Posts Tagged ‘Behemoth’

BEHEMOTH_-_Ov_Fire_And_The_Void_CDS_artworkI can’t believe that it has been three weeks since I saw Slayer, Lamb Of God, and Behemoth live in Boston. It was definitely one of the best shows of 2017 and it was one of those shows that packed a punch with every band on the bill. We have already covered an album from Slayer (Seasons In The Abyss) and Lamb Of God (Ashes Of The Wake) so it’s only fitting that we end this run by covering the first band on the bill Behemoth. In 2015, you the fans voted The Satanist the Extreme Metal album of the year and I covered the album for the album of the week. So now I had to look to the band’s catalog to cover an album that I hadn’t yet and I chose the band’s ninth studio album Evangelion which was released on August 7, 2009. The band was made up of Adam “Nergal” Darski  (Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar), Tomasz “Orion” Wróblewski (Bass Guitar), and Zbigniew Robert “Inferno” Promiński (Drums) with Patryk Dominik “Seth” Sztyber (Rhythm Guitar), and Krzysztof “Siegmar” Oloś (Vesania) (Keyboards and arrangements). The album peaked at number 55 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts and it went number one in their native Poland.

Behemoth-Evangelion-Trasera1.Daimonos– The album opens up with a hammering track that features some insane drumming in the beginning (and throughout) from Inferno. The band’s razor fast signature not let loose on the throat style with that death metal sound is showcased here. This could be a track about Sodom and Gomorrah, but they talk about Dionysus, the God of the grape harvest. 5/5

2. Shemhamforash– another hellblazer of a track that will rip your face off could be about a war in heaven or on Earth as the non believers of God take over the realm. The very word Shemhamforash used to mean something in Hebrew, but is usually refered to as the Anton LaVey version of Satan. 4/5

3. Ov Fire and The Void– I’ll let Nergal describe my favorite track live and on record as he says, “Whilst listening to the first demo versions of this track I had an irresistible feeling that every single tone is filled with overwhelming spirit of Dionysus; god of ecstatic chaos, source of pure joy which reaches far beyond false boundaries between good and evil, life and death, love and hate. Dionysian rave focuses entirely on Here and Now, experiential knowledge, intuition and passion. All of these are essential factors or components of any form of Art. The world governed by such virtues cannot be corrupted or repressed by an order which every culture or civilization tries to force on. In its nature it is much more primordial and pure. The same can be said about a creative chaos; it goes beyond any sort of intellectual analysis or speculation. It becomes released energy. Potential in action, never in inertia. Let us joy for we are as streams of lava erupting under our oceanic and cosmic Will.” 5/5

4. Transmigrating Beyond Realms ov Amenti– I believe the song is a metaphor for the fact that society is so engulfed by religion that we might as well be dead traveling through the river of the dead because our minds are closed to anything else. 4.5/5

behemoth-nb-23442-2-cd5. He Who Breeds Pestilence– The track starts off with some crows before a melodic riff of sorts opens up before the all out assault begins. The track is about someone who is sick and tired of everything life has to offer in terms of following God that he gives himself up to Baphomet. 4/5

6. The Seed ov I– There is a lot of refrences to Greek and Roman Mythology in this track like Acheron, the God of the Underworld and Lake Of Pain or Neptune, the Roman God of the Water. Not sure what it all means though. 4.5/5

7. Alas, Lord Is Upon Me– I feel like the track is about a renegade or fallen angel who is admitting to the fact that he has seen empires crumble and that he has seen the followers of God (Adonai) crumble while he too has failed to defeat God. The music for this track is absolutely amazing. 5/5

8. Defiling Morality ov Black God– Not sure what is going on lyrically, but this is one of those tracks where they put the pedal to the metal and they do not let go. 4/5

9. Lucifer– The last track on the album that is about guess who? I’m pretty sure you can figure that one out. It starts off very eerie in sound with a huge build up before the band comes in, but it has several tempo changes within it which make for an interesting track. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– If you want death metal taken to a whole new level then you check out these guys because they bring it. It’s a great sounding metal album that translates to the live setting as well. That is why I am giving the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

