Belial were an influential Finnish death metal band that formed in 1991. The band released 2 demos in the year of their creation with 2 EPs and 2 full-length albums being released further in their career.
Formation and early years (1991-1992)
Belial quickly became popular in Finland when their first multi-track demo was issued. This record, The Gods of the Pit, sold out the entire available pressing of 500 copies. Due to this success, the band then decided to record an EP the following year. This EP, namely, Wisdom of Darkness was recorded at Tico Tico Studios, Finland, in June 1992 and produced by the band members themselves. It was then shortly made available. This record has two very distinguishable cover arts (however, both were released by Lethal Records). After this period, guitarist, Jukka Valppu left, such that the band was reduced to a quartet.
Never Again (1993)
After the success of Belial's first few records, the band decided it was time to produce some new material and utilise it to produce a full-length album. Therefore, the band again headed to Tico Tico Studios in Kemi, to lay down the tracks. This album, Never Again, stuck to the traditional Death / Black Metal style as used in previous material, but incorporated additional instruments and styles. Belial mixed their heavy layered style with dinstinct applications of Thrash Metal, Progressive rock, and NWOBHM. The utilisation of keyboards can be heard throughout the album and some unexpected instruments, such as tambourines are used. Never Again was produced by Ahti Kortelainen, as well as the band, and the album's cover-paint was produced by Ralph Manfreda.
Later years, 3 and break-up
At this time, Belial were high in their career after Never Again was released. For this reason, and due to the fact the original pressing of The Gods of the Pit had quickly sold out, the band decided to release their second, and following EP, The Gods of the Pit pt. II (Paragon So Below). This EP features the first two tracks of the previous EP, but with three new tracks (all in which were recorded and mixed in at Tico-Tico early on in Belial's existence).
In 1994, Belial's first single, Aftertaste was made available, in which Kimmo Luttinen featured on to play drums. At this time, the band had a quarrel with the owner of Lethal Records, Michael Piesch. This single was therefore, self-released (on an independent title called BringMeTheHeadOfMichaelPiesch), in order to get back at him. After this, the band lost another member, Jarno Koskinen. Additionally, another single, Aftertaste 1 1/2 was released.
The band's second full-length album, 3, appeared in 1995. This album features a drastic change in musical style from the now triplet, such that the genre is considered to be gothic rock with punk influences. Subsequent to this, the band decided to split up.
- Jarno Anttila - Vocals, Guitars (1991-1995)
- Jani Lehtosaari - Vocals, Guitars, Bass (1991-1995)
- Reima Kellokoski - Drums, Vocals (1991-1995)
- Jarno Koskinen - Vocals (1991-1994)
- Jukka Valppu - Guitars (1991-1992)
- Rehearsal (1991), Demo
- The Gods of the Pit (1991), Demo
- Wisdom of Darkness (1992), EP, Lethal Records
- Never Again (1993), Full-length, Lethal Records
- The Gods of the Pit pt. II (Paragon So Below) (1993), EP, Moribund Records
- Aftertaste (1994), Single
- Aftertaste 1 1/2 (1994), Single
- 3 (1995), Full-length, Witchhunt Records
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