “Vermin“. It seems to tell the tale of a vicious and remorseless judgment being passed upon some doomed soul by a supernatural narrator.

 

The mid-paced music has a primitive and primal power that draws not only from the song’s ominous and brutish (and highly infectious) riffing but also from the kind of drum tone that makes the snare cracks feel like spontaneous skull fractures and the bass booms resonate in your lower intestines, and the vocalist’s craggy growls sound just as savage and heartless as the words he’s proclaiming.

 

As suggested earlier, the song also has a supernatural atmosphere, thanks to the eerie, spectral reverberations of the lead guitar and the freakish sound of the solo that rears its horned head in the song’s back half.

 

http://www.nocleansinging.com/2017/12/01/an-ncs-video-premiere-bestialord-vermin/

Pelo jeito, o ano novo que mal começou já nos dá um lampejo de esperança e certeza de boa dose de entretenimento metálico. Tomemos como exemplo o Bestialord.

 

Lançado em 01/01, “Law of the Burning”, seu álbum de estréia, já nos trás a melhor das expectativas, pois quem consegue harmonizar com tanta maestria Doom Metal com Death Metal é merecedor de ao menos um voto de confiança.

 

Apesar da clara opção estética e sonora da banda, a mesma abole o Doom Metal marcha lenta sorumbático para aplicar suas virtudes em um som mais dinâmico, bastante pesado, situado em algum ponto entre o próprio Doom e o Metal tradicional.

 

Assim sendo, no lugar de arranjos que, muitas vezes, podem causar sonolência nos menos familiarizados ao gênero, temos andamentos empolgantes, densamente cadenciados e pontualmente melódicos, que cativam e evidenciam uma banda com sólidos princípios e identidade já definida.

 

Não chega a ser ousado, mas também está muito longe do genérico. “Law of the Burning” reflete aquilo que toda banda extrema almeja em sua estréia: um disco forte, agressivo e marcante. “All Fall Down” e “Marduk Kurios” são indicativos de que o caminho a ser trilhado é espinhoso, mas é correto. Bom demais da conta.

 

http://metalnalata.com.br/site/bestialord-law-of-the-burning-2018/

 

 

MANILLA ROAD, au même titre que VENOM, offre une vision très old-school et primaire du Metal, y mélangeant le Black, le Speed, le Death, le Doom, bref tout ce qui est crade et pue la mort ! Au premier abord, on a souvent un mouvement de recul en ce demandant où veut en venir le groupe, mais au final, c'est l'authenticité qui finit toujours par ressortir. Un ex-membre de MANILLA ROAD revient avec un nouveau groupe, offrant là son premier album, Law Of The Burning, il s'agit de Mark Anderson, bassiste du groupe de 2000 à 2002, qui tient ici le chant et la guitare au sein du trio BESTIALORD. L'homme est accompagné de Chris Johnson, batteur de SANCTUS INFERNUM aux côtés de Mark justement, la basse étant ici tenue par Rob Harris pour compléter le trio, format de groupe standard pour le style.

 

Alors, pour ceux qui connaissent SANCTUS INFERNUM, on est justement pas très loin avec ce Law Of The Burning mais en même temps assez loin. Dans les intentions, on sent que la patte est la même, sauf qu'ici tout est brut, peut être un peu trop parfois, avec SANCTUS INFERNUM, c'est plus produit, plus moderne également dans la production. C'est d'ailleurs ce qui frappe en premier, le côté plat de la production, le grain de la guitare est aussi habillé qu'une playmate sur la page de juillet d'un calendrier pour chauffeur routier (ah le cliché !), la basse est plutôt noyée dans l'ensemble et la batterie est d'un naturel assez déconcertant. Toutefois, à l'image d'un "Loathed Be Thy Name", le travail d'arrangement et de production est bien plus fin que ce que l'on entend en surface, le style exigeant que vous vous immergiez totalement dans la musique, et au final, BESTIALORD démontre qu'il n'est pas obligé de survitaminer les guitares, d'en avoir 2 ou 3 d'ailleurs, de trigger la batterie, pour faire vivre des émotions à l'auditeur. Il faut juste savoir lâcher prise pour entrer dans l'univers proposé là, une chose de plus en plus difficile dans notre société qui nous pré-mâche un peu tout maintenant.

 

Attention, il y a bien quelques défauts sur cet album, le style brut et old-school ne couvre pas tout, la verrue de la guitare en son clair au début et à la fin de "All Fall Down", un son de caisse claire trop présent ("The Doom That Came") expriment des choix qui, s'ils avaient été dans le sens de l’esthétisme, n'auraient pas dénaturer pour autant le propos initial. Et lorsque le trio s'essaie à ralentir le rythme, ce n'est pas encore au niveau du reste, pour exemple cet ultime "What Is The End" qui brille surtout pour son solo central et nous laisser entrevoir un potentiel également dans ce domaine, mais ce titre n'est pas tellement marquant, il ne s'y passe pas grand chose malheureusement.

 

Pour le reste, la musique de BESTIALORD n'est pas extrême, souvent proche du Heavy Speed Metal d'un VENOM, c'est la voix de Mark Anderson qui la rend moins accessible. Un peu comme ACID WITCH, la voix tire sur le rendu Black Metal par son aspect crasseux, enlaidie par une approche gutturale qui correspond parfaitement avec l'effet escompté. Cet album n'est cependant pas aussi inspiré que les grandes œuvres de MANILLA ROAD, il manque encore un peu de folie, on a envie de taper du pied mais pas encore envie d'headbanguer avec mamie venue pour le gigot du dimanche, un album moyen qui passera comme il est venu mais qui permettra de dire plus tard, « voilà comment tout a commencé », les bases étant tout de même solides.

 

http://heavysound.kazeo.com/chroniques-chroniques-cd-c28023268

 

MANILLA ROAD au même titre que VENOM offrent une vision très old-school et primaire du Metal, y mélangeant le Black, le Speed, le Death, le Doom, bref tout ce qui est crade et pue la mort ! Au premier abord, on a souvent un mouvement de recul en ce demandant où veut en venir le groupe, mais au final c'est l'authenticité qui finit toujours par ressortir. Un ex-membre de MANILLA ROAD revient avec un nouveau groupe, offrant là son premier album, Law Of The Burning, il s'agit de Mark Anderson, bassiste du groupe de 2000 à 2002, qui tient ici le chant et la guitare au sein du trio BESTIALORD. L'homme est accompagné de Chris Johnson, batteur de SANCTUS INFERNUM aux côtés de Mark justement, la basse étant ici tenue par Rob Harris pour compléter le trio, format de groupe standard pour le style.

