Behemoth
....From the Pagan Vastlands


5.0
classic

Review

by Sean H. CONTRIBUTOR (112 Reviews)
May 5th, 2017 | 26 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Just like a foreboding forest, ...From The Pagan Vastlands is ominous, dense, dark, and sinister. Meaning it's everything black metal should be.

The dark and brooding forest awaits you. The sky is only vaguely lit by the light of stars and a gray moon. You can barely make out the charcoal-shaded trees that await, eager to envelop around you. The cold wind blows around you, freezing you to your core and making the leaves and twigs tremble, as if they are afraid of what awaits them as well. Unfortunately, you cannot shake the feeling of anxiety that is fueled by the monolith of nature's crippling and dangerous majesty. One can not blame you though, as the unknown can make even the strongest of men quake in their boots, as if they are one of these light trees that frantically sways in the wind. You cannot stand here and wonder what awaits all night, as you feel compelled to enter these most threatening of woods. Although the reason is not clear to you, you know you must. Every fiber of your body knows that you must enter the forest and become one with the consuming, inky-black darkness.

The fog blocks out most of the light, leaving you stumbling in the dark, amongst these unforgiving trees, but you can just barely make your way. After quite sometime of aimlessly wandering, you find what you were looking for, even if you didn't realize it was what you were trying to find. You hear the sound of a strong gust of wind and the introduction of guitars, one preforming a heavy riff and a simple acoustic guitar strum. From then, you listen to the beautifully sinister sounds that fill the mighty trees with the sounds of true evil.

This is not what you were expecting to find. Nor is it what you were afraid of encountering, but it is peculiar There was no way to tell where this soundtrack is coming from, but you are more compelled than scared. What is it that attracts you so much" Is it the hectic nature of the songs" Is it the blood-curdling screams that sound as if a man is letting out his final shouts in his last moments" Is it the intensity of the drumming, which shakes and moves you to your very core" Or is it the shredding guitars that contrast the atmospheric elements" Whatever it is, it is gripping. No matter what part of you wants to leave this horribly frightening place, you cannot turn your back, as the sounds are too enthralling.

It is not clear where the songs begin and end, but they flow in a way that makes it feel like one large cohesive experience. You sit there and you wonder how long you have been listening. You could have sworn that it has been hours of hearing the ambiguous music, but, in reality, this event only takes place over the span of around thirty five minutes. The crows are fluttering about, as if foreshadowing some grave event, and filthy insects, the kinds of which would make most people revolt, are crawling all around your arms and legs. The thing is, you don't notice, as the thrill of the chaotic music has fully hypnotized you to the point of being one with the songs. The progression is fast and the sounds are dense and thick, surrounding you with the music of possibly Satan himself. A part of you knows you should be worried where the music is coming from, but you are too distracted to give it a second thought.

But the final song ends and you sit there contemplating what has just transpired. The events that have made themselves apparent to you in the form of this aggressive and insane music like you have never experienced before in your life. Reality comes back slowly and consciousness flows over you like a waterfall You realize where you are. You are horrified by what just happened and you run back to civilization before anything else catches you by surprise.

As you are brushing off grass, insects, and God knows what else, you think back to what happened back there. You think back to the sense of atmosphere created that perfectly fit the woods that you were caught in. You also think back to how every element truly fell into place. Mostly, you think about how dangerous and exciting it was. You want to experience it again, but, when you go back the next night, all is silent, excluding the crows, crickets, and strong gusts of wind that blow against the dark, sturdy trees. The petrifying songs do not come back, and they never do. You will always remember them, and you are dedicated to replicating the music you heard that night.

You accept that you will never find out where the music came from. You will never know it was carried away...



...from The Pagan Vastlands.



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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2017


2706 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listen to the album here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJRmoXh01Vg

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TVC15
May 5th 2017


9958 Comments


Ayyye

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Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2017


3304 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

dece record but grom >

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2017


2706 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Grom was cool.

Archelirion
May 5th 2017


5693 Comments


So is this Behemoth are their absolute kvltest?

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2017


2706 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yee

Archelirion
May 5th 2017


5693 Comments


Nice ^ ^
Review was interesting by the way. Went pretty ham on the imagery, but I guess I got a pretty good idea of the atmosphere so I won't complain. Needed a little tidying up on a couple of sentences (a few missing full stops, for example) but otherwise good job!

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2017


11687 Comments


Early bm Behemoth was quite awesome at times. Interesting review style...not my favorite kind, but it's different and pretty well written.

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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2017


2706 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys.

MoeWigglebottom
May 5th 2017


64 Comments


haven't listened to much behemoth but cool review dude

bbgames
May 5th 2017


546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sick

hansoloshotfirst
May 6th 2017


1322 Comments


sweet that this has a review. their early stuff tends to get overlooked

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Maco097
May 6th 2017


3029 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Standard stuff, but it's better than everything they do nowadays.

parksungjoon
May 7th 2017


9399 Comments


"Standard stuff, but it's better than everything they do nowadays."

in a world where the satanist was never released u might at least have a point

oh wait its maco

wow they havent banned u yet? sad

parksungjoon
May 7th 2017


9399 Comments


then again this site has always been a little lenient towards ignorant children so why am i surprised


good release, nowhere near a 5 though

Dedes
May 7th 2017


6403 Comments


The Satanist is a goddamn masterpiece in my eyes but hey to each their own

Dedes
May 7th 2017


6403 Comments


Take the high road Parksung leave his opinion be

Maco097
May 7th 2017


3029 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Naa let him be a retard, it's amusing to say the least.

Dedes
May 7th 2017


6403 Comments


Why can't we all be friendly

UndineParty
May 7th 2017


707 Comments


Their early stuff is bad too



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