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lamb of godLast week, I went to an amazing concert in Boston, MA where I witnessed killer sets from all the bands on the bill which were Behemoth, Lamb Of God, and Slayer. Last week, I covered Slayer with Seasons In The Abyss and now this week we are moving on to cover an album from Lamb Of God. Lamb Of God was a band that was billed as part of the New Wave Of American Heavy Metal which also included bands like Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage, and many more. Lamb Of God was a little more special than most bands for the fact that they mixed in groove metal along with elements of metalcore and Thrash Metal making them the band that ultimately took over for Pantera. The band which is made up of Randy Blythe (Vocals), Mark Morton (Lead Guitar), Willie Adler (Rhythm Guitar), Chris Adler (Drums), and John Campbell (Bass). On August 31, 2004, the band would release their third studio album and their biggest to date at the time with Ashes Of The Wake which debuted at number 27 on the Billboard Top 200 selling 35,000 copies in it’s first week. The album is very political in nature where it raises awareness and targets the Iraq War which was happening at the time of the release. As of February 2016, the album has been certified Gold by the RIAA.

Lamb_Of_God-Ashes_Of_The_Wake-Trasera1.Laid To Rest– The lead single from the album and a hammering track that is able to take the elements of Metalcore and Groove metal and layer them together nicely. The track is about a murder victim who haunts his or her killer. 5/5

2. Hourglass– A hammering track from the get go that is unrelenting in a track that could be from a soldiers point of view as war is hell or it could be talking about the end of the world. 4.5/5

3. Now You’ve Got Something To Die For– A groove heavy track that is bad ass from beginning to end in a track that talks about our system and how we readily send kids to die in the middle east. 4.5/5

4. The Faded Line– A pummeling track that has hints of thrash in it’s DNA in a track that tackles the tough topic of drug addiction. 4/5

5. Omerta– The spoken word part of the beginning of this track is actual text from the actual Sicilian Omerta. A groove heavy track that is more or less about betrayal and not about the mafia. 5/5

6. Blood Of The Scribe– a blazing fast and hammering track that continues to showcase the bands love for thrash metal. 4/5

ashes-of-the-wake-4fad377ec839c7. One Gun– The band’s love for Pantera is evident in this one with the groove metal licks in a track about a sniper who has hit his target knowing that they’ll die a martyr. 4/5

8. Break You– a track that starts right off the bat and doesn’t stop kicking ass as we listen to lyrics that could be talking about a prisoner of sorts who dreams of revenge. 4.5/5

9. What I’ve Become– an interesting track that looks at a soldier who sees others that have been engulfed in war for way too long that you can see it in their faces and eyes. 4/5

10. Ashes Of The Wake– a powerful track which features former Marine Staff Sergeant Jimmy Massey and some audio clips of quotes layered into the track. The track features guitar solos from Alex Skolnick of Testament (second solo) and the legendary former Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland (third solo). 5/5

11. Remorse Is For The Dead– The last track on the record that starts with a very melodic intro before they launch into overdrive about a person who hasn’t lived life to the fullest yet, but life is too short to dwell on that. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This was honestly the first time that I actually sat down and listened to this album in it’s entirety. It was a very great experience that has me wanting to listen to more from the band that has been proudly flying the flag of metal for a very long time now. Check it out for yourself, I am giving the record 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

2017-headerFirst I want to start off by thanking everyone who took the time to vote in the tournament because after all, none of this is possible without your help. The first round of the 2017 Pedal To The Metal Tournament started off with a bang and some upsets along the way. The first division we are looking at is the Dio/Lemmy division which featured some cool match ups and was the late bloomer of the tournament meaning all of a sudden at the last minute, it blew up in votes. The first match up between Queensryche and Ghost seemed like a match that was pretty cut and dry with Ghost winning the match most of the time. Then all of a sudden out of nowhere, Queensryche fans show up and get the band the win by 11 votes. The match was between tournament first timers U.D.O. taking on tournament favorites Primal Fear and while Primal Fear always does it best to promote the tournament, unfortunately they never stood a chance against the legend as he won the match by 28 votes. The third match was much like the first match, it looked like for a while that maybe Saxon was going to pull off the win, but the former two time champions fans showed up when it counted and gave Judas Priest a come from behind win. Accept is one of those bands that you cannot take lightly because they have slayed some giants in their day and they did that in the first round beating last year’s runner up Iron Maiden by 44 votes.