 

Alors, pour ceux qui connaissent SANCTUS INFERNUM, on est justement pas très loin avec ce Law Of The Burning mais en même temps assez loin. Dans les intentions, on sent que la patte est la même sauf que là où ici tout est brut, peut être un peu trop parfois, avec SANCTUS INFERNUM, c'est plus produit, plus moderne également dans la production. C'est d'ailleurs ce qui frappe en premier, le côté plat de la production, le grain de la guitare est aussi habillé qu'une playmate sur la page de juillet d'un calendrier pour chauffeur routier (ah le cliché !), la basse est plutôt noyée dans l'ensemble et la batterie est d'un naturel assez déconcertant. Toutefois, à l'image d'un "Loathed Be Thy Name", le travail d'arrangement et de production est bien plus fin que ce que l'on entend en surface, le style exigeant que vous vous immergiez totalement dans la musique, et au final, BESTIALORD démontre qu'il n'est pas obligé de survitaminer les guitares, d'en avoir 2 ou 3 d'ailleurs, de trigger la batterie, pour faire vivre des émotions à l'auditeur. Il faut juste savoir lâcher prise pour entrer dans l'univers proposé là, une chose de plus en plus difficile dans notre société qui nous pré-mâche un peu tout maintenant.

 

Attention, il y a bien quelques défauts sur cet album, le style brut et old-school ne couvre pas tout, la verrue de la guitare en son clair au début et à la fin d'"All Fall Down", un son de caisse claire trop présent ("The Doom That Came") expriment des choix qui, s'ils avaient été dans le sens de l’esthétisme, n'auraient pas dénaturer pour autant le propos initial. Et lorsque le trio s'essaient à ralentir le rythme, ce n'est pas encore au niveau du reste, pour exemple cet ultime "What Is The End" qui brille surtout pour son solo central et nous laisser entrevoir un potentiel également dans ce domaine, mais ce titre n'est pas tellement marquant, il ne s'y passe pas grand chose malheureusement.

 

Pour le reste, la musique de BESTIALORD n'est pas extrême, souvent proche du Heavy Speed Metal d'un VENOM, c'est la voix de Mark Anderson qui la rend moins accessible. Un peu comme ACID WITCH, la voix tire sur le rendu Black Metal par son aspect crasseux, enlaidie par une approche gutturale qui correspond parfaitement avec l'effet escompté. Cet album n'est cependant pas aussi inspiré que les grandes oeuvres de MANILLA ROAD, il manque encore un peu de folie, on a envie de taper du pied mais pas encore envie d'headbanguer avec mamie venue pour le gigot du dimanche, un album moyen qui passera comme il est venu mais qui permettra de dire plus tard, "voilà comment tout a commencé", les bases étant tout de même solides.

 

http://www.metalnews.fr/chroniques/law-of-the-burning

 

 

Despite what a name like Bestialord would suggest, the Wichita band’s debut album actually sounds rather clean by death/doom standards. Law of the Burning is a melodic album, though its influence from groups like Celtic Frost, Candlemass, and Obituary can be strongly felt throughout. The guitars match intricate riffs with a fiery tone, the drums generally opt for active rhythms, and the surprisingly enunciated rasps recall a mix of Altars of Madness-era Dave Vincent and Repulsion’s Scott Carlson with a subtle black metal undercurrent.

 

The results are clean and competent, but the production also makes things sound rather stiff at times. The drums often seem hollow and the guitar tone is stilted, lacking much of the ominous or existential feeling essential in most death/doom. Fortunately, the actual performances are well done and the lead guitars on the title track do occasionally invoke an eerie dread reminiscent of Scream Bloody Gore-era Death.

 

 

In addition, the different influences on display does result in some varied songwriting. Most of the songs run the gauntlet of speedy pacing to sluggish doom as songs like the appropriately titled closer “What is the End” prominently reside in the slower end of the spectrum while others like “Vermin” and “I Am Pain” serve as aggressive beatdowns. There’s nothing to really hate about these tracks, but they aren’t too outstanding either.

 

Overall, Law of the Burning is a decent debut though it needs an extra oomph that would really help Bestialord stand out. The musicianship is solid and the diverse songwriting is welcome, but the artificial production job keeps the band from being a true staple of death/doom. I think a more savage-minded approach and more memorable writing will help Bestialord on future efforts, but their debut may still be worth checking out for a somewhat cleaner look at the genre.

 

http://www.indymetalvault.com/2018/01/05/album-review-bestialord-law-burning/

 

Lord Of The Burning is the debut album of Kansas based doom metal band Bestialord. Bestialord were formed by members of Sanctus Infernum and play self styled occult horror metal. Bestialord offer up a very old school sound with 80’s doom metal being the prevalent influence though there is a big influence from old school death metal and black metal. The pace of the songs alters throughout the album giving a bit of variation and helping to retain interest. You get slow burning doom such as What Is The End to faster paced ones such as the title track.

 

The performances are great throughout the album. The harsh vocals by frontman Mark Anderson really add to the evil and malevolent feel of the album. The performances are complimented by a fine production job which is clear but not too clean sounding. Bestialord have a great debut album to put out in January which is a pure love letter to 1980’s extreme metal. Lord Of The Burning oozes pure nostalgia and by the end of it you will have an overwhelming urge to grab your Celtic Frost and Candlemass records and give them a spin.

 

http://musipediaofmetal.blogspot.ru/2017/12/reviews-ghost-apophys-bestialord.html

 

 

Offering nine tracks of occultism based doom metal, Law of the Burning is the debut album from Bestialord. Influenced by the likes of Morbid Angel, Cathedral, Celtic Frost and Mercyful Fate, the record will be released on January 1st 2018 via Symbol of Domination & Cimmerian Shade Recordings (USA).

