ord Belial is a Swedish black metal band that formed in 1992 to release their debut album, Kiss the Goat in 1995. Their sound has been compared with bands such as Dissection. Over its history there has been a large number of session players.
Lord Belial left their original label, 'No Fashion Records', when the label refused to release the song Purify Sweden, a track about strong Swedish patriotism relating to war and anti-religion. It was later released as a vinyl single on a different label.
January 2009, Lord Belial stopped all their activities, the main reason being the hearing problems of their drummer, Micke Backelin; the problem being "tinnitus" - a condition normally caused by excessive and repetitive exposure to loud noise that causes a permanent ringing noise in one or both ears. The act tried a brief unification under the original line-up a year and a half later.
Despite an announcement in July 2010 that the band was working on new material, about one year later they announced on their official website and on Twitter that "Lord Belial are not active. No album or gigs are planned for the moment. No interviews will be answered." In 2013 the only members remaining to restart the act were Thomas Backelin and Micke Backelin. Live session musicians, Fredrik Wester on guitars and Adam Chapman on bass who would be replaced with Anders Backelin shortly after, were brought in to complete the line up but were gone by 2015.
Their discography includes:
The Art of Dying Demo (1993), Into the Frozen Shadows Demo (1994), Kiss the Goat (1995), Enter the Moonlight Gate (1997), Unholy Crusade (1999), Angelgrinder (2002), Doomed by Death Split (2002), Purify Sweden Single (2003), Scythe of Death EP (2003), The Seal of Belial (2004), Nocturnal Beast (2005), Revelation - The 7th Seal (2007), Ancient Demons Compilation (2008), The Black Curse (2008), Invocation (of the Northern Prince of Evil) Compilation (2014) and Black Metal Boxed set (2014).
The membership has included:
Micke Backelin (Drums; 1992-2003, 2003-2009, 2010-2011, 2013-present), Thomas Backelin (Guitars, Vocals; 1992-2009, 2010-2011, 2013-present). Past Members: Nisse Karlén (Guitars), Anders Backelin (Bass; 1992-2009, 2010-2011, 2013-2015), Vassago (Guitars; 1992-2000, 2001-2003, 2006-2009, 2010-2011), Fredrik Wester (Guitars; 2000-2002), Daniel Moilanen (Drums; 2003), Hjalmar Nielsen (Guitars; 2003-2006). Past (Live): Adam Chapman (Bass; 2013), Fredrik Wester (Guitars; 2013-2015).