Review Summary: A better image for the band was found in a completely different genre.
Behemoth has changed their image a quite a bit since their black metal roots. They have taken a more death metal-like turn, and for the most part, it turns out to be better than could've imagined. This album is purely composed of the typical death metal criteria, while still maintaining some of Behemoth's personal touches, such as the sophisticated lyrics, or complex drum lines in songs like "Sculpting the Throne ov Seth". Other songs in this album become immediately apparent that it is just about the awesome instrumentals. The heavy bass, the very rapid kick, and the chugging guitar riffs are of a high quality, and compliment most especially songs like "Conquer All", or "The Nephilim Rising". Some interesting sounds make their way in as well. For example, the trumpeting intro to the track "Demigod", which doesn’t do much in the way of setting the tone for the rest of the song, seeing as how heavy the entire track really is. But also, a lot of intro's for this album make a pretty influential appearance, and can really have an impact on the entire song when it comes to setting the tone. But other than that, it's mostly all about the chorus's, which provide the most excitement for this album in terms of instrumentation.
The vocals for this album are also pretty neat. While it might come off at first as just throat wrenching madness, oh wait, that's what it really is. But unlike a lot of modern-day death metal bands, (which this album took no inspiration from) the lyrics are really sensible. Though it'll probably be necessary for you to pull up a lyrics sheet, once you get the idea of the song, the true art of the material can stand out better than it ever could.
Behemoth have gone and crafted an interesting album to say the least. As far as their performances go, I have to say, this is their best album yet. The whole idea this album spawned from was well composed, and in the end, very enjoyable. It's also pretty hard to get boring with considering this isn’t really an album that should be listened to all the way through. Going just a few tracks into each listen will more than likely satisfy due to the very heavy music.