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The Behexen/Satanic Warmaster split album is a strange thing. Two fantastic purist black metal bands come together to form one 4-track masterpiece. But it is not without its flaws. The album starts off with Behexen's "Mouth Of Leviathan". The track is a beautiful chaotic intertwining of heavy chordal work and insane tremolo picking complemented perfectly by Hoath Torag's masterful vocals. As he screeches and screams, you can feel the power of Behexen's message of the song, a story of the great beast Leviathan swallowing whole the foes of the Nordic heroes of old. Next is "Where The Devil Spoke", a less spectacular track, but still a great song. Particularily, the percussion work by Horns brings to life a raw melody that pounds your eardrums with unrelenting force. Both tracks are utterly beautiful examples of great black metal. The Finnish band Behexen demonstrates perfectly what Satanic black metal really is.
Next is the Finnish BM outfit Satanic Warmaster, whose name, let's be honest, is a little corny. Their music, however, is most certainly not. Their half of the album begins with "Where Eternity Awaits", and it is too a beautiful harmony of Satanic Tyrant Werewolf's astounding vocal ability and decent musical work. The underlying riff through most of the song is simple, heavy, and very complimenting to the rest of the song. "The Burning Eyes Of The Werewolf" reminds me of early Dissection, with its symphonic intro and fast but steady guitar and drum playing. The vocals on this track are also good, and it does a good job of closing out the album.
In short, if you want a beautiful demonstration of modern purist black metal, listen to this 4-track masterpiece on full volume, and you will surely appreciate the work of both bands. Personally, I think Behexen's two songs were better, but not a single second of this album fails to disappoint.