Artist: Behemoth 
   Title: The Satanist
   Label: Nuclear Blast

Behemoth have had their fair share of misfortunes to deal with over the past few years.  Front man/guitarist Nergal was diagnosed with advanced Leukemia back in 2010 and underwent a bone marrow transplant that resulted in the band canceling all tours and festivals performances.  After Nergalís recovery, Behemoth was up and running once again but tour plans in 2013 were halted when drummer Inferno required surgery.  In May last year it was announced that a new album was in the works and in 2014, five years since their last studio outing, Behemoth drops the bombshell of an album that is 'The Satanist'.

Right from the opening track 'Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel', this album grabs you right by the throat with its sheer brutal intensity and does not let go.  Behemoth really kick it up a gear with 'Messe Noire' which boats spectacular melodies and powerful guitar solos whist retaining its heaviness.  The title track is haunting, sinister and atmospheric with furiously played riffs whilst Ben Sahar plays on the threshold of complete chaos.  'O Father O Satan O Sun' is eerie, majestic and is without a doubt the highlight of the record.  The riffs and feel are nothing short of genius and this is a fitting way to end a spectacular album. 

What I like about 'The Satanist' is that it is not just another typical death metal record where the band plays as fast as possible on maximum volume (not that there is anything wrong with this).  Behemoth play on the fringes of black metal and there are a lot of different textures and dynamics within music.  Every song is unique and has something to offer on this masterpiece.  'The Satanist' was certainly worth a five year wait and it yet another contender for my album of the year.

Review by: Rob Herald

Tracklisting:

1. Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel
2. Furor Divinus
3. Messe Noire
4. Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer
5. Amen
6. The Satanist
7. Ben Sahar
8. In the Absence ov Light 
9. O Father O Satan O Sun

 

 

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