 

Menacing & shrouded in dark atmosphere, Law of the Burning is an album that is layered thickly with doom heaviness. The methodical approach to delivering a disturbing level of ghastly riffs, solos & twisted vocals is quite something.

 

The Doom That Came burns slowly while Marduk Kurios has a bit more energy to it. Both throw in spirited, screeching solos to give a more rounded & full sound. Chugging along with just the right touch of classic doom mixed with a smoother, modern sound. Above the Valued Sky ups the occultist feel to the album before All Fall Down drops the catchiest number so far with a trippy guitar solo that leaves a mark.

 

Those influences can certainly be heard throughout especially within the vocals. Dark death metal with just a hint of energy. A good example is the title track that switches between thumping slow doom & faster, traditional metal riffing.

 

By time Bestialord hit the penultimate track ‘Vermin’, they’ve confirmed themselves as a band to get excited about within the heavy doom/occult metal scene. Drawing a lot of their strength from inspiring trips into darkened caves of the past, Law of the Burning closes out with one final heavy push in I Am Pain.

 

A thunderstorm of a finale bringing raging darkness to cover the earth.

 

https://gbhbl.com/album-review-bestialord-law-burning-symbol-domination-cimmerian-shade-recordings/

 

 

Law of the Burning by Bestialord is a piece of gloomy, rough death/doom that gives us a very no-frills approach to the genre. The sound is decidedly old-school and resembles slower death metal from the turn of the 90s with a bit of campy “first wave black metal” overt evil in the vocals, lyrics, and low, gloomy sound thrown in to round out the band’s personality quite a bit. This debut is actually a pretty good one considering how a stripped-back approach to death/doom could end up being really sluggish and simple. Law of the Burning avoids a lot of the pitfalls involved in the style and actually give us something that does a good job of sounding rotten and ugly while keeping the songs going well.

 

 

The guitars on here generally run at a pace that’s creeping, but rarely plodding. It actually gets up to faster speeds at some points without losing its darkened gloam and doomy feeling. Even so, the vocals are probably what gives this the most kick since the guy singing here delivers his lines with a lot of venom and clear enunciation to let you know about the evil things he hisses forth. The verses he delivers on “Vermin” and “Loathed Be Thy Name” sound a lot like he’s invoking some hateful elder entity. This isn’t the most unorthodox band in the world, but they do know how to do a lot with their instruments and make their rotten stomping carry a lot of darkness and get heads swaying. The raw sound, no-frills darkness, and somewhat campy hissed growls remind me a lot of Necrophagia if they slowed down. The riffs keep the pace churning especially on “Above the Vaulted Sky” where things go nice and heavy with a faster tempo. The album as a whole makes for some good, trudging evil, even if the production on those guitars could have been more forceful.

 

 

 

Even if the production is somewhat undercooked on Law of the Burning, it seems Bestialord are off to a good start with their brand of ugly death/doom. The sense of gloom is palpable on here, the guitars bleed with dread and the vocals are spiteful and wicked with the singer narrating out some very direct lyrics about occultism and torture. The pace is kept to a speed where boredom is avoided and there are some songs that vary from mid-paced mud-stompers to gloomy slow-burners that hold the atmosphere well. The sound works and brings a morbid and back-to-basics approach to death/doom. This may not be particularly revolutionary, but Bestialord know which dug-up sonic coffin they fit in just right and make themselves really comfortable. All they need is some more elaborate songwriting and some meatier production and they will do well in the future.

 

http://www.metal-observer.com/3.o/review/bestialord-law-burning/

 

In de biografie van Bestialord wordt als belangrijke marketing troef het korte verleden van bassist Mark Anderson bij de cult heavy metal band Manilla Road aangehaald. De beste man nam aan het begin van dit millennium zowaar twee albums op met de band van Mark ‘The Shark’ Shelton. Inmiddels zijn we vijftien jaar verder en speelde Anderson de laatste jaren gitaar in de band Sanctus Infernum samen met zijn maatje Chris Johnson (drums) waarmee hij drie albums uit bracht. In oktober 2016 startten beide heren samen met bassist Rob Harris hun nieuwste band Bestialord met als doel Occult Horror Doom Metal geïnspireerd door Black Sabbath, Celtic Frost, Candlemass en Morbid Angel te spelen. Na enkele maanden nummers te hebben geschreven dook het drietal begin dit jaar de Red Cat Recording Studio in om hun debuutalbum ‘Law of The Burning’ op te nemen. Cimmerian Shade Recordings (USA) en Symbol of Domination (Wit-Rusland) brengen het album gezamenlijk uit.

 

‘Law of The Burning’ bevat negen tracks met een totale speelduur van 40 minuten. Het valt niet mee de muziek van Bestialord te omschrijven, maar één ding is duidelijk, en dat is dat de heren uit Wichita, Kansas een heel eigen en herkenbaar geluid hebben weten te creëren met hun mix van heavy metal, death metal en doom metal en rasperige zang van Mark Anderson. Het is geen onplezierige schijf om naar te luisteren, maar toch ontbreekt er iets waardoor de klik gedurende de hele plaat uitblijft. Het snare geluid moet je bijvoorbeeld van houden (soms klinkt het net als heien), maar ook de solo’s lijken er net iets te onsamenhangend ingevoegd te zijn en de nummers lopen niet altijd even lekker. Aan de andere kant klinkt Bestialord wel weer lekker oldschool en is het een echte metal band zonder fratsen. Een potje bier erbij en headbangen op nummers als ‘Vermin’ en ‘The Doom That Came’ gaat zeker lukken. Geen wereldschokkende release, maar voor fans van echte metal zeker een keer het proberen waard.

 

http://www.lordsofmetal.nl/nl/reviews/view/id/36157

 

 

  Bestialord  are  a  band  from  Kansas  that  plays  a  musical  style  they  describe  as  being  'occult  horror  doom  metal'  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Law  Of  The  Burning"  which  will b e  released  in  2018  by  Symbol  Of  Domination  and  Cimmerian  Shade  Recordings.

 

  A  horror  movie  orientated  sound  starts off t he  album before  gong  into  more  of  a  heavier,  old  school  and  melodic  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  80's  style  death  metal  growls  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  classic  metal style. 

