Unlike most people, I have a weird custom while listening to music. I like to play the whole CD through, and when some distinctive segment comes up, I would put the song on the "good song" list. This wasn't the case with Glorior Belli's latest offering to the metal world with Manifesting the Raging Beast. This CD, as hyped about as it might be, is extremely dull.
Musically, this album is repetitive and awfully tiresome. Most of the guitar riffs sound as if they are a variation of one original riff and they get boring in their repetition. The riffs are not only unoriginal in relationship to this record, they sound just like any other black metal riff (That comment concerns to almost the entire latter genre). Nevertheless, it is ought to be said in the favor of the guitarist (Infestuus) that the album has a remarkably dark atmosphere and "feel" plus some riffs are actually pretty damn awesome. The bass lines on this CD are pretty much ineffective since they are not heard over or under the guitar but one way or another combine with the guitar parts to create a fuller sound---something that is easily achievable with one guitar and some amp tinkering. The drumming, however, is truly exceptional. The drummer (M:A Fog) knows exactly when to play "background rhythm" and when to go "all-out", an ability which in turn, causes the drums to blend perfectly with all the other instruments and creates an amazing atmosphere. The vocals are a bit clichι yet sound somewhat interesting. I'd think Abbath of Immortal fame combined with Maniac from Mayhem.
The lyrics on this release can be remarkably incredible, an example being the song "Sinister Resonance." It goes---'Spirits in wings/ a thousand seraphs bursted/Dark flames still hovering/on their baneful flight/Death in all/but the putrid breath that fell/Refracted/ through thy bounds, afar.' On the other hand, they could be amazingly ridiculous like in the song "From Darkness There Springs Light." These run as 'Light is sour blood spilled from pregnant skies/Frothing & turning/ ignoring dead wings as they drift by. It reveals blood & rust from twisted faces.' Nonetheless the lyrics don't add or remove from the atmosphere of the record so I wouldn't worry about that aspect of the composition.
Overall, I would say this is a decent CD with its only fault being that it is too repetitive, as if written by some sort of generic Black Metal formula (powerful/loud beginning of each song, some melody, blastbeats, and in the end fading out quickly). Although it is not a "must-have" this album was a pleasant forty minutes and nineteen seconds of my life.
Some good songs: "Altered Verses" (awesome solo), "Severed From the Self" and "Said Lucifer In Twilight."
Glorior Belli Manifesting the Raging Beast
1. From Darkness There Springs Light
2. Deadly Sparks
3. Sinister Resonance
4. Severed From the Self
5. Manifesting the Raging Beast
6. Said Lucifer In Twilight
7. Serpentine Admonition
8. Altered Verses