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
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.
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
Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel
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