 

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  clean  playing  is  also  added  into  certain  sections  of t he  recording  along  with  the  sower  riffing  being  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  as  well  as  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  elements and  the  music  sounds  like  it  could of easily  been  recorded and  released  more  than  25  years  ago  and  horror  movie  samples  can  be  heard  briefly.

 

  Bestialord  plays  a  musical style  that  takes  doom, death  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Horror  themes.

 

  In  my  opinion  Bestialord  are  a  very  great  sounding  horror  occult  doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album. 

 

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Press kits can be deceiving. Hell even record reviews can be misleading, I think one thing I can pride myself on with this blog is giving you a straight from the hip, cut the bullshit evaluation of what is going on here. So this self proclaimed horror doom band which features Mark Anderson of Manilla Road, might not have been the doom I was looking for , but they do crank out some pretty decent metal regardless. This band shares some common ground with Acid Witch sonically. More upbeat and double bass heavy than what I think of as doom, there are early thrash influences abounding as much as their is any  kindred spirit to Candlemass or Black Sabbath. "Vermin" has a more head banging chug. I think they are not thinking of themselves as death metal because they are not as fast as most of today's bands, but a certainly as fast as older Obituary. The gallop going into the chorus is very effective and makes this song more powerful than the opener. "All Fall Down' I am just hearing thrash, with no touches of doom at all. While some of the gallops work much like old Metallica, there is not a ton of originality in it.

 

The two songs that follow both go down a more thrashy road with the title track might be a punchier more old school feel to thrash, with a more deliberate, but not doomy darker side going toward what would be the chorus. There are some cool guitar melodies that I did not notice the first go around with this album.   "Marduk Kurios" is very focused by I don't think it's as good as the title track. "I Am Pain" which seems to be about "Hell Raiser" doesn't offer much in the way of riffs that actually make it stand out as a song. There are some well played played punches and the bass can be felt more on this song, but it finds the edge the band had beginning to dull as they do more of the same.

 

"Loathed Be Thy Name" is a higher quality of writing than the previous song, but the wheel is not being re-invented. At times this reminds me more of Possessed. There is a darker touch to "Above the Vaulted Sky". The riff is a little more biting, think "Bonded By Blood" era Exodus. The songs tend to run around the four minute mark, but I think given the rather straight forward nature of what they are doing they could have even been scaled back to three. They slow down on the last song, and I guess it's more of a Celtic Frost pace, but I would be reluctant to call this doom even when dialed back to this.  These guys were sucessful in taking me back to that early Possessed like sound which I used to love as a teenager, so while I am rounding it down to an 8, it's well done for what it is and if you are a fan of mean spirited early thrash then check this out for sure.

 

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Welcome to 2018! Since we like the idea of starting the year off right, how about we do so by melting some faces with H.P. Lovecraft-inspired metal? If that sounds up your alley, allow me to introduce you to Wichita, KS occult horror metal group Bestialord, who are releasing their new album Law of the Burning today via Cimmerian Shade Recordings.

 

The band tells Dread Central, ““Law Of The Burning” as an album developed very organically. The music almost wrote itself to a great extent. There really wasn’t a premeditated direction, only that it felt right when we played it. Lyrically the works of H.P. Lovecraft played a major role as well as various horror films.”

 

Below is an exclusive stream of the entire Law of the Burning album, so if you want to kick off 2018 with metal that would make the Elder Gods headbang through eternity, this is your chance!

 

http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/263485/exclusive-stream-bestialords-h-p-lovecraft-inspired-album-law-burning/

 

So 2018 has finally rolled around, and what a way to start the new year. Bestialord come before our unworthy selves with an absolute belter of an album that, for my thinking, has an almost instant classic feel about it in more than one way. Yes it’s a big call to throw out there, but by the Seven Gods of my Holy Sock collection, I am prepared to make it!

 

Featuring Mike Anderson on guitar and vocals, Rob Harris on bass and Chris Johnson on drums, Bestailord bring all of the finest things metal can deliver and tie it all up into their debut album, being the one we are currently discussing. Well duh. ‘Why is this so damn good?’ you may well ask. Let us go through it together, hand in hand, as we skip down the road of awesomeness, shall we?

 

For starters, Mike’s vocal delivery is as evil as all fuck, and yet clear enough for you to make out exactly what he is singing about. That is a good thing considering the theme’s on offer here. Without spoiling a single thing for you, it’s all about darkness and horror. Who’d of thunk it! Not impressed yet?

 

For second starters, the riffs on this release are simply mind blowing, palm muted crunchiness of the kind that gets your head nodding along nicely. The pacing is superb. It may not get you flailing your hair around (if you have any left) like a wildebeest with a fly infestation, but I defy you not to be moving along with this excellence.

 

For third and fourth starters, that bass tone is just drop dead lead heavy. LEAD! That’s some heavy shit. Try carrying four car batteries around on your head and tell me it isn’t so. The drums? Well, they just do exactly what they should do. No fancy pancy bullshit here, just solid accompaniment and fills and accentuation of the show. Rather a blessing in these days of a double bass bum kicking at every turn.

 

I don’t know if I would actually call this doom of any kind. It has the feel and tone of a lot of earlier metal like King Diamond without the silly screaming. That instant appeal that you felt when you first heard an album like one of Possessed’s, or more for these times like what Fetid Zombie have achieved. The ability to sound so dated and keep it so fucking relevant.

 

Happy New Ear. I love it. May this be the first of your blessings to come.

 

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I Bestialord si formano nel Kansas per volere del cantante e chitarrista (ex-Manilla Road) Mark Anderson e del batterista Chris Johnson, entrambi membri dei Sanctus Infernum. Qualche mese dopo si unirà alla combriccola il bassista Rob Harris ed è con questa formazione che la band registrerà l'album di debutto, "Law of the Burning", uscito il 1° gennaio per Symbol of Domination Productions.

