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Behemoth: Demigod

"Gulp..."

That was my first reaction after hearing the latest from Poland's death metal merchants Behemoth. Demigod is as brutal as you can get folks, plain and simple. With huge, crushing guitar riffs that are fast, furious, heavy, and technical, as well as blood curdling vocals, this is not music to be taken lightly, nor is it for the faint of heart.

If the guitar riffs to the brutal title track aren't enough to sell you , then I don't know what else is. This band goes for your jugular, and has every intention of ripping your neck to pieces and feasting on your vital remains. There's no doubting the musical capabilities of drummer Inferno, guitarist/vocalist Nergal, guitarist Seth, and bassist Orion. Listen to the complex riffery of "Conquer All", the doomy death-metal stomp of "The Nephilim Rising" or the epic sounds of "The Reign ov Shemsu-Hor" (a symphonic yet doomy slice of masterful progressive death metal) for perfect examples of what this extreme outfit are capable of. Vocally, depending on your preference, there's lots of grunts and growls, which perfectly suit the music, although for some that might get tiresome after a while. There's some neat male choir harmonies on the brutal "Sculpting The Throne ov Seth " which help add a little variety, but overall as long as you don't mind the scary growls there's plenty of meaty riffs and some tasty lead work all over this CD.

This is massive stuff here (get it...Behemoth, massive...whatever), and Demigod is certain to be an extreme metal album that will be hard to top in 2005. File under menacing and brutal with lots of potential.


Track Listing
1. Sculpting The Throne ov Seth
2. Demigod
3. Conquer All
4. The Nephilim Rising
5. Towards Babylon
6. Before Aeons Came
7. Mysterium Coniunctionis (Hermanubis)
8. XUL
9. Slaves Shall Serve
10. The Reign ov Shemsu-Hor
11. Conquer All - Bonus Video Track

Added: March 31st 2005
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Score:
Related Link: Behemoth's Website
Hits: 1893
Language: english

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Behemoth: Demigod
Posted by Ken Pierce, SoT Staff Writer on 2005-03-31 18:27:40
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Proving themselves that they are a force to be reckoned with in the genre of Death Metal music comes Krakow Poland's own Behemoth. The release of Demigod on Olympic Recordings (a subsidiary of Century Media Records) is a pummeling assault to all of the senses in the most brutal of fashions. The difference between Behemoth and other purveyors of the genre is apparent right off the bat. The band lays down the power as soon as the CD begins for the band holds a stark difference to many others in the technical precision department. What I heard on the CD has yet to be matched and clearly they are out to raise the bar on the Death style as much as Dimmu Borgir has
raised the expectations of those who follow the Black Metal stuff. Most impressive to me was the intense drumming by Inferno. He holds the record in my book on faster double-bass drums recorded if you ask me. I think he even is faster than the mighty Dave Lombardo of Slayer. Nergal growls with the best of them about the Dark Gods they follow and it is definitely a bleak world they sing of, yet one expects that in Death Metal after all. The lineup on the CD is rounded out by Orion on bass, and Seth on guitar.

To time it, the record will speed by you faster than you might expect, running a mere ten songs with the longest number being the last (which runs over 8 minutes while others are topped at 3.30). I had some immediate favorites in the thunder and these were perhaps "Demigod", "Conquer All" and "The Reign" (I am a sucker for epics be they Death or anything else).

The CD is a close replica to what you will see live in concert, and I advise fans of the music to check the band out live if they make a visit. They really do the stuff as fast in concert if not faster. You will quickly be taken by their presence and foreboding power. Enjoy, if you dare.




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