Behemoth
The Apostasy


3.0
good

Review

by Kalle J. USER (37 Reviews)
July 9th, 2007 | 232 replies | 25,726 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Behemoth take their influences further, while keeping their distorted assault intact, and what does this recipe of disaster bode? A debris of sluggish and forced brutality which again proves Behemoth aren't too serious in overcoming themselves.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Usually, one wouldn’t say the following, but upon dissection of “The Apostasy”, the name entitling Behemoth’s 9th full-length studio album, I’m not entirely convinced. Many bands are giving their albums obvious names these days just to get their point across upon first glance, and if I don’t have to work between the lines, all the better. As for Polish titans, they’re a little late on the announcement, considering the band weren’t exactly devout in any way from the beginning. Apostasy can most appropriately be defined as the total renouncement or abandonment of ones religion, principles, beliefs or party, and frankly, I was aware of such “apostatizing” a while ago from Behemoth’s part. Aside from the lyrical content, the quartet persists in conveying sinisterness and misanthropy in their music. Even before Satanica, the band would torment those who devoted their ears, having transitioned to a medley of Death and Black Metal, rather than being based on solely the latter. The Apostasy now takes their hodgepodge of Nile and ancient Egyptian influences even further, and after coming to learn that such influences were present in previous material, I ask myself, where the *** have I been? Who’s to say they were salient in the first place, when now the contrast between previous albums shows us how they’re exploitation was rather too subtle. But, are Behemoth barking up the wrong tree with their newfound sound?

Their previous effort, “Demigod”, was obsequious, and if it’s mind-blowing thelemy and a kick of dazzling musicianship did not scare much out of your living soul, then you’re going to need toothpicks for your eyes with what’s coming. With “The Apostasy’s” long-winded delivery, you apparently haven’t heard it all. The former ideology is still present, however much is covered about unknown gods. The pick-ups render the tone of many Behemoth songs as weighty and regal, giving a very heavily distorted doomsday atmosphere. Nevertheless, it is no different for 2007’s outing; and a row of albums featuring nothing but the same will not invite for the most versatile discographical experience. Behemoth does not eclipse what they have done previously, and they won’t unless they focus more on actually playing well, and playing something that can be digested. If you want the meat, then as far as I’m concerned, the heavyweights have got to get down to brass tacks.

Pretty much everything is recycled, where most innovation goes down the drain. Not even the theme of the album, which picks up from where the preceding album left off features anything new, not to mention the lack of a kick in the long run. Time can't work its magic, considering I find it extremely difficult to glue to this album even after several weeks of run-throughs. It’s a snooze-fest, being nowhere near as dynamic as it needs to be, and even Inferno can’t display his potential when guitar leads from the other end are confining him to a dominant riff. For the band themselves, “Demigod” was deemed an assault, while Nergal discloses in a later interview, “I pretty much isolated myself from the whole scene for a few months and ultimately created a new record that is destined to become the definitive Behemoth release”. This seems a contradictory return to their 2003 opus “Zos Kia Cultus”, which was a much more mellow and melodious aspect of Behemoth. If one can’t notice Behemoth trying to overcome themselves everytime in brutality and extreme metal, then it’s misinterpreting their intentions. Then again, come a new year full of opportunities, the band doesn’t even embody their own qualities. “This band has never been as strong as it is nowadays, because we have nothing left to lose,” Nergal says during an interview upon the release of “Demigod”. What the troupe is holding on the line is dependant on subjectivity, and as much as I loved “Demigod” in it being straightforward, this 2007 release doesn’t cut it when it comes to going beyond to a definitive Behemoth opus.

The Apostasy features vocal choirs in At The Left Hand ov God, Inner Sanctum with the talent from one of the best Polish jazz pianists and a vocal snippet from Nevermore’s Warrel Dane, while Arcana Hereticae showcases a trumpet trio (Trumpet, Trombone and French Horn). Nergal’s vocals aren't layered anymore, but in turn sound raspier and deeper. Unrelenting distortion and illustration of these aforementioned gods is what gives a plausible identity to each of these songs. The tone of the album is eerie, but adding more leads and heavier riffs wouldn't be depleting any of the sentimental aspects of this album. Ultimately, anti-Christianity is inscribed between the lines.