 

Quello che abbiamo davanti è un lavoro tutt'altro che perfetto. Il Death/Doom dei Bestialord è devoto soprattutto a suoni 'vintage', con influenze che sono da andare a ricercare in Black Sabbath, Candlemass, Cathedral, Celtic Frost e Morbid Angel. Le cupe atmosfere lovecraftiane soprattutto richiamano la leggendaria creatura di Ozzy, così come molte soluzione create dal trio statunitense, soprattutto nel riffingwork. Questo pur non mancando episodi più duri, come "Vermin" o "Marduk Kurios". "Law of the Burning" paga però una produzione forse un po' troppo old school: troppo asciutta, con suoni non equilibrati benissimo e volumi che a tratti sembrano quasi un po' sbalzati. A parte questo, dopo un po' si ha la sensazione di 'già sentito' che porta ad una certa noia col proseguire dell'ascolto, tanto da voler skippare avanti dopo un paio di minuti del pezzo.

 

Se si sorvola su quel paio di punti a sfavore, "Law of the Burning" dei Bestialord è un disco che comunque potrà piacere agli amanti del Doom più classico e 'vecchio', quello appunto dei vari Sabbath, Candlemass ecc. ecc. Nel complesso un disco sufficiente, cui avrebbe giovato non poco una produzione anche solo un pelo migliore.

 

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Очередной подгон от дружественного лейбла Satanath Records возродил утраченное на время чувство ностальгии. Кроме шуток, «Law Of The Burning» — это, мать его, самый настоящий олдскул, воплощенный в современных реалиях людьми, которые «в теме», как говорится. Bestialord — проект из США, который основали Mark Anderson и Chris Johnson, известные по Sanctus Infernum. В общем и целом, оба проекта смотрят в одну степь, разве что, в случае с S.I парни сделали больший упор на дум при black/death. В случае с Bestialord — в дебютнике мы имеем честь слышать жирные death-doom’овые рифаки, харшевый вокал и сквозящую из всех щелей уютного склепа оккультную атмосферу, вдохновленную мифами Ктулху. С большего — материал среднетемповый и, конечно, задумчивый неспешный. Как такового чистого вокала нет, к трад.думу приписать не получится. Хотя, как мне думается, фанатам трада альбом вполне мог бы вкатить.

 

Немного перегибая палку, можно сказать, что «Law Of The Burning» — это гибрид Abysmal Grief, Black Sabbath, Obituary, Celtic Frost а также ряда групп по хоррор-панку, олдовой дезне, вдохновленный Candlemass, Morbid Angel и Mercyful Fate, но при этом — со своей подачей. Такого рода альбомы навряд ли выбиваются в мейнстрим, но среди почитателей жанра вполне достойны уважения.

 

Арт — wonderful!

Обложка была отдельным поводом начать прослушивание среди прочих релизов именно с Bestialord. Она не блещет феноменальной графикой, сложность или оригинальностью, но слеплена всецело по канонам жанра. Блуждающие среди кладбищ чуваки в капюшонах — наша тема! При детальном осмотре, чувак оказался дамочкой с книгой, такие дела.

 

Открываешь альбом и понимаешь — он «твой», он тебя понимает. Этакий революционер, идущий напролом, среди груд однотипного вылизанного до блеска метала, выжигающего сетчатку глаза. Применительно к подобного рода музыке, как на «Law Of The Burning», хочется говорить — настоящий саунд.

 

Из минусов (хотя минус ли это?), наверное, стоит отметить явное отсутствие хитов. Каждый трек цепляет по-своему, но является схожим кирпичом в монолитной музыкальной стене. Ещё раз, напоминая о том, что подобного рода музыка не метит в хит-парады, можно опустить сей момент. Просто врубаешь альбом, открываешь винтажные хоррор-комиксы, пожевывая уже не выпускающуюся жвачку, заказанную с е-бэя — и вуаля! Рецепт ностальгического счастья готов.

 

Хотелось бы услышать о Bestialord в будущем.

 

Оценки ставить не люблю, числа — условности и не отражают чувства. Но, если вдруг для кого-то они имеют значение, то давайте остановимся на 89/100.

 

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Horror and heavy metal seem to be forever intertwined. The music evolved from the genre. At this point in pop culture, one represents the other. So why not make that your sound? That seems to be the MO for Bestialord out of Wichita, KS.

 

The first striking thing about them is their subgenre. Bestialord describe themselves as “occult horror metal”. One listen to this record makes it hard to disagree. The trio has a clear Mercyful Fate influence. A closer listen reveals a few hints of doom and death though no clear analogs. The whole record’s feeling is similar to that spooky feeling when a nasty storm approaches.

 

It even goes down to the instrumentation. Mark Anderson’s guitar has that late 70s fuzzy crunch quality to it that really brings out the horror. His soloing mimics that era as well with the flashy rock guitar-style solos common in the first wave of black metal. Rob Harris’s bass helps to fill out the riffs to balance the guitar’s crunch, and Chris Johnson keeps a full beat. He can drive the beat but leaves enough space so that all the parts are heard relatively equally. The only difference between their sound and that of their heavy influence is Anderson’s vocals. Instead of King Diamond’s operatic singing style, Anderson opts for a snarling growl. It suits the songwriting well. Telling their dark tales of heavy metal really requires the snarl.

 

The stories their songs tell are what’s really great about this record. These songs are tales straight from dark fantasy. The first track, “The Doom That Came,” is a story of the destruction of a lakeside city destroyed by a monster. There are glimpses of Satanic rituals, rats in dungeons, and ancient demons. The closing track is a story about torture demons a la the Hellraiser series. It’s a real treat of the darker side of heavy metal.

 

One word about this record: it is pretty rough. Bestialord has only been a band since late 2016. They did not even have a full band until mid-2017 when Harris joined. This record was made only a few months after that. It’s impressive that they have been able to figure enough out in that short time to write the songs they have and enter the studio. Their youth as a group shows a bit in some of the recordings. There are a few times where the rhythm gets fumbled a bit. The low production values are readily apparent as well. Bands with more recording experience may be able to get around those issues, but Bestialord is not yet one of those bands.

 

That being said, this is a fun record. Their sound is not one that comes around enough. Fans of metal with a side of monsters, gore, and magic are going to be quite pleased with this. Maybe it’s a bit kitschy, maybe it’s a little rough around the edges. It should be noted that these guys have only been a band for a year. If this is what they produced for their first record, just consider what they can do with more experience.

