Behemoth
Evangelion


4.0
excellent

Review

by fireaboveicebelow USER (108 Reviews)
July 31st, 2009 | 58 replies | 11,693 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


9 of 9 thought this review was well written

Step aside for a moment from the unrelenting hate towards Behemoth due to their recent “lackluster” attempts at death metal records. The problem with a band like Behemoth not pleasing a section of the metal community is that, even though the lyrics are consistently intriguing, the passion they put into their playing is faltered by possibly trying too hard to upstage their contemporaries in terms of aggressive and cohesive songwriting. But what you could never deny them was their intelligence ov constructing what were essentially history lessons, albeit skewed and slightly mythologized, in the form ov music, and even though some people dislike them for being pretentious, redundant, or overproduced, in the most convenient nutshell, Evangelion retorts those claims in a manner as cold and unforgiving as a fake orgasm.

To start off, Nergal does not overproduce the record, nor does he have eight layers ov vocals every inch ov the tracks. In fact his growl is as powerful and trained as it’s ever been, an obvious claim based on just hearing the behemoth(!) opener Daimonos. Another welcome change-up from monotony complaints is Inferno’s drumming. Rather than being straight double bass for the intro and blast beats for the rest of the songs like it seemed to be the whole last record, it’s more like it was on Thelema 6.66, that being controlled (Alas, The Lord Is Upon Me), varied enough (Ov Fire And The Void), but still ridiculously inhuman at parts. You could say his work on Evangelion has finally allowed him to fully live up to his name.

While all that’s good and tasty, the main element that has evolved to a mature form is Nergal’s songwriting, including the arrangements ov all three members’ parts. Every section ov Evangelion sounds thought-out while maintaining that “impulse” feel that makes music sound that much more natural flowing, probably most apparent in Transmigrating Beyond Realms Ov Amenti, a fun track starting out in a smooth 15/8 time. However, the most obvious difference with Evangelion is it’s variation in song structure, riffing patterns, and tempo variation. This is what makes this record such a pleasure to listen to multiple times because it really doesn’t blend together much at all.

I’m pleased to say that Behemoth has achieved a big feat here. Evangelion strides infinitely higher than their other releases due to its strong increase in quality within literally every characteristic. The band’s attempts at combining intelligent subject matter, the passion ov writing chaotic and cohesive music with a message, and worldwide influences musically and lyrically have finally been fully realized, so here’s hoping Behemoth can continue their stride in the future, but for now we can let those choir chants haunt our souls as they shout “Christians to the lions!”



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jingledeath
August 1st 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ugh album is so good, Lucifer and The Seed ov I slays

TricksterGRex
August 1st 2009



2087 Comments


i wanted to like this but still couldn't get into it :/

fireaboveicebelow
August 1st 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

if you didn't like them before I wouldn't expect this to surprise you

TricksterGRex
August 1st 2009



2087 Comments


i actually had some hopes after they posted the first song, but meh

fireaboveicebelow
August 1st 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

there's loads of other new records to come don't worry, you like Paramore right?

CompanionCube
August 1st 2009



977 Comments


haha nice

TricksterGRex
August 1st 2009



2087 Comments


nah i'd tell you what my opinion on paramore is but i need to make friends for once

fireaboveicebelow
August 1st 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol sorry, I think I gave lots of recs on one of your lists but what else are you looking for

Hawks
August 1st 2009



35638 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well I need to hear this because I already know I'm gonna love it.

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StreetlightRock
Emeritus
August 1st 2009



3766 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

love the artwork

but album's no demigod

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Zip
August 1st 2009



5312 Comments


^ov

rasputin
August 1st 2009



14540 Comments


ov fire and ov der ovens

Zip
August 1st 2009



5312 Comments


Wow spelling errors everywhere

section of the metal

intelligence of constructing

layers of vocals every

arrangements of all three

You get the idea. Please fix.


Motiv3
August 1st 2009



8923 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

gotta love the ov love xD.
Big Step up from Apostasy.

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BallsToTheWall
August 1st 2009



44194 Comments


Nergal's mask in the promos is hilarious. Good review sir.

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fireaboveicebelow
August 1st 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

zipper...nothing is spelt wrong, are you talking about something else

myhigherpie
August 1st 2009



3027 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review.

must admit, Nergal's voice sounds much more powerful without the layering.

I might even say he is an exceptional vocalist.

Wizard
August 1st 2009



19343 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Evangelion retorts those claims in a manner as cold and unforgiving as a fake orgasm.

Good line.

Zipper, why do you have to pretend to be retarded hahaha. Really good review, looking forward to buying this. Seeing these guys live.....wow!

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Zip
August 1st 2009



5312 Comments


I meant that he should spell all ov the ofs with a v instead of an f but apparently you are all braindead.

Fxxkit13
August 1st 2009



1559 Comments


I never really liked this band because of Nergal's vocals, but maybe i'll give this a listen.



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