Weaving modern influences with old-school influences, Beltez come barreling out of the dark reaches of hell to present Exiled, Punished…Rejected, a six track release of venomous black metal. Beltez creates a great mixture of both modern black metal and old-school black metal to create a sound that is rooted in the past but riddled with modern influences creating an ever twisting and ever blackening sound. The old-school sound stems more from the instrumentation on this record whereas the more modern influences come from the more atmospheric elements that this release has been injected with. With that being said, Beltez skirt the line of modernity and a more classic style very well to provide you with an enchanting and damning listen.
Exiled, Punished…Rejected begins with Prelude, which is exactly what it is. This intro lasts for a little over two minutes providing you with a dark atmosphere that settles in like an unsettling thick fog. More than half way through Prelude Beltez fires up the instruments and treats you to a little bit of the soul burning darkness that they have inside the rest of the record before the song melts directly into Adamantinarx. Adamantinarxbegins as a blistering maelstrom of black metal fury providing you with ripping riffs and savage dissonant vocals that roar through the deafening blackened noise. This song, much like the others on this release treat you not only to dizzying and head caving blasphemy, but it also treats you to great atmosphere.
As mentioned above, each track is riddled with atmosphere for you to sink into and really soak up. The atmosphere(s) that run through the veins of this record are forever changing providing you with plenty of emotions from melancholy to anger to many others in between. Not only that, but certain atmospheres through different songs present you with a sense of bitter isolation that makes you feel as though you are standing in a lifeless abyss. The atmospheres in Exiled, Punished…Rejected are dense, poisonous and just as deadly as the razor sharp, blasphemous and soul piercing blackened metal is. No matter where you turn you will be caught up by this record and pummeled six feet below the earth’s surface, whether that be by the barbaric riffs or by the purely sinister and sometimes melancholic atmosphere.
Exiled, Punished…Rejected does a great job of sucking you in to the blackened vortex that it creates once you press play. This is an abyssal yet enchanting record that grabs you by the jaw from the very first note. Exiled, Punished…Rejected has a great balance of both new and old creating a cohesive and well executed sound. Overall, this is a great listen, one that you get lost in easily and listen to time and time again without realizing it.