Behemoth
Demigod


4.5
superb

Review

by Dancin' Man USER (40 Reviews)
January 16th, 2005 | 350 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


Behemoth is a now death metal band from Poland. They began as a black metal band and slowly developed into the powerful death metal band they are today. They have undergone many line-up changes and that is probably one of the main reasons there sound has changed. The production on this album is perfect. The band comes together beautifully. The vocals are face crushing. The drumming is perfect, it doesn’t attempt to outshine the rest of the band, which is a common theme in today’s drumming. Instead, it compliments the rest of the music. This band is tight.

The album begins with an interesting acoustic guitar part that fades in. Then, a slow doom-like guitar part blasts in. Then the double bass. Then, finally after a perfect build up, the song smashes you down. Sculpting the Throne ov Seth is a perfect opener song. With pinch harmonics galore and smashing chords and rhythms that will keep you interested in themselves. This song makes you think that this album will be a disappointment because it is so good. Demigod comes in with quiet horns making a call to arms. Then the artillery arrives. The drums actually sound like machine guns here. It is perfect. This song gives you hope that you will not be let down. This song really shows how tight this band is.

Conquer All is definitely not as good as the first two songs but it still kicks ***. There is a very cool guitar passage that makes this song interesting but it doesn’t have the same cool rhythmic business that the other two did, nor does it have the super melodic guitars. The guitar solo is decent but this song deserves a more technical super speed solo a la Muhammed Sui’mez or Alexi Laiho. The biggest flaw with the band is that Nergal is not a better guitarist. He is forgiven for his excellent songwriting and vocals. He would make a great rhythm guitarist for one of the aforementioned guitarists. This song ends with a semi drum solo. The drummer is good, but again, a more technical one could make the album even better even if just in that one spot. He still fits everywhere else perfectly.

The Nephilim Rising is a return to the amazing-ness. There are some spoken samples and the riffs are great. There is a perfectly done guitar harmonizing section. This solo is good, but could be better. There is some very well done tapping and a bit of sweep picking. The acoustic guitar at the end just tops it off.

Towards Babylon is great. There is a sweep picking riff in there that makes your head twirl. This album does a great job of being super heavy but still very melodic. The solo in this song is very, very good but again, it could be improved. It sounds great musically but it is just a bit lacking.

Before Aeons Came is very strange. The beginning sounds like it could easily be dumbed down a bit and turned into an MTV hit. The strangest part is, it sounds awesome. Then it goes the other way. Again, some very nice riffage and overall awesomeness. I wish that this album flowed from one song to the next a bit better.

Each song is individually awesome but if they could just be molded with a held note of something. I say this because Mysterium Coniunctionis (Hermanubis) comes next. It just explodes. An amazing song. The only fault (besides my whining about only demi-godly guitar solos as opposed to Godly ones(pun)) ‘ it has a fade out. Not that big a deal.

XUL Is a great song. It has a strange sound in it that reminds me of one of those Holloween decorations that howls. In any case, great song. The drumming really stands out here. The ending is also very cool. It’s a sort of ambient buzz.

The same sound at the beginning of Slaves Shall Serve. This is the kind of flow I wanted. This solo is good, but feels almost like he’s playing the right solo, too slowly. Oh well. Great song. The second solo on the other hand, does fit. The chant of “Slaves shall serve” is a real selling point.

The Reign Ov Shemsu-Hor is orgasmic. It makes me think a bit of Meshuggah. It has a very rhythmic section that is sort of stop and go. The drums make me think call to arms/medieval battle again. Then a brief acoustic section. The Meshuggah bit again but now with vocals. This song is long so it’s good that it has all this. Despite how good the rest of the album has been, an 8 minute song would be too much. This song shows what they can do. It has the melody, the best solo on the CD, the acoustic bit, great vocals, everything. Then the song ends, with a ringing note sort of. It sounds good.

Recommended Tracks
Listen to the entire CD. That is my recommendation.

