Glorior Belli

GLORIOR BELLI crept out from the temperamental suburbs of Paris in December 2002. What started as a notorious duo soon became a remarkable beast, acting as a beacon for everyone looking to free themselves of the influence of the Demiurge. A symbolic demo "Evil Archaic Order" was released in June 2004.

If the term avant-garde defines a band that sets out some novel lines of demarcation, then GLORIOR BELLI's reconfiguring of black metal's internal/infernal structure means they undoubtedly deserve the moniker. From the raging, raw ferocity of their 2005 debut "Ô Laudate Dominvs" to the widely acclaimed 2007 release "Manifesting the Raging Beast" right on through to 2009's "Meet Us at the Southern Sign" the band has been steadily resetting its compass, creeping exponentially towards the grimy magnificence to be found on its new album "The Great Southern Darkness" (Metal Blade, 2011).

Over the course of four full-lengths, the band has progressively developed to become a more sophisticated musical entity, while conversely exploring the devolution of black metal's heritage. With a captivating mix of bluesy, heavy stoner grooves, doom-laden lyricism, retro prog-rock flourishes and some thickly distorting sludge, the band has reaffirmed the diabolical principles of black metal while avoiding its most mind-numbing clichés.

Lyrics and themes explored over the years reveal a sincere inclination for rebel-ism and developed sense of poetry. The experience would be described as an intriguing and almost hypnotic journey through dark deserts and evil fields.

Consequently climbing the ladder of innovation and artistic development, the French quartet GLORIOR BELLI managed to work out a very own sound and view in the often stiff frames found within the black metal genre. Descriptions such as "avant-garde black metal bluesmen" (Pitchfork) or "bluesy doom-sludge" (Metal Sucks) are only the two sides of the same coin. Band's new album "Gators Rumble, Chaos Unfurls" - the fifth full-length released by Agonia Records in 2013 - is yet another milestone of an unusual relationship between southern stylistics and crushing heaviness, all tied up and sealed by a twisted yet still refreshing take on music, straight from the suburbs of Paris. The year 2013 also saw the band to tour USA for the first time in career. The tour also included a show at Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore.

"To be fair, the band’s conception of Southern rock seems more Eyehategod than Skynryd, but still, this is black metal based in American blues. Remarkably, that inspiration leads not to a disjointed, awkward hybrid (although it probably should), but just plain gnarly, hooky, raw black metal with a good deep groove" (Stereogum).

"One listen to the title track "Gators Rumble, Chaos Unfurls" and you know exactly where the name comes from (...) All of this talk of gators, the south, and blues-y riffing might indicate that the culprits behind the record may be tangentially related to Eyehategod or Buzzoven, but that just ain't true. In fact, Glorior Belli is a French band" (Noisey).

Upcoming releases
Upcoming shows
Bolków @ Castle Party Festival, PL

Nyrsko @ Eternal Hate Fest, CZ

Greifswald @ Klex, GER

Volyne @ Enter the Eternal Fire Fest, CZ

Ostry Grun @ Gothoom Festival, SK

Cluj Napoca @ Hard Club, GER

Bucharest @ Fabrica, ROM

Sofia @ Live & Loud, BGR

Timisoara @ Daos Club, ROM

Körmend @ Total War Fest, HUN