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Behemoth- The Satanist (2014 Metal Blade Records)

Behemoth- The Satanist
Behemoth- The Satanist
Metal Blade Records

Behemoth- The Satanist

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The machine that is Behemoth is back after a lengthy hiatus in between albums. This time away has raised the anticipation for the bands return. Most bands ride the momentum after a critically acclaimed album , 2009′s “Evangelion”. The band saw setbacks when heath issues with Nergal forced the vocalist/ guitar player to focus on his health. Nergal has since overcome his health issues and Behemoth are back and better than ever.

Behemoth have always been labeled Black or Death Metal. Whatever they are extreme at it’s finest. There will always be controversy associated with the “black” metal label from when the genre started gaining attention in the 90′s. Behemoth have always been good with their expression of art and theatrics from their outfits to their stage shows. Like they say all the time, there is no such thing as bad publicity. Fast forward to 2014, the band has come racing back with their tenth studio album “The Satanist” From the very start of the album, there is a dark yet somber felling that pours through the speakers. there are many layers here, that can only be appreciated after a few listens. You can hear Nergal’s pain, and what he has gone through to get to this point, throughout the music and his voice. Behemoth get tighter and tighter with each album, and “The Satanist” is no exception. When you consider that it has been almost five years since the bands last offering, this album is simply amazing.The atmospheric mood and elements behind some brutal music makes for a killer album.Knowing this was back to the spotlight for the band , each member has stepped it up on “The Satanist”.

Overall I give “The Satanist” a 8 out of 10. The album starts off with “Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel”, which is a slow build into the mayhem that follows. Fitting that Gabriel would blow his horn to warn of the comeback of Behemoth. The other tracks that really stand out to me are the second track “Furor Divinus” which waste no time pummeling the ears.”Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer”, is the track that best completes the group as a hole. Everything is on the money here, monster guitars,crushing bass, and pummeling drums. This song encompasses what Behemoth is in five minutes 35 seconds. Quality release after release has catapulted Behemoth into the ranks of other heavy hitters in the genre such as Dimmu Borgir and Satyricon. My advice for all you “Satanists” out there is to get this album as soon as you can get your evil little hands on it. Remember, horns up and play this mutha loud.

Tracklist:

1- Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel

2- Furor Divinus

3- Messe Noire

4- Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer

5- Amen

6- The Satanist

7- Ben Sahar

8- In the Absence ov Light

9- O Father O Satan O Sun!

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