I ask myself, is this queue of albums making a point? Aside from a poetic “in your face” delivery, Behemoth are leaving behind distinct remnants of their style and history. They don’t quite stand up to many bands, such as Nile themselves in their oriental flow. A heavy doomsday atmosphere, and repetition is what makes this band what it is, and possibly invites controversy. However, some things are meant to be said honestly, and personally, the recurring instances don’t do it for me. If it weren’t for some stand-out moments, I could see this being one of the worse albums this year. Mark my words and get Zos Kia if you want the better package and version of Behemoth’s latest 2007 release.

Key Tracks

- Slaying the Prophets ov Isa (4.5/5)
- Arcana Hereticae (3.5/5)
- Prometherion (3.5/5)




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BallsToTheWall
July 9th 2007



44164 Comments


im expecting this cd to be at least a 3 or 3.5. It cant be that bad

rattlehead42147
July 9th 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

warrel dane? really? this makes me want to check this out. was 2.5 your original rating for this? i remember it being higher. anyway great review, i think i will read this over again and come back to check for flow errors or whatever but the only thing i noticed is that on the summary sentence you should probably change the ":" to a "?"
you stole my vote :pThis Message Edited On 07.09.07

Intransit
July 9th 2007



2797 Comments


This is early guy.

kalkal50
July 9th 2007



2386 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It's out since the 28th of June in Germany, and 2nd of July in America.

@Rattle

Thank you for pointing that error out and the vote I originally rated it a 3 but half the album is so boring, I couldn't vote higher than a 2.5. I still think you should check it out because apparently many people like it.



Shattered_Future
July 9th 2007



1539 Comments


This has some of my favorite Behemoth tracks, but you have to wade through a lot of bad to get to them. I don't think the album is as bad as you say, but Demigod was much better than this one.

kalkal50
July 9th 2007



2386 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I guess Inner Sanctum and Christgrinding Avenue are alrite, but most of the time it just sounds so lame. Like the other day when I was listening to the album and I realized just how silly it all sounded.

OhMyGandhi
July 9th 2007



101 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

is this even out yet? if not when does it come out?

Fort23
July 9th 2007



2474 Comments


no it comes out 07/13/2007.

OhMyGandhi
July 9th 2007



101 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks

Fort23
July 9th 2007



2474 Comments


no prb

plane
Staff Reviewer
July 9th 2007



6085 Comments


It's out since the 28th of June in Germany, and 2nd of July in America.

wait 7/13?This Message Edited On 07.09.07

Mikesn
Emeritus
July 9th 2007



3709 Comments


It comes out in America on the 17th. In Europe it's July 2nd.

No idea what 7/13 is.This Message Edited On 07.09.07

Fort23
July 9th 2007



2474 Comments


thats just what it says on the release date for the review under the tracklist.

south_of_heaven 11
July 9th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow, I seriously disagree. This is a 4 in my book...great album.

Tyler
Emeritus
July 9th 2007



7928 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's so much better than Demigod, but it's still bland and repetitive and the drums are annoying.

And Warrel Dane's guest appearance is unnecessary and lame. Warrel Dane sucks ass.This Message Edited On 07.09.07

south_of_heaven 11
July 9th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like Warrel Dane

Confessed2005
July 9th 2007



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Same here. Just because he does clean vocals doesn't make him awful

I have this downloaded and whilst it is nothing overtly impressive, it's an above average album IMO.

Fort23
July 9th 2007



2474 Comments


Nevermore are bearable, sometimes very good, and Warrel Dane can definetly sing, though its can get a bit irritationg at times.
O yea and the reviews nicce (voted)

chimera908
July 9th 2007



713 Comments


Yeah I think Warrel Dane is an amazing singer but his singing seems to define the, "love it or hate it," saying.

I've also been meaning to check out Behemoth for the longest time and it seems that Demigod is the way to go. Is it?This Message Edited On 07.09.07

Tyler
Emeritus
July 9th 2007



7928 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No, Demigod sucks fucking ass. Zos Kia Cultus is better.



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