|The bleak and hopeless artwork of this release is perhaps the best (visual) guide to the music of Woods of Belial. After living for years in the depths of the earth, feeding on the fears and suppressed emotions of the fallen humanity, this worm finally ascended to claim its place among the other damned creatures of this world.|
Unlike most other Firebox releases, Woods of Belial have a sound which is equally based on industrial as well as extreme doom. Their ice-cold, clinical industrial doom brings to mind such diverse acts as Zaraza, Dolorian and Cultus Sanguine.
From the first notes of 'Worm of Na'ruq', the band manages to create a suffocating, thick atmosphere of terror and darkness. I'm constantly having the feeling that I'm trapped in an endless labyrinth of which there is no escape. No matter how I try to run away, I know that the monstrous worm that lives in this labyrinth will eventually catch me after having enjoyed itself with a cat-and-mouse game. Yet I keep running in desperation, groping the humid walls on my way hoping for a way out of the darkness. In vain. After a while, I start realizing that all walls look the same. There is no way out.
This awesome album ends with an extended, yet very interesting noise/ambient track which re-emphasizes the suffocating and desperate atmosphere rather than offering any relief. The worm has finally decided to creep back into the darkness of the earth. Having fun with those pitiful beings that are called humans, gets boring after a while.
1. Worm of Na’ruq
4. The 13th Horror
5. Pervertum II
Duration : Approx. 51 minutes.
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