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A change, yes, but not a good one. - 85%

Krieger_gegen_Gott, June 30th, 2008

An Apostasy is an act that marks a departure, and this album is indeed a departure for Behemoth. Released in 2007, The Apostasy is less of a mix of black metal and death metal, and instead tries for more of a melodic brutal death sound. Nergal, the frontman and manager of Behemoth, as well as composer and arranger and all sorts of great stuff, has produced another solid album. But that's all it is, solid.

It's not that I don't like it. On the contrast, I enjoy some tracks on The Apostasy quite a bit. It's just that it doesn't stand out, on an absolute or a relative scale. Tracks such as Prometherion, Be Without Fear, and Kriegsphiosophie are great headbanger tracks, whereas Rome 64 C.E. and Slaying the Prophets ov Isa are more melodic, none of them have made it into the pantheon of classics.

So, why an 85? The school I attend has an 85% being an average grade; this is what the album is, average. Almost pathetically so, but not quite. Inner Sanctum is a great example of what redeems it.

So, onto the meat of the review:

Production (3/5):

The production is pretty standard for most modern bands, and that's what makes the production average as well. It lacks atmosphere, and it feels like it's a further departure than even Demigod. Everything is clear, so you can hear all of the instruments, but the double-bass sounds triggered; it may just be that, through an arbitrary notion, I can't stand thinking of a triggered Inferno, or it may just be the production.

Technicality (3.75/5):

Probably the above average part of this album. The best example of Behemoth's incredible musicianship is with Inferno's drumming. It is both fast, and flexible. The most necessary trait for a drummer is to be flexible. As for guitars, their work is solid, but it is definitely not up to par with earlier albums or classic albums. Nergal's vocal work is an impressive growl/shout, but it wears down quickly, and leaves you wanting more: which is supplied in Inner Sanctum.

Musicality (3/5):

A lot of rudiments from brutal death and technical death are heard here, mostly in the vein of Nile, and can be easily recognized. It's not to say that Behemoth is using pure stock footage here, but they are certainly using generic forms that aren't up to speed with Nergal's writing talent, something he has demonstrated again and again.

Overall Reception (3.25/5):

Solid, definitely something that you want in your collection for slower days and for some enjoyment. Good for people who are a bit wet behind the ears in the death metal genre, as it provides an excellent bridge into bands such as Nile, who share a certain sonic kinship with Behemoth.