Posts Tagged ‘Lucifer’

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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The prophecyIn the horror genre, religion had always played a big part whether it be films about possessions and exorcisms to the idea of a haunting spirit that is devilish in nature and even films about the antichrist. In 1995, First Look International released a new kind of take on religion as The Prophecy focused on the war between the angels. Elias Koteas (Gattaca) plays Thomas Dagget, a man who once tried to be a priest, but after losing a little faith became a police officer instead. One day after an encounter with an angel named Simon (Eric Stoltz), his knowledge and faith will be once again tested when he realizes that he is now in the middle of a war between the angels as Gabriel (Christopher Walken) is here to collect on a soul that is so evil that it could win the war for him. The other problem is that Simon hid the soul in a little girl and now it’s up to Thomas to try and protect her from Gabriel. The film also stars Virginia Madsen (Candyman) as Katherine, Viggo Mortensen (Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III) as Lucifer, Amanda Plummer (Pulp Fiction) as Rachel, Adam Goldberg (Dazed And Confused) as Jerry, Moriah Shining Dove Snyder (The Brady Bunch Movie) as Mary, Steve Hytner (Face/OfGregory Widenf) as Joseph, and the film was directed by Gregory Widen (Backdraft).

prophecyOne thing that I have to say about this film is that it does contain some incredible imagery within it like one vision that Thomas and Katherine are given during the film of the war and it’s casualties in Heaven. Some of you may be wondering how Christopher Walken did as the archangel Gabriel and if you know Walken then you obviously know what to expect. He was definitely cunning, witty, and he has that swagger he has had for a long time now. One thing that I do have to say is that Viggo Mortensen’s performance is Shakespearean like as he portrayed the fallen angel known as Lucifer who has a stake in the war. Viggo portrayed Lucifer to a T where he is sly, elusive, and deceiving where he can sway you into making the wrong choice which was amazing. The acting overall in the film was pretty good as you got the performances you wanted and expected from the stars in the film. Some of the scenic shots were pretty cool as well as the overall cinematography. Even though the 90’s were criticized for now being a great decade for horror, it definitely had it’s own distinct look and feel that was different from others. You can truly find a lot of gems in the horror genre from the 90’s and I would have to consider this one of them because it was different from what was being put out at the time. I really liked the film and I think everyone should give this one a shot as it’ available to watch right now on Netflix. I am going to give this film an B+ for a final grade.