Behemoth
Demigod


4.5
superb

Review

by Grant Johnson USER (4 Reviews)
April 26th, 2006 | 22 replies | 4,160 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

The powerful transformation from decent black metal to colossal death metal has turned Behemoth into one of the genre's most favored bands. Their new style involves much more speed picking and palmuted trash/metal riffs, along with some of metal's best drumming. The double bass drum in Demigod is sick, perhaps some of the best drumming I've heard in any death metal album. Nergals voice has evolved into a much deeper and more gruesome scream. The lyrics may not be the easiest to understand because of the muffled sound due to the multiple layers of voices, but definately a perfect fit and mood setter for this album.

What is Demigod about? Nergal created this album to express and preech his ethics on life. "There are no gods but ourselves" he quotes. Nergal believes that instead of following a god, we should rise up and become the gods that rule the earth, and in Nergal's mind, the universe. The lyrics in the song "Conquer All" tell about Nergal's desire to conquer the universe, and to be above all else. While some of the other tracks touch different topics, the album as a whole focuses around this basic idea.

Sculpting The Throne Ov Seth - The acoustic opener to this track goes to show the true uniqueness of metal. The opener quickly blasts into the death metal part of the opener, until the band releases it's double bass drum and heavy and fast sweep picking into the rest of this great track.

Demigod - Again, Behemoth proves to the world that death metal is what music is all about. The track opens with the sound of horns, probably the call to battle. The horns continue to sound as the double bass drum and melody of the guitars storms in and changes the mood of the song. Using the same idea the horns give the listener, this song is instrumentally one of the coolest on the album.

Conquer All - This track doesn't have a unique opener like first two, but delivers a powerful and addiciting riff from the beginning to the end. Again, the double bass drum and syncronizing of the guitars tears its way through they're previous work. The different guitar parts throughout this song perfectly come together to make an addictive melody. Conquer All has a more powerful and mind consuming bridge than the rest of the songs, truely the best metal has to offer.

The Nehpilim Rising - This track's intro overwhelms its listeners right away with the combination of guitars to form a wicked riff. The verse riff is perhaps the catchiest on the entire album, and I love the pinch harmonics there. The main riff makes me think that my head is a ball attached to a chain, slinging back and fourth, and I am instantly hipnotized by the sound. The outro of the song returns to Behemoth's acoustics proving once again this band's talent. This is my favorite and in my opinion the best song on the album.

Towards Babylon - The beginning of this track is very thrashy and sets the sound for the rest of the track. Some very impressive sweep picking, but the sound of the song doesnt change much as the track goes on. The solos are definately the highlight of the song.

Before The Aeons Came - The intro to this song has to be one of the coolest sounding ever (besides the acoustics), and the double bass drum enters and changes the mood to a more aggressive feeling. The chorus has an awsome guitar riffs that stands out the most in the song.

Mysterium Coniunctionis (Mermanubis) - The mood and sound set at the beginning of the track can best catch the attention of the listener and lead them right into this songs verse. The verse riff is very good and probably the best part of this song. Nergal's voice changes a bit into more of a suffering scream for part of the song, which can be good or bad, depending on the listener.

Xul - The solid note at the beginning sets sort of an erie feeling at first, and then is interupted by the destruction of the double bass drum. While the verse riffs arn't as good in this song, it is equipped with some very wicked and impressive solos. The track as a whole has a very nice sound, making this song stand with the rest.

Slaves Shall Serve - The opener to this has only Nergal's voice preaching with a very evil and mysterious tone. The double bass drum and the guitars blast their way in and present a very solid and powerful riff. The solos in this song are what kept my attention from drifting. Closing the song is Nergal shouting Slaves Shall Serve! Slaves Shall Serve! Slaves, Shall, ***ing Serve! A wicked death metal song indeed, and one of the best on the album.

The Reign Ov Shemsu-Hor - I have to admit that I get bored of the first 2 minutes of this song, the crazy thing about it though is that you never know when it will change. This track is very much different from the others, but indeed it does have a very cool riff and sound to it as it picks up. Great closing track.