megadeth-2016The trash metal division a.k.a. The Jeff Hanneman division is a very tricky one because you never know what direction fans will head in when the tournament starts. They have done that since day one with them voting the giants out of the tournament (Metallica is a constant victim of that). This year’s first round was a little different than usual with fans going in the direction you thought they would. Megadeth owned their first round match up against newcomers Sepultura winning by 12 votes. Slayer had similar luck as Megadeth beating Death Angel by ten votes setting up a mega match in the next round. The Exodus/Suicidal Tendencies match was a true toss up and that is what I loved about it. You couldn’t really choose a clear winner between the two, but you were fine with what ever result. It was a great match up as well as the voting went back and forth with several lead changes, but in the end Exodus gets to live another day. The last match up features the unlucky Metallica who I believe for the second or third time has now been ousted from the tournament in the first round and Testament did it in convincing fashion beating them by ten votes.

destruction-bandOne of my favorite divisions in the whole tournament is the Chuck Schuldiner division because of the fan participation that the division gets is second to none. Ever since I introduced it, it has been magic from the start and it’s produced our last two winners. Not much has changed as Destruction easily handled Entombed A.D. by a whopping 55 votes. The next match featured tournament newcomers Amon Amarth and Witchery as both were looking to make an impact. Unfortunately for one of them, only one can move on and Amon Amarth easily handled their opponent. The next match featured 2015 winner Kreator taking on newcomers Vader and for a while, it looked as if Vader was going to pull off the upset, but never count out Kreator and it’s fans as they brought the band back to a huge win. Death Metal legends Cannibal Corpse entered the tournament last year, made an impact from the start, and they are continuing it this year with a huge come from behind win against Blackened Death Metal legends Behemoth. That was a great match up that kept me on the edge of my seat.

233280The last division that we are going to talk about here is the brand new Metal To The Core division featuring Metalcore, Deathcore, Hardcore, and New Wave Of American Metal bands. This division is an absolute toss up because you don’t know what direction fans are going to be heading in. The first match up featured metalcore acts All That Remains and Upon A Burning Body go head to head. It was a match was heading in different directions as it looked like UABB was going to win, but in the end, All That Remains pulled it together and won. The next match featured New Wave Of American Metal flag bearers Lamb Of God take on Deathcore act Whitechapel in an epic match that was going back and forth. Like I said before, only one can move on and in the end Lamb Of God proved to be the mightier of the two. Trivium pulled off the win against Parkway Drive who led the match for most of the weekend and Killswitch Engage was able to hold off Suicide Silence. Check out the bracket below and get ready for the sweet sixteen.

2017 Bracket sweet sixteen

2017-headerIt is officially here, it is time for everyone’s favorite heavy metal march madness style tournament, the 2017 Pedal To The Metal Tournament. The division that we are looking at today has produced the last two Pedal To The Metal Tournament champions with Kreator winning in 2015 and Destruction winning in 2016. This is one of those divisions that we look forward to, but also have a hard time deciding who to choose to participate because there are so many great Extreme Metal, Black Metal, and Death Metal bands out there. I think we may have nailed it down and I think we have a great class this year. Defending champions Destruction have the task of trying to slay tournament mainstays Entombed A.D. in their first round match. Newcomers Amon Amarth and Witchery will have their first match ever in the tournament against each other. Former champions Kreator are looking to get back into the hunt, but they’ll have to defeat the mighty Vader if they look to do so. Tournament newcomers Behemoth are looking to make a statement this year and they’ll have to do so against Death Metal giants Cannibal Corpse. This is a first round that is going to be worth checking out to see if there’s any upsets or not. You have until March 18TH to vote.

