Album Review: Behemoth “The Satanist”

Behemoth - The Satanist

Behemoth – The Satanist
Release Date : February 3rd, 2014
Label: Nuclear Blast in Europe, Metal Blade in the US

Behemoth is a Polish extreme black metal band from Gdańsk, formed in 1991. The Satanist is their tenth studio album to be released February 3rd, 2014. Due to several illnesses in the band, this album has been long awaited; they have not released a studio album since 2009’s Evangelion.

Zbigniew “Inferno” Promiński’s drumming starts out slow on the intro track Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel but builds to a very frenetic pace, leading me to believe Inferno is a very underrated drummer. The music video that was released for this song to build up anticipation for the album release is very dark, but is a great introduction to what you’re going to get on this album.

Adam “Nergal” Darski is on vocals (and also the main lyricist on this album). His raw and primal growls portray his disobedience to the ways of generalized society; challenging the listener to think for themselves. Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer tries to bring to light how misunderstood Satan is in most peoples eyes; Nergal was raised as a Catholic and doesn’t believe there is any truth to the common misgivings about Satan.

A couple other notable mentions, the title track The Satanist along with Furor Divinus, are mosh pit inducing; Patryk “Seth” Sztyber has some heavy hitting riffs that are bound to get the crowd going. Messe Noire also has a pretty ripping solo near the end that had me getting my air guitar out. The ending track O Father O Satan O Sun! is in my eyes a stunning ending, but also left me wishing it wasn’t finished.

This album continues in the Behemoth tradition of pushing the boundaries, but if you’re a fan of the Black Metal genre as I am; it is thoroughly enjoyable.

“The Satanist” tracklisting:

01. Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel
02. Furor Divinus
03. Messe Noire
04. Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer
05. Amen
06. The Satanist
07. Ben Sahar
08. In the Absence ov Light
09. O Father O Satan O Sun!

Jessifer’s Rating: 8/10


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