Chuck Schuldiner Project

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sons Of Balaur - Tenebris Deos

Gotta love the power of black and roll. It's weird how Season Of Mist, a label normally dedicated to more esoteric music has become one of the premier labels in the field - but I guess that's just how the cookie crumbles. So here were are, jamming a band with a song called "Succubus Slut" which is incredibly rad, delicately refined in the magic of vicious riffs and satanic might. There is a strange beauty to the balls out attack of Tenebris Deos and it hints at so much more to come from these rock and rollers.

I think what gets me about Sons Of Balaur is the sheer quality of the songwriting. Not only does this band understand the importance of a good riff, but they also know how to get songs that ebb and flow, that revel in a certain rock and roll debauchery but also show that these guys are far more intelligent than their iconography might suggest. This is a band who understand that black metal is the way forward and who stomp out tracks, one crushing chord at a time. The invoke many traditional black metal themes and seem to revel in the satanic madness. There is a beautiful intensity to Tenebris Deos that makes for a surprisingly fun listen you are going to want to keep coming back to.

Quite frankly - I could listen to Sons Of Balaur all day - they are just that kind of band. There is a certain bloody beauty to their sound that makes me want to revisit it time and time again, reveling in the murk. Tenebris Deos is vicious, but in many ways strangely transcendent. Songs like The Curse Of Bloodlust suggest to me that there is more to this band than meets the eye and watching them evolve will be a fascinating prospect. Sons Of Balaur might be the future of black and roll, but even if they aren't it's hard not to dig them.

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