Review number II
I shall now update this review. I have decided that this is not a perfect album, but very, very close. A 4.5 is fitting. The onslaught of guitars and drums here is perfectly done. The blasting coming not only from the drums but also bass and guitars. The production quality is also top notch. The clarity is always perfect and the bassy pounding is never muddied. Listen to this loudly. It is a very inoffensive record to trained ears, having none of the grating found on Gorguts' Obscura and Nergal's vocals are easy to listen to as they rely heavily on a bassy tone that has more note than growl. As I said before, solos are lacking but it is no longer an issue of bad solos as it is one of... well... preference. This is possibly my favorite death metal album in that it is easy to listen to and very well done, but it lacks that strange twist I love all my music to have. Not to say this is unoriginal, it is just not super original, bordering on avant-garde.

As an update to what to listen to, Demigod and Conquer All are my current favorites although I've noticed I find something I like in each track. I also don't know what I was thinking in saying that the drummer could be better. Yeah, sure he could, but he is a great drummer and needs not be replaced ever. Also, my complaints of Nergals guitar playing are dumb. He could be better but is just fine and also, needs not be replaced. Sure, Muhammed Sucimez is better, but would he fit? I don't know and I don't really want to know. Hope this second review gives a better overall impression of the album.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Iron Man
December 28th 2004


6 Comments


Good review, FF. I have a few tracks off of this. The drumming and vocals really stand out at me, compared to other DM bands.

Dancin' Man
December 28th 2004


719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's just those guitars.....

Dancin' Man
December 29th 2004


719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So I just downloaded Chaotica. Very different.

/shameless bump

Per Ardua Ad Astra
December 29th 2004


106 Comments


I don't like Behemoth very much at all, but i've been hearing excellent things about this so i'll check it out.

TheLeperAffinity
January 12th 2005


7 Comments


Great review, this CD is awesome.

Toozey
January 12th 2005


77 Comments


This is probably the best DM album of 2004 (not counting Mithras reissues)

Dancin' Man
January 12th 2005


719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have yet to hear any Mithras.

Bartender
Emeritus
January 12th 2005


826 Comments


I could send you a couple of sample tracks from Worlds Beyond the Veil on AIM, if you'd like.

LordDargon
January 13th 2005


165 Comments


I prefer this to Mithras I think, anyways, AWESOME ALBUM, great review. There is not one single weak point on the album. Plus you gotta love the

SLAVES SHALL SERVER
SLAVES SHALL SERVER
SLAVES SHALL SERVER
SLAVES! SHALL! FU.CKING! SERVER!!!

5/5

Dancin' Man
January 13th 2005


719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I actually did get Worlds Beyond the Veil last night but haven't had a chance to listen yet.


/eye heart slsk

Toozey
January 13th 2005


77 Comments


[QUOTE=LordDargon]I prefer this to Mithras I think, anyways, AWESOME ALBUM, great review. There is not one single weak point on the album. Plus you gotta love the

SLAVES SHALL SERVER
SLAVES SHALL SERVER
SLAVES SHALL SERVER
SLAVES! SHALL! FU.CKING! SERVER!!!

5/5[/QUOTE]

Probably because you enjoy more straight forward stuff.

superpeer
January 13th 2005


257 Comments


I really have to get this.

Shattered_Future
May 5th 2005


1541 Comments


I have the songs Conquer All and Sculpting The Throne Ov Seth.

The lyrics for this band make me laugh...i dont know why, they just do.

Decent band...i had an opportunity to buy one of Behemoths black metal cds...and i turned it down. Today i think "damn i shoulda done that"

94_Hours
May 5th 2005


73 Comments


these guys have a very original sound. I have this album and I love it!!!

Dancin' Man
May 5th 2005


719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nah, the black metal is much worse than the death metal. I mean, it's decent black metal but the death metal is very, very good. Get Thelema. 6 or Demigod. Best 2 Behemoth albums IMO.

Quebec
June 28th 2005


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I just bought this and I think it rules. Not as good as cryptopsy's None so vile, but still a great DM album.

tele_death
July 2nd 2005


27 Comments


I love this band and album. Period.

circleofdeadchildren
August 10th 2005


119 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

BEHEMOTH KICK ASS

Shadows
Moderator
August 11th 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Is this album really that good? I have Satanica and I think it's quite good. I'll check this out next.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
August 11th 2005


2125 Comments


This is very good.



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