Behemoth
Satanica


3.0
good

Review

by Slaytan USER (16 Reviews)
November 27th, 2007 | 34 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist


The first time I heard Behemoth I was entranced. The aggression coming through the speakers was amazing, and unlike anything I had ever heard to that point. That album was Thelma.6. From there I went on to check out Demigod and The Apostasy, and I was more than satisfied with what I was hearing. Several months later I saw Behemoth at Ozzfest and heard a song in their set that I hadn't heard before, "Chant for Eschaton 2000." After doing some research I located that song, and the album it was a part of, Satanica. Needless to say, I purchased the album as soon as I could.

Satanica let me down. The album sounds recycled and rather uninspired, and here's why.

The vocals on the album are decent enough, but lack the overwhelming aggression that drew me to Behemoth in the first place. It sounds as though Nergal was still perfecting his growls during the recording of this album. They are not bad, they just don't stand out. That is not to say however, that they don't have their moments. On "Decade of Therion" and "Chant for Eschaton 2000", the vocals flourish and thrive over the crushing, brutal music, and provide the listener with the sonic brutality that has helped to increase Behemoth's popularity over the years.

The lyrics off of Satanica are very well written. They are all written by Nergal, with the occasional help of Krzysztof Azarewicz, his mentor. As is the case on almost all Behemoth songs, the lyrics reference the occult (courtesy of Azarewicz) or the defiance of religion. For many bands these lyrical topics become their downfall, seeing as they can easily be recycled and reused, but Behemoth do a good job of writing interesting lyrics with little recycling.
Quote:
Avatars of powers from four worlds
Bathed me in jewels of belief
I drink the nectar of Goddess - my eternal mistress
I am Shiva, Hadit or Beast himself
~Lyrical excerpt from Ceremony of Shiva
If Behemoth and more specifically Nergal have one consistency throughout this album, it's the lyrical prowess.

And now on to the portion that drags Satanica down into meritocracy: the guitars and bass. From track to track the guitar work varies very little, and it sounds like Nergal and Havoc were stuck in a creative rut. For instance, the riffs in "Star Spawn" resemble the riffs in "The Alchemist's Dream", which resemble riffs in "Sermon to the Hypocrites." Now, it's common sense that the riffs actually do vary from song to song, but to the ear they sound very similar, and leave you with wondering "didn't I just hear that?" The bass on the album (assuming it was recorded) is not present. Usually one would be able to hear a fill or two, but no, for all of Satanica the bass is absent, which is a shame because of Behemoth's latter works hearing the bass keep up with the guitars is a definite highlight.

Another disappointment comes in the form of the guitar solos. Usually the dueling solos that Behemoth record are amazing, and add a new level to the songs. Usually the solos are technical and captivating. Well, at least you get technicality. The solos do manage to show the obvious talent of Nergal and Havoc, but don't seem to suite the songs.
A definite highlight off of the album is drumming. Inferno never seems to disappoint. Despite the looming level of mediocrity that is present all around him for the most part of the album, he is fast and precise. His blast beats are on the level that they will be heard at on Demigod and The Apostasy, and his double bass work is rapid. On this album, he seems to use more of his kit though, which is a definite plus, seeing as he doesn't use just blast beat, and uses simple 4/4 beats at times to accent certain riffs. As previously stated, the drumming is a definite highlight.

In conclusion, Satanica is quite possibly Behemoth's worst album. However if you are looking for new death metal or just adding to your Behemoth collection don't shy away from this album, just don't expect anything special.

Recommended Tracks:
- Decade of Therion
- Chant for Eschaton 2000
- Ceremony of Shiva


Also, there are a total of 93 tracks on this album, with only 10 of them having any audio. 8 of them come in the form of the tracks you see listed, and 2 come in the form of what sound like sound checks placed randomly amongst the empty tracks. Each one of the empty tracks is 4 seconds long, and it's annoying. Be prepared if you're going to upload this CD onto your iTunes.



