Behemoth
The Apostasy


4.0
excellent

Review

by diefamous USER (4 Reviews)
July 22nd, 2007 | 58 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While maybe not reaching the expectations of some, Behemoth releases a solid blackened death metal album with plenty of material worth the listen. While not being a simply mind blowing album, it is very consistent for what metal heads need, fuckin metal!

Poland's blackened death metallers have returned and brought us "The Apostasy", the highly anticipated follow up to there 2005 release of "Demigod". Behemoth fans have been going nuts over this release, watching the short videos of their progress on the album over the net on myspace. Better yet, they have taken a non-rotating slot in this years Ozzfest lineup, giving them a solid amount of tour dates in the states. With all this anticipation, could they release another album that drew them so much attention as their previous ones?

I'll be honest the first time I listened through the album I wasn't entirely convinced. I thought it sounded older like on Zos Kia Cultus with Demigod influences. The material didn't sound original in the sense that nothing seemed new or unexpecting. It was only until I listened to it at a much louder volume that I realized the amazing potential of this album. The opening track is pretty lame either way, but it jumps right into the second track "Slaying the Prophets Ov Isa", which enters with the raging Inferno on the trap set. The track is solid with some predictable but entertaining riffage. They add a chorus in the background which sounds excellent with the rest of the band, and the solo at the end is quite good right to the end, which brings us to "Prometherion". This track truly blew my mind. You may call it boring but I love it regardless. The track begins with an odd but catchy combo of power chords but instantly enters into the verse, presenting a very catchy and evil core sound to this song. The lead guitars go to town on the chorus showing a very melodic and powerful side to Behemoth any fan would go crazy over. It's that good. This song doesn't repeat itself too bad, which is a good thing because there is a lot more to be heard on this track and album than we are giving credit for.

I could go on talking about each track but that would be pointless and boring, so I'll review the sound in general. I really like what Nergal did with the vocals on this album. Demigod's multi-layered vocals were great but these are more like a cross between ZKC and Demigod, but they sound amazing nonetheless and they're easier to understand. The drumming is always good with Behemoth these days but they did a fine job on this album. Faster and crazier, and I'd easily say Inferno has done his best so far. The guitars are good as always, but again I push that a lot of it is predictable to the point where you thought you almost heard one like it on Demigod or ZKC, but I give it credit still for sounding amazing. Nergal changes the distortion of the guitars for every album, and honestly I thought they sounded better on Demigod but either way it usually ends up sounding brutal. The melody that these guys use on this album is what stands out most to me, especially Prometherion and Arcana Hereticae, which have come to be my two favorite tracks, followed up by the brutality of Libertheme.

Did this album hit the spot to where it will make people forget about Demigod? No way in hell, but this album has the potential that Demigod has. It may be just as good, or even better. I think that Behemoth has provided us with great metal music over the years, and there was no way they could let us down with a bad release. They didn't, they released yet again another solid death metal album that could seriously make its spot in anyone’s collection of cd's. Just give it a few listens through, and if that doesn't work, turn up the volume.

Tracks I recommend:
Prometherion
At the Left Hand Ov God
Arcana Hereticae
Libertheme



user ratings (916)
3.6
great
other reviews of this album
kalkal50 (3)
Behemoth take their influences further, while keeping their distorted assault intact, and what does ...

masscows (3)
Meh....


Comments:Add a Comment 
Confessed2005
July 22nd 2007


5166 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Average review. I'm still not sure about this; sometimes I really like it and feel as if I'm getting into it. Other times I dislike it a lot...



Eh, opinions are opinions.

OrganicPixel
July 22nd 2007


4 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Weak album. It's like wanting to bring down the metaphisics using your fists. And that s my opinion on all Behemoth albums exept From the Pagan Vastlands... and And the Forests Dream Eternally.

Pffff....

south_of_heaven 11
July 22nd 2007


5555 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey guys this isn't me.

kalkal50
July 22nd 2007


2386 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Decent review, but you haven't convinced me that this isn't sub-par. Sound like you were just really craving for metal when you wrote this review, but when you listen to this for the 20th time you realize that in the long run it just doesn't quench your thirst.

rattlehead42147
July 22nd 2007


1345 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

^exactly. i dont find the summary sentence strong, and the review makes this album sound like i'll have to listen to it 20 times to get a good listen.

kalkal50
July 22nd 2007


2386 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

For me the review is a bit awkward, as if the whole thing is good just when you turn the volume up; that has nothing to do with the actual music, so I felt like I was reading a guide on how to enjoy metal for some reason.

Shadows
Moderator
July 22nd 2007


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album deserves a downright positive review. It's no Demigod, but it's still a crushing Behemoth album, more technical than anything before it. My only complaints are that Nergal's voice sounds very weak and Warrel Dane could not have been a worse choice for guest singer.

blackened07
July 22nd 2007


949 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I agree.

OhMyGandhi
July 23rd 2007


101 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

123

diefamous
July 23rd 2007


281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You read my mind shadows, that's the only reason I really wrote this. I spent maybe 30 mintues on it. I'm sorry Kalkal but I believe this album does deserve much more than you are giving it credit for. I'm hoping my opinion can change a few minds and get more people to listen to this album. In my truthful opinion it is a great album by a great band.This Message Edited On 07.22.07

diefamous
July 23rd 2007


281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

...and I may add that volume has much to do with the music. If it isn't loud enough then you won't hear every instrument. That might just be bad production but it's the truth.

diefamous
July 23rd 2007


281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really I think you guys are just beating down the review because you want to support your opinion on the album. That's fine, but a positive review was absolutly necessary for this album. I say turn up the volume because I want to emphasize how much I enjoy the music. People will listen and will come to like, so let it be.

LifeInABox
July 23rd 2007


3709 Comments


Triple Post? There's an edit button you know.

diefamous
July 23rd 2007


281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, either way.

LifeInABox
July 23rd 2007


3709 Comments


Shadows post ftw over anything anyone says about the album. I still think this is as good as Demigod, though.

kalkal50
July 23rd 2007


2386 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Seriously, how could you like this album? Have you not listened to Left Hand ov God?

LifeInABox
July 23rd 2007


3709 Comments


You rated it a 3 so obviously you don't dislike it that much.

diefamous
July 23rd 2007


281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Left Hand ov God is a great song. The drums towards the end are quite good.

Tyler
Emeritus
July 23rd 2007


7927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

*Of

masscows
July 23rd 2007


2230 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Behemoth is obviously kvlt enough to use ov!



and holyshit coke actually gave this more than a 2.5?



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