Posts Tagged ‘Amen’

Behemoth_TheSatanist_coverartBack when I was doing the 4TH Annual Monster Entertainment Awards and deciding the nominees for best metal album and I noticed that there was way too many bands to list, Some of them were so different on the spectrum of metal that I had to create a whole new category to do the awards justice. I created the Heavy Ass Metal Album Of The Year award and the winner of that award was not a shock to me as Behemoths first album since 2009 received a lot of critical acclaim. The band’s tenth album and first since 2009’s Evangelion is called The Satanist and it was released on February 3, 2014. It was an important record for fans of the band considering it’s lead singer and guitarist Adam “Nergal” Darski had just survived treatments for leukumia. The rest of the band which features Tomasz “Orion” Wróblewsk (Bass) and Zbigniew Robert “Inferno” Promiński round out the rest of the band with Patryk Dominik “Seth” Sztyber providing some extra guitar work for the album. The album received a lot of acclaim as it peaked at number 34 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts, number 4 on the UK Rock and Metal Charts, number one in Poland of course. The imagery associated with this band is enough to scare the bejesus out of Joel Osteen and who ever else in the evangelist world.

behemoth-the-satanist-gatefold-lp1. Blow On Your Trumpets Gabriel– If your into religion then do no read the lyrics to this track which describes a series of events as seen through the eyes of Satan like the birth of Christ, etc. It also explores the idea of whether or not God exists because whenever Gabriel blows his horn, God is coming to Earth to eradicate evil and according to the narrator that hasn’t happened yet questioning both of their existence (God and The Devil). The music is just straight up in your face metal with hammering bass riffs and Nergal’s signature roar with some double bass fury.  4/5

2. Furor Divinus– The track has that in your face, blastbeat death metal assault that sounds like chaos in a track. 4/5

3. Messe Noir– This track sees the band mix the elements of extreme metal with their Blackened Death Metal sound with the narrator proclaiming his allegiance to Satan and the Anti-Christ who will save the world from the lies spawned forth by believers of Christ (I’m not 100% sure on translation). 4/5

4. Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer– when commenting about the video they describe it and the track as, “Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer’ is the antimony of a fallen protagonist, torn between the holy and murderous, possessing both power and fragility, a being abrupt and render at the same time, contradictory on the innermost level… yet complementary. My progatonis is the pendulum swinging between these extremes – unceasingly propelled by the powers they release, harvesting the momentum of their jolly dances. Lack of inner drama, lack of inhibition against falling in love with the volatile relieves me from consistency and allows an obliteration of extablished moral and social behavior patters. E viva l’arte! Viva Blasfemia!” Ora Pro Nobis means Pray For Us so you can pretty much figure out the rest as to what they are talking about. The track sees the band reverting back to a more metal sound in this track with those blasting double bass beats. 4/5

5. Amen– The song starts off by insulting the Hail Mary prayer with it’s death metal all out assault with the blast beats once again and face melting guitar riffs. 4/5

Behemoth_MB_22716. The Satanist– The title track which has a very classic demonic metal flare to it with some amazing playing from the band as the track is ominous and dark. This is probably musically my favorite track on the record. 4/5

7. Ben Sahar– This track is not about the soccer player from Israel obviously and the track is very dark with some bad ass bass playing mixed with some elements of black metal mixed in there that remind me of Immortal. 4/5

8. In the Absence ov Light– This track seems to deal with the ever impending doom that all mankind will face as the narrator in the track is asking for it to come and the explosion of death metal madness comes right through your speakers. 4/5

9. O Father O Satan O Sun!– This is the last track on the record that has a chorus that would make Amon Amarth jealous and a killer bass line. Musically it’s one of my favorite tracks on the record with it’s epic metal feel. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– I will admit that I am not a big fan of Behemoth or have I claimed to be, but considering they won the award for Heavy Ass Metal Album of the year, I was going to review it as I am the rock album and metal album of the year. If you’re into the imagery of the lyrics then this is an album for you and I am not one to denounce a band or take away their creative freedom as to what their subject matter is. As a fan of Black Metal and some Death Metal, I can say however that the album was very enjoyable to listen to musically. I am going to give the record 4 stars out of five for a final grade.