Behemoth
Evangelion


4.5
superb

Review

by SepticReAnimate USER (1 Reviews)
March 8th, 2010 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Never before has a band’s name become more applicable to what it has become in the metal scene.

It appears that Behemoth has split much of the metal community into two camps; the first, who respect the group as excellent musicians and the second, who can’t seem to get over the fact that Behemoth spells “of” as “ov.” In any case, I was ecstatic when I received a copy of the album back in August 2009. In my experience with the band, Behemoth has released quality release after quality release, so I had high expectations - thankfully, they were well met in Behemoth’s most atmospheric and instrumentally tightest album yet.

Vocalist and guitarist Nergal always seems to have something to say about his bizarre and otherworldly philosophy as well as some pagan and satanic history. His research into these subjects is evident in the album’s booklet, where he explains all his reasoning and inspirations behind each song (one must not forget when he thanked himself in “Demigod’s” acknowledgments section). Still, one must wonder when he’ll run out of the shocking, pagan lyrics… although the same could be asked of Karl Sanders of Nile. But I digress.

Perhaps the greatest difference in this release compared to all the others is its mood. While albums like “Demigod” and “Zos Kia Cultus” certainty had the brutality with Nergal’s wraith-like vocals and Inferno’s incessant drumming, “Evangelion” is swollen with an omnipresent sense of unadulterated evil. In songs such as “Lucifer” and “Alas, Lord is Upon Me,” hardly any blast beats are present, and it is refreshing to hear Inferno perform complex fills absent of the machine gun-esque “ratatats” which seem ubiquitous in previous albums (admittedly in many of the songs on “Evangelion” as well). He slows the pace of the songs, allowing the listener to become victim of an aural assault of thudding toms and crashing splash cymbals. More samples are heard as well - “Daimonos” begins with the sound of crying children and screaming women, and the presence of choirs and background ambience is scattered throughout the record. Aimless guitar tones and wandering scales add to an overall sound of misery and horror. Throw in the usual bombastic guitar solos, and you’ve got yourself one scary-ass album.

Another impressive aspect of “Evangelion” was the band’s ability to produce progression through regression. All listeners know of Behemoth’s black metal roots, and this album sounds more blackened relative to “Demigod” and “The Apostasy,” mostly due to the aforementioned uptake of atmosphere. However, this is by no means negative. It turns out this new mix of extra-blackened death metal also makes for a “fuller” sound, and the production drops some of the emphasis on the crushing drums and focuses it on Nergal’s much-improved vocals and less one-dimensional guitar riffs. The production also finds itself in a happy medium between the extremely polished sound of “Demigod” and the odd muddiness of “The Apostasy.”

The question remains: are the changes heard in “Evangelion” enough to sway Behemoth-haters? Probably not. Despite the more varied tempo and higher emphasis on atmosphere, this is still undoubtedly a Behemoth album, just as a Dimmu Borgir album is a Dimmu Borgir album and a Lamb of God album is distinctly a Lamb of God album. Unless Behemoth changes everything about itself, critics will continue to dislike the band.

In summation, Behemoth combined more black metal elements to their already potent mixture of blackened death to make the most powerful album of 2009. The band meshes brutality and evil atmosphere to truly form the embodiment of strength.


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bloozclooz
March 8th 2010


1770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i think the two camps are actually those who love their death metal, and those who only listen to their black metal.

good review either way. oh yeah and zos kia cultus rapes this shit. hard

Anthracks
March 8th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this album is great i need to listen to it more

Digging: The Decemberists - What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
March 8th 2010


21842 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just heard this yesterday. Good stuff.

Digging: Failure - Fantastic Planet

Burn2Burn
March 8th 2010


2378 Comments


Pretty good album but every song kind of sounds the same.

Hawks
March 8th 2010


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh yeah and zos kia cultus rapes this shit. hard

Uh no?


Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 8th 2010


19086 Comments


Never liked Behemoth, especially the vocals. Good review though.

Digging: Stereolab - Dots and Loops

SepticReAnimate
March 9th 2010


188 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks guys, my first review too :P

shindip
March 10th 2010


3536 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just got this and not particularly impressed so far

Brownbeardrummer
March 10th 2010


14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great review. great album. and i always thought the reason of spelling of like "ov" was because they are polish. but thats just my opinion

bloozclooz
March 11th 2010


1770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

they spell if ov cause they're fuckin badass

FR33L0RD
November 19th 2010


1467 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Im re-discovering their latest album.

"Ov Fire and the Void" is intensity at his best

PanasonicYouth
November 19th 2010


7412 Comments


this IS their latest album

Ovrot
November 23rd 2010


10555 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Proof.

FR33L0RD
November 26th 2010


1467 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

....listening to the new DVD, now,
awesome stuff

Repetitive,yes & no.
Similar structure on a few occasions but personally. i am OK with that.

TheNotrap
October 21st 2011


8133 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

ALL HAIL SLAIN
AND RISEN GOD

ALL HAIL

DIONYSUSSSSSSSSSSS
m/

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Acanthus
April 23rd 2012


9545 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just picked up a physical copy of this today, album artwork is much cooler in person.

HitlerIsGod
April 23rd 2012


746 Comments


the intro on Daimonos is so fucking badass. decent album, unnecessary review, although its a good one.

Acanthus
April 23rd 2012


9545 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I just get the beginning "I " stuck in my head from "Ov Fire and The Void"

fogza
October 2nd 2013


35 Comments


"this is still undoubtedly a Behemoth album, just as a Dimmu Borgir album is a Dimmu Borgir album and a Lamb of God album is distinctly a Lamb of God album."

Thanks Captain Obvious.

qiblas
October 2nd 2013


394 Comments


^Hahahahahah^



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