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Brutalphilosophie - 70%

Klusterfukk, May 29th, 2007

The Apostsay is a very similar beast to Demigod. I'm surprised at how similar, considering the vast changes over their previous albums. It's not as dynamic but slightly more experimental with the add-on elements, such as keyboards/horns and choirs. Possibly even more death metal oriented here, they have shed almost all their black metal roots. Brutal aggression is the spirit of today's Behemoth. It's a very intense listen. So much so, at times you almost have to brace yourself to concentrate on the music or be overrun. This is not background music, it demands your attention.

The music is an aural landslide of technical riffs and inhuman drumming. Behemoth's interplay between guitars is always good, often playing different riffs to build a greater whole. They even have a strange way of sometimes "tricking" the listener, playing fast in slow parts and slow in fast pieces. Solos are present again but not as emotional as on Demigod. Going back to And the Forests Dream Eternally the bass played an important roll in Behemoth but as time went on it got pushed further into the background and that continues on The Apostsay. Inferno is one of the finest drummers around. He has great speed and uses frequent blast fills but always knows when a song needs to be pounded slowly. With only the kicks triggered this time the drums sound more powerful than ever. His performance alone makes the album worth listening to. Nergal's vocals are pure death metal growls now, often sounding like the Polish cousin of Deicide's Glen Benton. Fortunately he's learned from the mistakes on Demigod and disposed of the muddy vocal layering, using it sparingly he's much more clear. The addition of choirs was an excellent decision and only enhances the lyrical stance.

Anyone who has followed Behemoth from the beginning have heard them progress as musicians at an alarming rate from album to album, but they have lost some of their uniqueness from their creative peak of Thelema.6 and Satanica. On occasion they slip into generic death metal mode with The Apostsay, bringing to mind bands like Immolation or Incantation. The influence of Nile can be heard as well. But fear not, Behemoth dominates such bands with ease.

The only song on the album I didn't enjoy was Inner Sanctum because of the vocals. Warrel Dane from Nevermore does some clean vocals which just doesn't fit. His style very annoying and abrasive. It also has extensive spoken word pieces which remind me of the Aresius character from Rhapsody. "World famous" Polish jazz pianist Leszek Mozdzer (I don't listen to jazz.) also guests on the track, playing a very creepy intro. He is underutilized though, I suspect it's the most simple thing he has ever played. He appears later in the song as well but is crushed under the Behemoth sound.

The Apostasy is good but not great. Better than many other bands without a doubt but Behemoth have already set very high standards for themselves. Unfortunately The Apostasy must be judged against their past they have many albums that outrank it, both old and new.