 

http://www.heavyblogisheavy.com/2018/02/01/bestialord-law-burning/

 

 

Law of Burning album released on CSR and Symbol Of Domination. Featured here are nine tracks that will haunt your mind. The classic tones of early metal can be heard profoundly in each composition. Living up to the expection layed out in the description

'Occult Horror", the music will make you feel like you have been transported into one of many classic horror films like a menacing Dario Argento Suspiria or John Carpenter The Thing. Some of the stand out songs for me would be "All Fall Down" and "I am Pain".

Don't expect a clean polished production here, it is more of a raw and grit recording, which is a perfect fit for the intent of the sound. Heavy bass lines and some awesome lead guitar riffs. The vocals are well understood, which is something I prefer. Its a great thing to be able to understand the lyric content without having to decipher through a bunch of growls.

 

In conclusion, the theme and delivery is established withing the first few songs and made crystal clear. Raw and relentless power that goes well with any of

your favorite horror films.

 

https://artemortificareviews.blogspot.ru/2018/01/bestialord-law-of-burning.html

 

 

Doom metal could only be put into full on blast when an act such as Bestialord takes over the genre. For it is their album "Law Of The Burning", that blasts away any expectations, you could ever want from the doom metal genre. With that said, of course, this album pulls together the doom metal genre, like never before, as the intensity within the vocalization alone, really sets this album up. "Vermin", "All Fall Down", I Am Pain", and "Loathed By Thy Name", are likely the only handful of tracks to come from "Law Of The Burning", that sound picturesque. Like how the vocalization dominates the instrumentals is quite believable, as the vocal chords are more intense friendly, as the instrumentals just hang back, delivering a more in-depth feeling of approach. Likewise the material just sounds intense through and through, with energy pacing thrown together here and there. More of a lingering sense to the musical direction at least. When it comes to the album itself "Law Of The Burning", is just a solid hit or miss album, that has Bestialord being presented in a favoring passion, with more pride that they can bear.

 

http://www.nataliezworld.com/2018/01/bestialord-law-of-burning.html

 

 

De Death/Doom metal band Bestialord ontstond in 2016. De band haalt zijn invloeden bij acts als Black Sabbath, Celtic Frost, Candlemass, Morbid Angel, Cathedral, en Mercyful Fate. Daar kan uiteraard nooit iets mis mee zijn. Via Symbol of Dimnation/Cimmerian Shade Recordings bracht Bestialord op 1 januari 2018 hun debuut op de markt. Law of the Burning. Onze bevindingen:

 

De occulte omkadering, die je vaak tegen komt in Doom tot Death metal middens hoor je eveneens terug op deze schijf. Dat blijkt reeds uit songs als The Doom that Came, Vermin tot titeltrack Law of the Burning. Maar is bovendien een rode draad doorheen het geheel. Bestialord trekt puur instrumentaal dan ook alle registers open, waardoor vlijmscherpe gitaar en bas geluiden tot verdovende drum salvo's je de ene na de andere mokerslag bezorgen. Echter, ondanks de ijzersterke instrumentale omkadering, is het eerde de vocale capaciteiten van Mark Anderson dat ons het meest over de streep trekt. Zijn inbreng bezorgt je telkens opnieuw koude rillingen, het lijkt wel op de putten van de Hel wijd open staan als hij zijn keel open zet.

 

Luister maar naar verschroeiende songs als A Am Pain. Mark zijn stem, in samenvoeging met de eerder vernoemde hartverscheurende riffs en drum partijen. Lijken als ijzingwekkende klauwen die je de strot dicht knijpen, tot je laatste adem is uitgeblazen. Bestialord brengt bovendien hun muziek op een zodanig perfect hoogstaand niveau dat we ons de vraag stelden op de bandleden al wat ervaring hebben in de scene. Na enig opzoekwerk stellen we inderdaad vast dat dit het geval blijkt te zijn. Mark Anderson maakte samen met drummer Chris Johnson het mooie weer bij Sanctus Infernum. Mark speelde trouwens ook bij verschillende andere gewaardeerde bands binnen de scene. Ook Rob Harris (bas) heeft heel wat ervaring binnen het metal wereld. Die ervaring spelen ze binnen dit project uitvoerig uit, met alle positieve gevolgen van dien.

 

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Net die samensmelting van de uitzonderlijke capaciteiten van getalenteerde, en ervaren muzikanten resulteertin een parel van een typische Doom/death metal plaat. Waarbij de combinatie tussen alle bovenstaande elementen je telkens opnieuw doet vertoeven in die diepste kelders van voornoemde Hel. Zonder meer is Bestialord daardoor een welgekomen meerwaarde binnen deze scene. Met dit debuut levert de band een visitekaartje af waarmee ze bewijzen niet gewoon uit het goede hout gesneden te zijn. Eerder eentje van uitzonderlijke kwaliteit. Uiteraard al voorgedaan, maar als je de ultieme duisternis voelt neerdalen, alsof het licht nooit meer zal shijnen?  bij elke luisterbeurt opnieuw? Dan lijkt de missie geslaagd

 

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Ok. With a name like Bestailord I was totally expecting Black Metal. Damn, was I TOTALLY wrong! Bestialord’s “Law of The Burning” serves up quite a tasty little morsel of straight to your face metal ranging from doom, to death, and thrash. It’s like Black Sabbath, Death, and Mercyful Fate some how got together and infused their sound into some kind of twisted demonic child who loves to feed on freshly deceased corpses. You will love the production on this album as well. Now if you’re looking for some guitar virtuosity, keep looking because it’s not here.

 

This album relies on two or three riffs to carry the songs, but does it in a way that never gets boring. The production is really clean yet it retains that kind of sound like they just set their gear up and pressed record. The lyrics fit this sound perfectly. With topics ranging from Satanic rituals, diseased rats, cities being destroyed and the movie Hellraiser, this album oozes death out of every single sickly pore.

