Behemoth
Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond)


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kalle J. USER (37 Reviews)
April 28th, 2007 | 58 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Instrumental imprisonment

While there are some that are consumed by the influence that inevitably stains our world like a shower of rancorous rain, there are some that hide in the shadow and watch while the world slowly engulfs itself. Death Metal is the boundary which distinguishes the two and Behemoth is the definition of difference and extremity that scornfully overlooks all its contemporary minions, which take up their space in the genre. In reality, something new is innovated; the conjoining of death metal and a black metal, to create a murky tune, which is slavishly shadowed with extreme drumming and riffing, creating a musical experience that is reminiscent of a monster thirsty for vengeance. The succulent convention of instruments induces headbanging while at the same time adhering to a black metal influenced atmosphere. Originally hailing from Poland, the band has now released 7 albums; even though they have broken themselves off from the rest and embody a whole new type of music, in themselves they haven't changed their style substantially. Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond) is a heavy Behemoth with down-tuned riffing which exuberates misery in a dimension that is unknown to us.

Behemoth is a picturesque of a haunted castle which stands on a ledge overlooking the world. While the storms rage on, so does the complacent music inside the castle chambers. These walls distinguish this band from the rest, creating a completely new innovation. They succeed in inducing feelings and emotions with the help of their heavy, subsiding guitar-generated atmospheric beats and the drums inhumanely make their contribution to the peril that anyone who comes close is subjected to. With this succeeding, no one has managed to recreate a new Behemoth. The band has been gifted with and has awakened a whole new domain of music which they have yet to take to the fullest, only then will they leave behind a legendary mark; a burden has been imposed on them, but this album is only their journey to becoming the best.

The vocals are dreadfully monstruous, and angrily growl lyrics in old English, the result of many years of interest for ancient languages. The riffs are down-tuned and the percussions help to make them flourish; the whole act is well organized. The speed of the whole drum set-up is ineffable, and they are conclusive in varying the song, as the change of their pace is essential in creating a groove quality; as well of course defining the Death Metal genre. The guitar is excellently manipulated and swings across like a pendulum during the pummeling drums handled proficiently by Inferno.

Nergal belligerently takes up his position as the vocalist, his voice almost completely impaired from his career as a singer; he is destined to be in the band, and makes it what it is. Every element is successfully rendered unique. Behemoth brings out a conspicuous theme, which aggravates to the obsequious terror conveyed in their music. Each song is only a different form of what they are able to bring out with their aptitudes, and relentlessly attacks the listener. I don't think their sound is completely anomalous, or rather it is, but it's not a real spine chiller. The band are only slowly snowballing in qualities that will one day make them better. There isn't a lot to say really, it's a very controversial band. To some corny and laughable, judging by the atmosphere they attempt to create, or for others who simply have nothing of this in their musical range, it can be the cause of a near convulsion, which almost happened to a girl I showed a Behemoth video to (Don't attempt this). However, this only shows that the band skillfully manages to spread terror, and aren't just noise, but an artifact of uniqueness, and there are those who successfully yield to the powers of their music, because it is good.

Behemoth is a seed planted in the midst of hazy ruins; it is harmless, but today it has grown into something which completely builds a new direction of musicianship. They create atmospheric and deadly riffing which adds to this feeling of hopeless confinement. The gap is only closing, as Behemoth has created a refined compilation with Zos Kia Cultus. This album has personality, which is why I would recommend it to all metalheads. Happy listening.

Recommended Tracks:

- Horns Ov Baphomet
- Modern Iconoclasts
- No Sympathy For Fools
- Typhonian Soul Zodiack




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Comments:Add a Comment 
Cravinov13
April 28th 2007


3854 Comments


Nice review. I want to get this one now.

Brain Dead
April 28th 2007


1150 Comments


What do you mean, you want to get it? You've already rated it.

Altmer
April 28th 2007


5652 Comments


buy as opposed to download probably, or maybe he's heard it at a friend's?

Cravinov13
April 28th 2007


3854 Comments


Yeah, my friend owns all of Behemoth's albums and I copied this album. Since then I lost the burnt CD :[

kalkal50
April 28th 2007


2386 Comments


I just downloaded mine lol.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
April 28th 2007


17920 Comments


good review

LifeInABox
April 28th 2007


3709 Comments


yes, someone reviewed it. Tell me where you found it?

kalkal50
April 28th 2007


2386 Comments


http://www.freeshit.pl/index.php?id=music/_rockmetal/behemoth-zoskiacultus-hereandbeyond

Baldrick
September 6th 2007


19 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Amazing album; not the best Behemoth, but contains my favorite song of theirs ("As Above, So Below")

Bleak
December 11th 2007


258 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

To me, this is Behemoth's best work. Every song is great, it never gets boring.

webbtje
January 4th 2008


41 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome album. Demigod is the perfect continuation of it in the way that the Apostasy isn't a good follow-up.

Hawks
March 11th 2008


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Definitely not as great as everyone says. The reaction i got was this was going to be the best album ever and i think it blows to tell you the truth. This is the worst Behemoth album by far.

masscows
March 11th 2008


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Except this is easily their best. Demigod is too repetitive and has shitty vocals.

The only weak track on this is No Sympathy for Fools.

Wizard
April 4th 2008


19498 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I gave this another listen last night. Terrible, terrible album. Some of the worst vocals I've ever heard in metal.

Digging: Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire

Hawks
April 4th 2008


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^^^Finally someone agrees with me that this album is not good at all. Its way too overrated and Demigod and The Apostasy kill this album.

Wizard
April 4th 2008


19498 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Those albums aren't very good either (even though I should listen to The Apostasy more than once before I make up my mind). These guys in general are overrated.

Hawks
April 4th 2008


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think both of those albums are great, but this and Satanica are way to overrated and they both suck. People always say this is their best and it leaves me speechless lol. Their early Black Metal albums are pretty good too though.

masscows
April 4th 2008


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album rules you guys are on drugs

HinDae
May 12th 2008


27 Comments


i listen to this album soooo much. it kicks you in the balls with a medieval armored boot and caves your skull in with a warhammer

great review, could've put as above so below as a recommended track though

Rugter32
December 17th 2008


754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Horns Ov Baphomet is easily top 10 for Behemoth. That song owns. The title tracks are also great.



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