MetalBite Review by Chris on 2/7/2014
I'll be the first one to admit that after listening to a single 'Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel' for a very first time I had mixed feelings about Behemoth
's upcoming offering. I doubted the sound, tempo and overall direction of the band. As a single track it confused and scared me but at this same time I knew it was also taken out of context and it didn't paint the full picture of the album. At least that's what I was telling myself… All this was quickly put to rest after listening to the full album where everything started to fall or more like tumble into place and make one cohesive piece.
I really didn't want to bring Nergal's encounter with leukemia into this review but something along those 5 years since 'Evangelion
' had to give. Many people though that in such tough times Nergal might convert, find god but instead he came out even more black and more dedicated in ruthless spreading of his visions and believes than ever before. With 'The Satanist
takes a sharp turn from its death metal path and turns into an epic and majestic vein of black metal. Coincidence? I don't think so. Behemoth
has realized that most powerful message is not only delivered with blast-beats and overcomplicated layers of sound… but by simplifying and slowing down they were able to deliver the most dynamic and personal, read evil, record yet. One main ingredient that makes such a difference is passion. I never doubted it on previous releases but this time it's so evident that it almost feels like we deal with a new breed of Behemoth
, second coming if you will. From as always world class drumming through dynamic solos, thunderous bass lines and best vocal performance that not only ranges from roars to spoken words but is delivered with such conviction that gives 'The Satanist
' breathtaking energy, we deal with something very pure and organic that is missing in todays over-compressed world.
The power and energy exuding from this record is overwhelming and what's most astounding is that Behemoth
accomplished that by simplifying and letting its music breath. Layered but spacious structures create perspective of controlled chaos almost impossible to tame with its blasphemous message. From the opener to my new evil anthem 'O Father O Satan O Sun!' I find myself drawn into darkness led by Behemoth
's dark master. 'The Satanist
' is without a doubt Behemoth
's most passionate, complex in its simplicity and powerful record to date. I call it an epic blasphemy!
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 9 out of 10