 

https://capitalchaostv.com/2018/03/25/bestailord-law-of-the-burning-satanath-records/

 

 

Америчка деатх/доом метал скупина Bestialord нас својим првенцем Law of the Burning из 2018. године враћа назад у ране деведесете, у време када су и настали најкултнији албуми овог жанра. Наиме, албум од почетка до самог краја одише атмосфером и сировом продукцијом карактеристичном за поменути период. Бенд функциоше у трочланој постави и то бубањ, бас и гитара, а гитариста је уједно и вокалиста. Звук је сиров и опскуран, ритам секција је углавном у мид-темпу, али и поред тога има доста решетања дупле бас педале. Гитара је тешка као црна земља а сами рифови веома јаки и моћни. Соло деонице су такође врло ефикасне, мада не баш и оригиналне. Приликом првог преслушавања албума све време ми је негде у подсвести одзвањала God of Emptiness бенда Morbid Angel, те је и сада помињем поређења и приближавања ради, јер звучна слика бенда Bestialord најприближније се и може упоредити са звуком овог kultnog хита. Ако сте љубитељ оваквог звука, не губите време, потражите ovaj album одмах, нећете се покајати.

 

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Mark Anderson, quien fuera bajista de los discos "Atlantis Rising" y "Spiral Castle" de MANILLA ROAD, está detrás de este proyecto de doom/death metal que hace su debut este 2018 de la mano de "Law of the Burning", un álbum de nueve canciones y cuarenta minutos en el que plasma una faceta muy densa por medio de pistas comandadas por lentos ritmos, y pesados, pero atrapantes riffs, con un sonido compacto y perfecto para lo que la banda ofrece, recordando por momentos a ese magnífica obra llamada "Journey Into Mystery" de DREAM DEATH. Si eso no les dice nada... mal por ustedes. Pero es entendible. Personalmente no me agrada el doom/death, salvo la banda recién nombrada, para mí esos géneros no suenan bien juntos, salvo contadas excepciones, y esta es una de ellas.

 

Si algo les atraen los estilos nombrados, no dejen de oír "Law of the Burning" o al menos algunas de las canciones que lo componen, como "The Doom That Came", la homónima "Law of the Burning", "I am Pain" o "Above the Vaulted Sky", cortes que sin variar en demasía la propuesta, explotan todo lo que el estilo puede llegar a ofrecer dentro de cánones que los hacen seguir sonando como si se tratáse de una banda de los ochenta, al menos en cuanto a la composición y mezcla del disco. Sin duda que se trata de una buena alternativa para darle variedad a sus listas de música, claro, siempre y cuando dentro de sus preferencias se encuentre el metal denso, lento y pesado.

 

 

http://tradicionmetalica.blogspot.ru/2018/03/bestialord-law-of-burning-album-2018.html

 

 

Bestialord è il nome scelto da questi musicisti del Kansas per dar vita ad una nuova band dedita a sonorità a cavallo tra il death ed il doom.

 

Law of the Burning è un album che non riserva particolari sorprese, nel senso che la proposta è decisamente lineare per quanto non priva di una sua efficacia, anche se alla lunga lo schema compositivo tende ad essere un po’ ripetitivo.

Più death (e un po’ di thrash) che doom, comunque, è quello che troviamo in Law of the Burning, con i dettami della scuola floridiana che vengono talvolta rallentati, ma sempre in maniera non troppo accentuata; restano quindi apprezzabili i lavori del basso, sempre ben in evidenza, e della chitarra solista, al contrario non convince del tutto il suono troppo secco della batteria, mentre la voce appare adeguata anche se leggermente monocorde.

In fondo il problema di un album simile, scritto ed interpretato con buona competenza, è quello di non riuscire a colpire come dovrebbe, tanto che in certi frangenti viene persino il dubbio che il lettore si sia incantato sullo stesso brano.

Peccato, perché l’opener The Doom That Came è una traccia che fa scapocciare non poco, facendo presupporre uno sviluppo ben più eccitante di quello chi si rivelerà, in seguito, un album piacevole ma sul quale difficilmente ci si soffermerà troppo a lungo, a meno che il tipo di sound descritto non sia il proprio pane quotidiano.

 

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Hailing from Wichita, Kansas, BESTIALORD are a Death / Doom band that actually reminds me more of blackened Death Metal outfit SATHANAS than anything else, albeit with a tamer, less aggressive, less chaotic sound. And though first full-length "Law Of The Burning" doesn't necessarily offer anything new to the genre, it does seem to manifest itself nicely into a solid album. The album opener 'The Doom That Came' begins with a monstrous roar deep in the bowels of the caverns before mid-tempo guitars and drums gently boil and burble, releasing a steady blackened Death track which, as mentioned earlier, reminds me of a more relaxed SATHANAS. 'Vermin' creeps and crawls its way into another mid-paced song with chugging guitars halfway through and hoarse vocals by Mark Anderson. The third track 'All Fall Down' is introduced by an acoustic guitar before breaking into guitars that feel like they were written in the murky depths of the filthiest swamp, with a little stoner, SABBATHy feel layered inbetween it all. 'Law Of The Burning' is a somewhat faster-paced track that stomps and barrels its way through the masses. 'Marduk Kurios' is one of the better tracks that changes from mid-tempo fist-pumping to galloping rhythms sure to get you on your feet. You almost feel the Cenobites chomping at the bit to rip your soul apart as 'I Am Pain' references Pinhead and Hellraiser in blood-drenched abundance. The seventh track 'Loathed Be Thy Name' is a similar offering not unlike the other songs on the album. Again, there's not much diversity on "Law Of The Burning", but what IS there is a solidity and consistency that glues it all together. 'Above The Vaulted Sky' carries on the not upbeat and not yet slow theme with the album. 'What Is The End' wraps it up in a doomy, plodding beast wandering around lurking in the shadows. BESTIALORD have a chance to work their way into the Metal masses if they can gain a little more of their own sound and uniqueness which would eliminate them from comparisons to other bands in the genre. Their first album is a decent, solid delivery with room to grow on.

 

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Das Debut des amerikanischen Dreiergespanns Bestialord sollte man sich definitiv zu Gemüte führen, denn „Law Of The Burning“ ist ein überaus gelungenes Stück Extremmetal im Stil der alten Schule. Alte Platten von Death, oder auch Vergleiche wie „alte Kreator im Midtempo, aber mit Doom und etwas Groove versehen“ kommen mir vorübergehend in den Sinn.

