Sons of Balaur have come to life. Straight out of the highly acclaimed Realm of the Damned graphic novel, this obviously fictional Norwegian band is actually delivering a remarkable first full-length. Yet while the graphic novel comes across as bloody as brutal, the biography of the demonically possessed maniacs is offered quite tongue-in-cheek as well as representing a respectful nod to the early Nordic black metal scene with its fanatic ideology and criminal record. In stark contrast to this, the musical intentions behind Sons of Balaur's real-life debut album Tenebris Deos should be taken very seriously. Although the band is supposedly of Norwegian origin, the style of sound and the densely woven guitar-work of Tenebris Deos clearly points towards an English background with many cross-references to scene classics from Bathory, Celtric Frost and Venom to the second and even third generations of black metal.