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Not a lot of Quality for Your Buck on This one - 60%

Shirt_Guy, February 23rd, 2009

There’s a lot of people who simply don’t like EPs, mainly due to the fact that they don’t feel like they’re getting a lot for their money. With seven songs at 27 minutes, there’s certainly a lot of bang for ones buck, especially for those people who simply can’t wait for a new Behemoth release.

For those of you who aren’t that familiar with Behemoth, they’re a Polish export specializing in an evolution from raw black metal into the black/death band they are today. The evolutionary steps can be tough on certain bands, as when a band is known for making a different album every time, they’re expected to continue evolving, which I think Behemoth stopped doing on their latest album, “The Apostasy”. The first four songs, “Chant for Ezkaton 2000 EV” (a re-recording of an older Behemoth song), “Qadosh” (a brand new song), “Jama Pekel” (a cover originally by Master’s Hammer) and “I’m not Jesus” (a cover by The Ramones) all seem like they’re newly recorded for the EP, with the final three songs on this EP being live.

Perhaps they were going for an older black metal sound, but the guitars are on the treble side, and difficult to hear under the insanely fast drums, although for some strange reasons, the toms sound as though they’re leather. At this point Behemoth is doing things in their typical style, with Infernos style of drumming (change-ups in blasting) and Nergal doing the signature harmonized high and low screams. The game it feels old hat though, and the cover songs aren’t adding anything, nor are they recorded great. The actual stand outs are the live songs, which can easily be heard, and allow the power to come off in a live environment (although capturing the audience reaction was difficult, as it’s usually said to be).

From a quantity standpoint, you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck, but on the other hand, you’re only getting one new song and two covers, and the rest may have already heard.

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