 

Ohne Geschwindigkeitsrekorde, Frickel – oder Tiefgrunzwettbewerbe, auch ohne Keyboards oder besondere Image-Gimmicks kommen Bestialord aus. Stattdessen zocken sie im durchgehend fast schon gemütlichen Tempo ihre furztrockenen, aber an Hooks reichen und effektiven Old School Riffs – und erreichen damit doch mehr Atmosphäre, Horror und Härte als der Großteil der Todes-und Schwarzwurzelbands.

 

Von “The Doom That Came” bis zu “What Is The End” ist die Scheibe eigentlich durchgehend herrlich fies, modrig und Evil. Aber „Vermin“, „Law Of The Burning“ und „Loathed Be Thy Name” möchte ich besonders dringend empfehlen.

 

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OK so with a name like BESTIALORD I thinking this was going to be black metal. Ah no it's not at all. The tagline on this band turned out to be death / doom. Alright I'll give em that. But after listening to a couple of cuts, well three to be honest, I got this huge devious grim going. This really sounds like fuckin NUNSLAUGHTER albeit not as funny. Right now there's a reader in Bumfuck, Ohio going "You think NUNSLAUGHTER is funny? You have a sick sense of humor."

 

But seriously folks this band's vocalist is a dead ringer for NUNSLAUGHTER's Don of the Dead. As far as the music goes forget the whole death doom idea. This is a straight up metal act that touches upon those genres but is not diving in head first. This release just rocks while you're giving the horned fist of approval. I bet there's plenty of those flying when this band plays live. This band, a three piece by the way, hails from Wichita, Kansas. For you non Americans that's the Midwest which is full of sickos.

 

Look people I'm as honest as the day is long. I'll tell ya when writing about bands there are times when it feels like I'm painting the same portrait but using a different brush hoping that someone sees a difference. Yeah it feels like work but then a band like BESTIALORD comes along with cool songs like "Vermin" (my favorite cut on here), "Marduk Kurios" (with a great guitar solo from a guy who was in MANILLA ROAD for two years, yeah why bother mentioning that namedrop in the promo) and of course "Loathed Be Thy Name".

 

Listening to this release, which basically en-tales I just can't stop, is the equivalent of getting off of work after a long hard schedule. I don't wanna talk about fuckin work. Just give me a good beer, something decent to eat and cool music to blast. After all of that well a good fucking will suffice. Everything about Law Of The Burning reminds me of that except for the fucking part. This album has already earned it's place in the SFM666 2018 Favorites List. I just don't know what category to put em in. Fuck it I'll just say Death Metal to piss people off.

 

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Ah, the joyous creaks and aches of doom metal. Only this time those mournful moans come from Wichita, Kansas-based Bestialord; a trio who formed only two years ago. So, let’s say hello then to former Manilla Road bassist Mark Anderson (vocals and guitar), Rob Harris (bass) and Chris Johnson (drums).

 

We’re welcomed by some cool artwork depicting a hooded soul roaming an eerie cemetery and armed with book, seemingly conjuring up all manner of denizens under a creepy sky. And thankfully the music on offer provides a great soundtrack to the art as the band lunges into a sinister plod of utmost horror.

 

But this isn’t traditional doom metal, far from it in fact. Bestialord conjure up a frightful plod of a sound given an extra dash of evil coating by Anderson’s rather rough sneers. The music behind him is as pitch as midnight, as the band prowls its way through some rather simplistic but most certainly engaging doomy designs that flirt with death and black metal nuances to create an atmospheric soundscape of impending gloom.

 

Opener ‘The Doom That Came’ marches like an eerie funeral procession; a standard stormy chug leads us into a faster segment of dread before Anderson’s murky yelps begin their grim narration. It’s excellent stuff, played with true antiquarian style and dripping in horror – imagine one tip-toeing through some vast array of dusty catacombs unknowingly pursued by some hidden terror. Damn, I can smell the mustiness of it all as the skies rings out with thunder – or maybe that’s just the bellowing grotesquery provided by Johnson’s oaken drums? Leads fizz about the place like snaking ivy reaching for the ankles, but again the pace quickens like a horror score about to reach terror point.

 

However, it’s with ‘Vermin’ – my favourite track – that Bestialord really comes into its own. Again, we have that suspenseful trudge, and all sorts of Gothic images are evoked as the drums simmer and then the riffs come chugging in, with Anderson’s growls taking us down into the underworld beneath the graveyard; a place where Harris’ bass trembles and the echoes of lost, trapped souls ring out to give extra chill to the singer’s call. “Die! Vermin!” bellows Anderson; his gravelly tones reeking of earth as his guitar tones bounce of the coffin walls and reverberate.

 

In a perfect world of misery, Bestialord somehow play as the younger sister to Eric Wagner’s The Skull and Blackfinger. But believe me, you probably won’t find a better doom metal record this year other than Druid Lord’s mossy death / doom outburst Grotesque Offerings. And it’s those vocals and downright chilling structures which set this record apart. The faster tempo of ‘All Fall Down’ brings with it a swirling solo amidst the suffocating darkness and a general accessible groove mesmerising enough to entice you into the grave. And yet while I continue to use the doom metal tag, you’ll find that as the album flows you’ll find yourself looking to categorise the opus by other means; the blackened riffs, the snarling vocals just aren’t your standard doom metal ingredients.

 

The title track hints at a thrashiness before yawning like some gargantuan beast, bringing together a Bathory sort of eeriness coupled with Candlemass, only unlike neither. Meanwhile, ‘I Am Pain’ sees Anderson take on the role of chief cenobite as he welcomes us to Hell, and has such sights to show us as the drums and bass rattle like the very chains cast around your neck.

 

‘Above The Vaulted Sky’ aches of 80s Gothicness; a truly lo-fi plodder that speaks of the “Countess in red, amidst adoring eyes. Mistress of death, walking the graves by night”. It doesn’t get much more atmospheric than this shuffling marauder; an eerie visitation to midnight black mass if ever there was one as Anderson paints grisly images of all manner of horrors.

 

And as the bell chimes to bring in closing track ‘What Is The End’, I can only sell my soul to this cult of doom; rendered insane and terrified am I by this trudging yet fruitful work of terror.

 

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