Posts Tagged ‘Zbigniew Robert “Inferno” Promiński’

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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2014 may have been one of the biggest years in the history of Behemoth who released what many are calling the metal album of the year in the album The Satanist which also took home The Monster Entertainment Award for Heavy Ass Metal Album Of The Year at the 4TH Annual Monster Entertainment Awards. Many believed it was a resurgence that was well deserved for the Polish Blackened Death Metal act, but that is not all. The band released astonishing music videos that were just visually captivating for Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel and Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer that were just as visually disturbing if you are a die hard Christian. Now the band has returned once more with another visually stunning music video for the track Messe Noire which is also off of The Satanist and it’s just as visually disturbing. The band chose director Zev Deans to helm the video for Messe Noire after seeing what he had done for Portal and their video for Curtain. The primary subject matter for the video is one of the oldest stories in history that has always captivated people as it tells the story of Lucifer’s decent from Heaven and into hell. Behemoth frontman and cancer survivor Nergal tells the story of why he chose Deans, “It was actually our drummer Inferno’s idea to use Zev Deans. He showed me a Portal video that literally blew my f—in’ mind! For a long time we’ve attempted to reach a new ground and artistically leave the comfort zone. The Satanist is THE record that challenges us on so many levels… and here we are, exploring new grounds with a video producer who is a genuine visionary! ‘Messe Noire’ video surely adds new quality to our art and makes it even more transcendental… I am proud!” Zev Deans adds to the convo saying, “The story of Lucifer’s fall, followed by his defiant rebirth, reminds me of Nergal’s own personal struggles of recent years. Like Lucifer, Behemoth has recovered from hardship, and they are stronger than ever. With ‘Messe Noire,’ I was lucky enough to work with some of the most talented people in the genre. I owe the success of this project to the intense SACRIFICE that Sharon and the rest of team gave to this work.” Check out the video below and pick up the album if you haven’t already done so.

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.