destruction vs entombed

amon vs witchery

kreator vs vader

cannibal corpse vs behemoth

2017-headerIt’s the sixth annual Pedal To The Metal Tournament which has been constantly evolving from what it was in the beginning (an all 80’s rock/metal tourney) to what it is now where we check out the best of all metal that is current and active. Active is the key word in the sentence because in order to qualify for the tournament, you had to have either released an album within the last three to four years or are actively touring all the time. Two of the division have changed in which now the Ronnie James Dio division is now The Dio/Lemmy Division as the old Lemmy division changed to the Metal To The Core (play on Metal-core and Deathcore) division. That division features everyone from the New Wave Of American Heavy Metal to any active Metalcore or Deathcore acts. The tournament is going to kick off as usual because the tournament coincides with the actual March Madness Tourney except we’ve shortened a round and extended another one. The tournament begins March 17TH right here and goes all the way until April 4TH. Below you will the bracket for the tourney and all of the match ups that we have for you. As always, the matches were drawn from a hat so that the matches were totally random. There are some really interesting matches so it’ll be fun to see how you guys vote. Be ready to start voting on March 17TH!!!

2017-bracket

pedalIt’s that time of the year that I love because the March Madness tournament is right around the corner. Seven years ago, I started the Pedal To The Metal Tournament as a March Madness style tournament where you the fans decided who moved from round to round. This year is the sixth annual tournament (we skipped a year) and we are going to do something different this year. There are a couple of things that are being done different this year with one being that we eliminated rock bands from tournament and we replaced with metalcore and the New Wave Of American Metal bands and the second is that the final round will be longer due to the fact that I will not be around for five days (I will be at WrestleMania). The defending champions Destruction are back and they are ready to defend their championship against some familiar foes and some new bands as well. The other thing that is happening is that we are going to be starting the tournament a few days early than usual to coincide with what is happening. So you are probably wondering who is in the tournament and we have that answer for you and what division they are in. Coming soon is who each band will face in the first round so stay tuned for that.

Jeff Hanneman Division (Thrash Division)

-Megadeth

-Slayer

-Death Angel

-Testament

-Sepultura

-Suicidal Tendencies

-Exodus

-Metallica

Dio/Kilmister Division

– Judas Priest

-Saxon

-Iron Maiden

-U.D.O.

– Primal Fear

-Accept

-Ghost

-Queensryche

Chuck Schuldiner Division

-Entombed A.D.

-Destruction

-Kreator

-Cannibal Corpse

-Behemoth

-Vader

-Witchery

-Amon Amarth

Metal To The Core Division

– Killswitch Engage

-Trivium

-Upon A Burning Body

-Lamb Of God

-Whitechapel

-Suicide Silence

-All That Remains

-Parkway Drive

 

downloadOne of the brash and most unapologetic musicians in the world in Adam Darski a.k.a. Nergal of Polish Blackened Death Metal act Behemoth has some thing a little different that he is releasing to the world. While being in a folk/alternative/indie band may not be what fans of his imagined would be next, his newest project Me and That Man is something you just cannot pass up on. I have always been a big fan of the American Recordings of Johnny Cash, the mellower Danzig tracks, and I just discovered a love for Leonard Cohen and that is exactly what you get with Me and That Man and their new music video for the track Ain’t Much Loving. The video is mostly a performance based video whose visuals match the tone of the audio where it’s very mellow and dark. Nergal talked about the project to Noisey saying, “With Me and That Man, the songs just come out in a very organic way. One would be bluesy, one would be more of a ballad, but put together they all made sense. I need Me and That Man to keep the balance, as the potential of my mother band seems limitless. It gets bigger and bigger, more advanced and more sophisticated… and darker …and blacker, but Me and That Man is at the opposite pole, artistically speaking. With all the best art, once you have it in you, you have to release it, otherwise it becomes intoxicating and dangerous to your own system. This is how I deal with my emotions and my dark feelings and shadows. This is not happy music, but it’s liberating.” I think this is an album that everyone should check out on March 24TH when Songs Of Love And Death is released via Cooking Vinyl.