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Review: Azaghal - Nemesis

Label: Moribund Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 51:55
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: June 30, 2012
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 3/5 (60%) (8 Votes)

Azaghal have been around forever, forming under the name Belfegor in like 1994. In '97 they changed their name and have produced nine albums over the last thirteen years - so they are not n00bs by any stretch. Still, they have had a pretty low-profile career, and I have only heard one of their other albums over the years.

This is some cool, evil second-wave Black Metal with solid riffing, a gnarly guitar sound, and some actual identity to the songwriting that gives killer cuts like "Black Legions of Satan" real stomp and attitude. That said, this is not overwhelming me with originality, and in fact you could easily mistake this band for a lot of other bands, but if they are going to be derivative, they can at least keep doing it this well. Powerful, abrasive, and better-written than the standard.

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