Pros:
- Each of these songs are unigue and sound different. The listener can get a different idea from each song interperet what they want.
- Excellent, fast, technical, and unique drumming, purely some of metal's finest.
- The guitar riffs are very heavy and unique sounding.
- Awsome solos.
- Excellent intros and outros to the tracks, ultimatly showing the talent of this death metal band.

Cons:
- Nergal is a bit hard to understand.

In the many years that i have endured music, I have heard nothing that lives up to or compares to what Behemoth has brought us with Demigod. A pure and unique deathmetal sound nonetheless. This band has filled the spot for my number 1 deathmetal band, and I strongly recommend this album to anyone who understands music and deathmetal.
This is my first review so I expect there to be criticism.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2006



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is actually a pretty kickin first review. Really good, imho. I actually like this one slightly better than the other review. Good job.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2006



15727 Comments


Yay for a worthy review! Nice job, especially for your first.

Dont listen to death metal, so dont expect to hear much from me on the site, but let me be the first to say welcome!

Digging: Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again

Priestmetal
April 26th 2006



542 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Listening to this album feels like getting crushed by a steam roller again and again without dying while demons scream in your ears. I don't mean that in a bad way however. All in all though I just think I'm not enough of a death metal fan to appreciate this. Too repetitve, too unvarying, too fast, too crazy. Some songs are really good though, like Conquer all and Demigod.

Thor
April 26th 2006



10176 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great for a first review! I also agree with your rating, the only down part about this album are the vocals. It's an awesome album musically though.

Toaster
April 26th 2006



343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You should check out some earlier Behemoth, most notably Thelema.6 and Zos Kia Cultus.. the vocals are killer. I still think the vocals on Demigod are great, but he sounds waay better on those earlier albums, and he doesn't layer nearly as much.

Conquer All sucks a bit.This Message Edited On 04.26.06

Drunken Viking
April 26th 2006



1023 Comments


Good review, but I thought you repeated yourself a lot, you said they used good sweep picking and fast double bass almost every song. But besides that solid first review.

diefamous
April 26th 2006



281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I guess i did. Just tried to give people an idea of what the songs may sound like.

diefamous
April 26th 2006



281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I appreciate the constructive criticism though. I'll keep that in mind for my future reviews.

KilMeister
April 26th 2006



1 Comments


Your Knowlege of Metal Impresses me. I like the way you dive into the band and talk about the technical aspects of their music. In a crown of Thousands, Your stand alone.

Shadows
Moderator
April 27th 2006



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This is by far the best Behemoth album to date.

Drunken Viking
April 27th 2006



1023 Comments


Definately, kicks the crap out of Satanica.

Silenius
April 27th 2006



302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Ugh... I hate the vocals, they sound retarded IMO. If this is the best Behemoth album I best not waste my time with the others.

diefamous
April 27th 2006



281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The vocals are killer. It sounds like a bunch of demons, and that's what it's suppose to sound like. Instead of comparing the vocals to that with other bands you should focus on how Nergal used the vocals to perfectly match the mood for this album. Truth be told.This Message Edited On 08.30.06

south_of_heaven 11
April 27th 2006



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think I might have to check this guys out...
Good review as well!

south_of_heaven 11
June 3rd 2006



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

- Nergal is hard to understand.

Yeup, but other than that, this album is kickin'

diefamous
August 30th 2006



281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Priestmetal I noticed that you said that the songs were too repetive and too unvarying, and I'm just ganna say I don't agree at all.

UnbornAgain
September 1st 2006



11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I didn't like the vocal effects they used on this particular album, (I happen to like Thelema.6 better in that department) but that doesn't mean this album isn't their heaviest, most interesting, and most fucking awesome to date. Not counting Chaotica, I haven't heard that...I have 3 of their albums...Demigod, Thelema.6, and Pandemonic Incantations.

Shadows
Moderator
September 1st 2006



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Chaotica is just their first two albums released as a boxed set.

diefamous
September 3rd 2006



281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

What would you guys say is their best black metal album? I wanna pick one up.This Message Edited On 09.15.06

Thor
September 9th 2006



10176 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is inhumanly good.



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