Behemoth
Demigod


4.5
superb

Review

by Neoteric USER (86 Reviews)
May 26th, 2006 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


Behemoth might be the leader of the death metal scene right now getting magazine coverage, which is surprising for such a brutal band. This album is a bigger step for Behemoth. Evolving from black metal to death metal. I recommend before you listen to this album, get a hearing aid or at least cover your ears as this shi[t is heavy. This is probably the heaviest my limit can take me. Behemoth has had a following in the black metal scene for some time but it seems just now they’re getting noticed. They are from Poland and they show such great musicianship. This album is a smash to your face and is very angry and brutal. Let your indie friend listen to this for kicks (like I did).

Behemoth cover all ground here but their main contribution is the brutal blast beats, throat slitting guitars and almost demon-like vocals. The production on this album is very precise so you can hear everything that is going on which could be impossible if the production had been lower. Everything is laid out neat on the album underneath the heaviness.

Beginning with my trip on the bands members, let me start with the vocals. Nergal’s vocals with make you jump out your seat on first listen. It is that low and heavy though I do detect that the vocals are layered (layered as in, he’d sing it once and in the studio they’d double the recording). Never the less, it doesn’t take away from anything and the vocals still give you the image of a devil in disguise. The most amazing thing about Orion’s bass lines is that they stick out under the heaviness and they get a lot of chances to shine which is pretty cool in my opinion.

Seth doesn’t do anything overall hard but the riffs are brutal and I like the way he puts pinch harmonics in at the right time. It makes it feel quite evil. The chunky down-tuned riffs and the vocals are what make it sound so evil and brutal. There are even a lot of classical guitar parts ready to surprise you. My personally favourite member is Inferno the drummer. Boy, can this guy blast beat, he constantly surprises me with his constant double bass, blast beats and fast fills. He does it so well for the band he is obviously a highlight, never overtaking the show or showing the other band members up but he is a perfect drummer for this type of band. From the start, you know what you’re getting into to. Sculpting the Throne of Seth is a good representation of what the album sounds like. Fast, brutal and pretty surprising at times. It starts with a fading in classical guitar piece. This is quite a good song and is heavy the whole way through it. It kicks major arse and it is heavy with its stops and starts. Conquer All could be a song that could get people into the band. Starting off with a memorable guitar riff, it just builds up from there. Nergal is a madman here and it really helps the song. What also helps the song is the chugging guitar and double bass, which is here all the way through the song. For total outbursts, I recommend Slaves Shall Serve, which starts off with Nergal mumbling, and then the drums just go crazy. This song is quite short but is a good representation of the album. It features all the Behemoth trademarks

Before The Eons Came is the shortest track on the album and is one of the only songs to feature a fuzzy chord progression. Nergal sounds pretty pissed in this song. This song is something you’d play at a beheading. It is safe to say that if hell played music all day then this would be on the play list. The Reign of Shemsu-Hor is the longest track on the album. The actual song doesn’t go on for the whole ten minutes, but it does stay on till seven minutes where it is just double bass playing. This song has a massive build-up. It has some weird synth effect which helps it build up. It sounds quite wicked and it is slower than the rest. It doesn’t take away from the heaviness; it’s just slowed down a bit. The drums are a high point of the song, as it seems like Inferno will have sore feet while playing this album. The solo sounds quite good. In fact, the whole song is just this one whole big wall of noise (in a good way). And is possibly a highlight of the album mostly for its length and breathtaking atmosphere.

This album is a revolutionary step for death metal. It could possibly be the best album of 2005 and in my mind, is. What Behemoth has achieved here is a technical, genius piece of work. It is quite a sophisticated album and it must have been a bitch to make and write. Behemoth are amazing and are one of the best death metal bands of the millennium. They show musicianship and it’s pretty easy to see they enjoy what they’re doing. I recommend this album a lot even if you want to take a first step into death metal. This will be hard to listen to at first but you will easily fall in love with it. Death metal has grown quite a lot of popularity this past decade and Behemoth are just one of the bands making their mark. Decapitated are also in the same situation. Death metal is getting more popular and will probably continue to. This band is Morbid Angel influenced Death but a lot heavier. They will probably go on to a lot more things in the future and I am looking forward to it. This album was a big stepping-stone for Behemoth as they finally finish their black metal to death metal cycle with great results.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Apocalyptic Raids
May 26th 2006


810 Comments


excellent album and excellent review.

probably my favourite Behemoth album.

Killtacular
May 26th 2006


1314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I hated Behemoth when I first heard a few songs on this, but I'm starting to like it more and more now that I've heard the whole album.

Slapping Penguin
May 26th 2006


18 Comments


Its Death Metal for the Epic Music lover in my opinion.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
May 26th 2006


15743 Comments


Ahhh Cathy, ALWAYS doing metal...

Pretty sweet.This Message Edited On 05.26.06

Neoteric
May 26th 2006


3243 Comments



Ahhh Cathy, ALWAYS doing death metal...
Actually it was thrash metal I always used to do but I'm getting more and more into death metal so expect more reviews from that genre.



Electric City
Staff Reviewer
May 26th 2006


15743 Comments


Bah, you changed your name to Frogs? I liked Cathedral better.

And I read your comment, fixed :-).

Neoteric
May 26th 2006


3243 Comments


when you have the same name for a year, you do get bored.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
May 26th 2006


15743 Comments


Yeah, I guess so. How do you change your name?

Also, I listened to the Behemoth songs that are in this review. The musicianship is tight, I especially like the double bass pounding, but lord those vocals kill it. This Message Edited On 05.26.06

Neoteric
May 26th 2006


3243 Comments



Yeah, I guess so. How do you change your name?

Also, I listened to the Behemoth songs that are in this review. The musicianship is tight, I especially like the double bass pounding, but lord those vocals kill it.
One sec, let me find the thread.

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showthread.php?t=363429 there but it usually takes a few weeks for the name to show up on Sputnik.This Message Edited On 05.26.06

Killtacular
May 26th 2006


1314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

[Quote=Grateful Dead]I think doubled is an understatement. Really good review, but the vocals are horrible.[/quote]
Of course they're horrible, it's death metal.

Also, seems like I remember reading somewhere that the vocalist uses 7 or 8 layers of vocals. It's very... evil sounding.

Neoteric
May 26th 2006


3243 Comments



8? Wow. And yes I know the vocals are supposed to be horrible (), I just mean they're not any good in addition to being grim as a cat on a hot grim kvlt.
I like the vocals but I'm just wierd.

masada
May 26th 2006


2733 Comments


I like the vocals.

The doubling gives it more depth, also.

Neoteric
May 26th 2006


3243 Comments


Correct-a-mundo

Shadows
Moderator
May 26th 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I like this.

Toaster
May 26th 2006


343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review, Cathedral/Frogs. Your avatar is rippage.

I love Nergal's voice. When I first bought the album I was a bit disappointed with it, but I've grown to love his way of grunting out the lyrics on this album. Check out Zos Kia Kultus if you want some awesome vocals from Nergal. A lot more screaming and a lot less layering.

Txus
May 27th 2006


75 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My favorite Behemoth album. Great review.

Apocalyptic Raids
May 27th 2006


810 Comments


I love the vocals, and I didn't realise you got a name change!

south_of_heaven 11
June 3rd 2006


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've made love to this album multiple times now.


diefamous
September 3rd 2006


281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Very nice review, and i agree

kalkal50
July 11th 2007


2386 Comments


I can't decide which Behemoth album I like moreThis Message Edited On 07.27.07



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