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These were the days.... - 95%

Varcolac, June 2nd, 2004

How i wish Behemoth were still like this. Good old black metal, no fancy ideas about progression or whatever, just a cold and grim atmosphere that chills you to the bone.
I can't say i'm a fan of modern day Behemoth - when BM bands go DM it usually ends up as a diluted take on DM, often coming second place to "proper" DM bands due to some kind of crossover mentality. How else can i describe this phenomenon? I'm a purist i guess.
Anyway, This EP is worth it for "Pure Evil And Hate" alone, it says something in the sleeve notes about being a tribute to Bathory and defianately has that feel to it (first 3 albums Bathory that is). This is one of my favourite songs of all time and a classic piece of raw Black Metal - a real headbanger, full speed ahead! The other songs are great and will be adored by the old school BM fan who is into the early 90s stuff from northern Europe.