Behemoth
Evangelion


4.5
superb

Review

by Motiv3 USER (8 Reviews)
August 1st, 2009 | 41 replies | 5,835 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


6 of 6 thought this review was well written

Intensity.

This could mean different things to different people. When talking about music intensity doesn’t have to be viewed as ‘Br00tal’ music, it can mean an array of things. Atmospheric, Epic and Powerful all come to mind when you think of intensity and here lies to the problem with Behemoth’s last release ‘The Apostasy’. It simply lacked all the things I have mentioned above, particularly in the weaker songs. Nergal’s growls in songs like ‘Be without fear’ and ‘Inner Sanctum’ lacked any real depth or power behind them leaving a very flat and monotonous feeling. Dare I say it lacked any of that fire or passion that accompanied with Demigod, even if it was layered as hell.

Fear not, however because here is ‘Evangelion’ to fix everything. This is by far the most atmospheric Behemoth record to date. There were always touches of atmosphere even if it did come across as a bit cheesy, but this time around Behemoth really have stepped up to the plate here. The inclusion of an orchestra really helped with this; there have been bands which have tried this in the past and came across as ridiculously cheesy, or even worse, woeful (Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth instantly come to mind). However Behemoth have used this very tastefully, never once going over the top with theatrics or show thus producing an album which you can feel, giving it extra life and tension to the music.

Nergal’s vocal improvement to me is one of the standout points to the entire album. This is the first Behemoth album where you could point out Nergal as an essence of the band. Sure he has always been a competent vocalist, but this time around he really brings more depth and power, something which he has been hinting at for quite some time. Gone completely are the vocal effects and what you have is a drastically improved vocal performance which gives Evangelion the fire and passion The Apostasy never really had. This really equals to the intense, brutal Demigod with Nergal’s vocals alone Whether u may agree or not, Behemoth has always been since Demigod a somewhat unique band given the fan base they have built up. One main reason for this is Nergal’s vocals are none other than that I have heard from the genre. Some may like or completely despise them but theres no doubt that Nergal has fully exploited his vocal range this time around giving a somewhat unique and epic sound to Evangelion.

As well as tremendous atmosphere and powerful vocals, Evangelion is an album which has an aggressive nature but makes way for some much more varied songwriting and cohesive ideas. There are indeed the balls out ultra aggressive songs on this album we have come to known from Behemoth and they have really perfected that style this time around. ‘Shemhamforash’ and ‘Alas, the Lord is upon me’ seem like the perfect blend of the aggressive Demigod with the more technical Apostasy. The solos in particular have in part improved, they seem more personal and written for the song rather than a neat little solo just to finish the song off. However instead of just literally recreating the songs we know Behemoth are capable of, they have really expanded their song writing ideas to the next level. The closing track ‘Lucifer’ is the perfect example of this, starting off very slowly and atmospheric with tribal drums played in the background, Orchestrial music is used to great effect here creating the Middle Eastern feeling that Behemoth has failed to create in the past. The end result is one of the slowest songs Behemoth have ever done yet, one of the most atmospheric and powerful; probably the best closing track they have done in their career.

This album overall is without a doubt Behemoth’s most complete work, Inferno still has the vast array of blast beats and jaw dropping fills but is much more varied and interesting, even slowing down at points when needed, it’s a real pleasure to listen to and shows why he is Behemoth’s biggest asset. Whilst I feel this won’t change the minds of people who dislike the band, for anyone who has been a fan of Behemoth, particularly their latest works this is an almost perfect record, living up to and surpassing all expectations creating possibly the album of Behemoth’s career.



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Motiv3
August 1st 2009



8419 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

what did u think ov my review?

streaming album:
http://www.myspace.com/behemoth

Zip
August 1st 2009



5313 Comments


Not much

FadeToBlack
August 1st 2009



10913 Comments


Nice review, I will pos. You might want to put names of other bands and albums in italics or bold or something to make the review easier to read. but that's just me.

fireaboveicebelow
August 1st 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fear not, however because here is ‘Evangelion’ to fix everything. This is by far the most atmospheric Behemoth record to date.
for some reason this transition within the paragraph doesn't flow too well
Behemoth whether u may agree or not has always been since Demigod a somewhat unique band given the popularity and fan base they have built up but also Nergal’s vocals are none other than that I have heard from the genre.
u need 2 fix that sentence
The end result is one of the slowest Behemoth have ever done yet one of the most atmospheric and powerful, probably the best closing track they have done in their career.
*slowest songs, put a comma before yet, put a semi-colon after powerful
This Album overall is without a doubt Behemoth’s most complete work, Inferno still has the vast array of blast beats and Jaw dropping fills
album and jaw don't need to be capitalized

Hollier we actually agree about an album I'm surprised

Zip
August 1st 2009



5313 Comments


Oh so it's ok if you critique people's reviews but not me...

fireaboveicebelow
August 1st 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I didn't spell anything wrong you fool

Zip
August 1st 2009



5313 Comments


You should have used ov!

fireaboveicebelow
August 1st 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

holy shit I did not catch that I'll go change it now

Motiv3
August 1st 2009



8419 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

weird, i ran it through spell checker as well... ok gonna fix.

Zip
August 1st 2009



5313 Comments


Damn nobody got that.

Zip
August 1st 2009



5313 Comments


2.5, gay.

Zip
August 1st 2009



5313 Comments


Oh real mature.

Motiv3
August 1st 2009



8419 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fixed, as i said if u didnt like Behemoth before i cant really see any reason for this album to change your mind, but again i might be wrong. Wiz seems to enjoy it hahaha.

Fxxkit13
August 1st 2009



1559 Comments


Well you said improved vocals, so i'll probably at least check this out now.

fireaboveicebelow
August 1st 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fun fact: you can never use wizard as an example because his tastes are disturbingly unpredictable

Motiv3
August 1st 2009



8419 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha ok ill keep that in mind.

TricksterGRex
August 1st 2009



2087 Comments


you mean his tastes are disturbingly right most of the time

except in this case

Anthracks
August 1st 2009



3639 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I had this rated as a 3.5 after the first time I listened to it. There really isn't too much wrong with it, but I haven't been compelled to listen to it again in the slightest since then.

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XulOnerom
August 1st 2009



1817 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A few grammatical errors and awkward sentences, but still good enough to pos

"The inclusion of an Orchestra really helped with this, there have been bands which have tried this in the past which came across as ridiculously cheesy or even worse: woeful (Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth instantly comes to mind)."

Try to restructure that sentence into something like this:

"The inclusion of an orchestra really helped with this; there have been bands which have tried this in the past and came across as ridiculously cheesy, or even worse, woeful (Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth instantly come to mind)."

Willie
Moderator
August 1st 2009



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review. Apparently it's time for me to check these guys out.

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