Behemoth
The Apostasy


3.0
good

Review

by Nate B. USER (10 Reviews)
December 16th, 2007 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Meh.

Let me just start by saying that Behemoth has been one of my favorite bands since I first got into extreme metal. Demigod seriously blew me away, and I proceeded to check out their other work. Zos Kia Cultus, Thelema.6 and Pandemonic Incantations, along with the aforementioned Demigod are all damn near masterpieces within the black/death genre. But when I got this and listened to it a few times, I found myself loving it sometimes and feeling downright frustrated at others. Why?

First off, the intro track, “Rome 64 C.E”. is awesome. It opens with some female vocals, leading into an epic-as-fuck chord progression, which resonates into the second track, “Slaying the Prophets ov Isa”. This song is probably the best song on the album, to be honest. The bridge with the choir over it is fucking awesome, and there isn't a single bad riff in the song. The next song, “Prometherion”, while solid, is a little awkward. Here's why: the fucking blastbeats. They seem totally out of place considering the fact that the song is otherwise mid-paced, and they'd still be very overused even if they did fit the song's framework better. This routine follows suit for the remainder of the album; it seems like Inferno, while becoming more technically apt behind the kit, is just getting into the bad habit of using blastbeats way, way too much. But like I said, it's still a solid song.

From here, it just gets more and more dry. The arrangements on the longer songs (“Kreigsphilosophie”, “At the Left Hand ov God”, “Libertheme”) seem repetitive for the sake of being long. They probably wanted to cram more material into the album for length's sake (I mean, the album isn't even 40 minutes), but they fell right on their face in doing so. The aforementioned songs aren't necessarily bad, since they're chuck-full of great riffs, but they're just way too repetitive and drawn out. The more average-length songs (“Be Without Fear”, “Arcana Hereticae”, “Pazuzu”) aren't anywhere near the standards Behemoth set for themselves with previous releases. “Be Without Fear” is a thrashier, not as good version of “Conquer All”. “Arcana Hereticae”, while a solid song, is basically just recycled from their other material. “Pazuzu” is a pretty bad song truth be told, it has some decent riffs and the choir saves it from being a total suckfest, but it's just not up to standards.

Now comes my biggest complaint: “Inner Sanctum”. The idea of this song may look great on paper, but the execution isn't just lackluster, it's awkward as hell. It starts promisingly enough: a cool piano intro, good lead-in riff, but the first verse with the narration and Warrel Dane singing is like I said, awkward as hell. Then the chorus kicks in. The riff in the chorus sucks, and the drumming is metronomical and dull; not doing anything interesting but is just kind of there (and is pretty annoying). This repeats itself one more time, then it kicks into the second half which is just a collection of riffs that doesn't really add to the song, since they don't even fit the framework of the rest of the song at all and just seem like (again) an attempt at drawing it out. Basically, Behemoth tried to make an eerie, atmospheric song and failed.

So, even though so far I've mostly been complaining about the album, it's still decently solid. “Slaying the Prophets ov Isa” is downright awesome song, “Christgrinding Avenue” is great, and “Prometherion” is solid. Hell, alot of the songs have great riffs but are ultimately marred by poor/lazy arrangements. All in all though, The Apostasy just doesn't live up to the standards Behemoth has set for themselves over the years. If you’re looking to check out Behemoth, start with any of their other releases this decade.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
masscows
December 16th 2007


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

mmmkay

LifeInABox
December 16th 2007


3709 Comments


It was ok. Fix the filters, they make it look childish.

masscows
December 16th 2007


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I keep forgetting about those.

DerMond
December 16th 2007


126 Comments


i concur.

rasputin
December 16th 2007


14550 Comments


Not too bad, but nothing brilliant. Good review.

kalkal50
December 16th 2007


2386 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Slaying The Prophets ov Isa is indeed the only good song. Good review.

masscows
December 16th 2007


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I cleaned it up a little, fixed some awkward sentences etc.

Positive votes welcome guys!

blackened07
December 16th 2007


949 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review. This isn't their best album but it is enjoyable IMO.

Thor
December 16th 2007


10200 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm kind of alone in this it seems, but I loved the album. I liked Demigod more, but this album still packs quite a punch.

Bfhurricane
December 16th 2007


6197 Comments


Good review, Ive been meaning to check this out, Demigod is a beast of an album

Wizard
December 16th 2007


19493 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Excellent review. I only moderately enjoyed Zos Kia Cultus and I found Demigod to be a bit of a snoozefest.

leading into an epic-as-fuck chord progression

I nearly fell out of my compute chair laughing at this line!

Digging: Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire

foreverendeared
December 16th 2007


14678 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thor, i completely agree. though i think the second half of this cd really lags

eggsvonsatan
December 17th 2007


1087 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Decent review but i completely disagree. I don't even like warrel dane and i thought inner sanctum was great.

Confessed2005
December 17th 2007


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Warrel Dane is awesome.

At least this was better than Nile's latest.

Thor
December 17th 2007


10200 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was pretty offended when Revolver rated Ithyphallic a 4.5 and this a 5

masscows
December 17th 2007


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

did they really? wow, i'm glad i don't get metal mags, i'd be pissed at their dumbassery.

Essence
December 17th 2007


3586 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yea Terrorizer put Ithyphallic over The Apostasy too
Good review.

Confessed2005
December 17th 2007


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ithyphallic was really boring aside from the odd standout moment which were few and far between. This was a little more interesting and better executed.

kalkal50
December 17th 2007


2386 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Warrel Dane sucks dude, and this album sucks equally as much as Ithyphallic. Technically its better, but imo they're both crap.

Confessed2005
December 17th 2007


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've never really thought him to be a bad vocalist. Nevermore are a good band.



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