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Slaytan
November 27th 2007


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Wasn't really necessary, but I wanted to give my opinion.

botb
November 27th 2007


9722 Comments


ceremony of shiva is the only track i've heard off this. it's a pretty solid song though. if only i could understand what the hell nergal was saying. pretty good review, but not the best i've seen from you.

Digging: Solstafir - Ótta

masscows
November 27th 2007


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think Pandemonic Incantations is Behemoth's best 90's release. This one isn't that great, but I think Grom is probably their worst album. Pretty good review, just clean it up a little (there's a few spelling errors, spacing/punctuation errors etc). I'll vote.

Slaytan
November 27th 2007


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah, I know this isn't my best, but like I said, I really wanted to give my opinion on this album.
Also, I'll fix everything, gimme a second.
EDIT: Fixed.This Message Edited On 11.27.07

ToWhatEnd
November 27th 2007


3172 Comments


Pretty good review. You almost compare it to the group's other work too much but it still works out. These guys were immense when I saw them at SOTU two summers ago. Inferno is a beast like you said, his warm up was faster than anyone's actual performance (other than his own) and As I Lay Dying, Cannibal Corpse, Converge and The Black Dahlia Murder all performed that day.

Slaytan
November 27th 2007


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You almost compare it to the group's other work too much but it still works out.

I tried to avoid that too much, but as long as it works.
And yeah, at Ozzfest his warm ups were Godly.This Message Edited On 11.27.07

masscows
November 27th 2007


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The lineup for SOTU2006 was possibly the best big festival tour lineup ever.

And IDK about his warmups being the best, George Kolias from Nile was a little faster on the bass drums I think.

Slaytan
November 27th 2007


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

In the context of their respective albums, George Kollias has faster feet, but Inferno is more versatile overall, IMO anyway.

Tyler
Emeritus
November 27th 2007


7926 Comments


I wouldnt say them either are versatile or even very good, but maybe that's because I expect more than constant snare hits and annoying double bass for the entire duration of a song.

Zoo
November 27th 2007


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I cannot stand Behemoth. They bore the ever-loving fuck out of me.

masscows
November 27th 2007


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Inferno is actually a pretty versatile drummer. His drumming, while blastbeat oriented, actually is pretty creative.

George Kolias has great technique and a few moments of brilliance, but to me just serves as a backbone for Nile and not much more.

BallsToTheWall
November 27th 2007


44713 Comments


Anyone read the new revolver? Nergal is beating down Santa.

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Thor
November 27th 2007


10201 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Inferno is definitely good, Tyler.

Slaytan
November 27th 2007


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Anyone read the new revolver? Nergal is beating down Santa.

Haha

Willie
Moderator
November 27th 2007


16073 Comments

Album Rating: 3.1

I've never heard these guys... they didn't seem to be anything out of the ordinary from what I heard.

Slaytan
November 27th 2007


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Really? If you get a chance, I recommend listening to the Demigod album; "Conquer All" and "Slaves Shall Serve" can be heard on the Behemoth page here on Sputnik.

Willie
Moderator
November 27th 2007


16073 Comments

Album Rating: 3.1

The music on "Conquer All" is pretty good except for the faster sections, but I don't like the vocals. Those type of death metal vocals don't do anything for me.
The music and vocals on "Prometherion" are much better, and maybe worth checking out whatever album the song is on.
...and I don't like the music or vocals much on "Slaves Shall Serve".

Slaytan
November 27th 2007


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Really? Conquer All is my favorite Behemoth song. Prometherion is better vocally though, seeing as they aren't layered. And Slaves Shall Serve has some badass music music IMO. But hey, you're entitled your opinion.

Willie
Moderator
November 28th 2007


16073 Comments

Album Rating: 3.1

Well, honestly I'm not really into Death Metal though. I have some random songs that I like, but I'm not really into any death metal bands.

ToWhatEnd
November 28th 2007


3172 Comments


George Kolias from Nile was a little faster on the bass drums I think.
Nile wasn't at my stop of that tour, weird.




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