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- The Satanist by Behemoth
10/10 Elliot Carey Customer review, 13th July 2014
The extreme metal genre has grown into a state of great worth in the music industry since the mid 90's until now. The only problem with this is, more and more extreme metal bands are forming except there doesn't seem to be anything new appearing. These bands immerse themselves in the culture behind their music, the dark dwelling in the lyrics and the almost religious cult following that forms from the genre's music, yet they don't seem to ever prevail and do something 'different'. Behemoth are one of these bands, except they are elite, they have true honour for their genre and their beliefs and they are always one step ahead of all other bands in the genre. Behemoth vocalist Adam Darski (Nergal) has true pride in his beliefs, that there is no god and that no one should worship but live free and not judge others. This notion gets twisted between belief and ancient methods of satanism and old teachings and churns out in every second of this heavy album. The title 'The Satanist' is blunt and to the point, it leaves no room for questioning and it forces you to listen to what it has to hide. The intro 'Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel' is full on, mixing classic black metal riffs with unique sounds and modern metal forces. It sets the rest of the album up perfectly, each song after changes with great power, extracting emotions and filling you with utter musical glory. The first time I sat down and listened through this album I felt like I wasn't breathing, like the music was controlling me. Every second is perfect, true and heavier than ever. I truly believe that this album has an arrogance that can out state religion, there is so much artistic mentality stitched into the performance of the music and so much pain, so much glory so much anguish. It truly is a relic in it's self. One of the best extreme metal bands I have ever heard and this album is the bible that explains why. This album shows you that extreme metal is not dead, and as long as Behemoth are here, it will live.
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