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They just keep 'em comin' - 95%

Tongues11, September 30th, 2007

Since the release of their groundbreaking Satanica, it’s only been upwards for these Polish masters of blackened death metal. Album after album they’ve set new standards and then surpassed them, again and again and this is no different with their latest creation, The Apostasy. The band has a reputation for the violence and intensity of their music. They’re probably the heaviest act in metal history yet and this album truly demonstrates this.

The Apostasy is everything we love about Behemoth, crazy fast riffs by the pound, skull-shattering drums and growls that would make the devil run away his tail between his legs. It’s blackened death metal in its purest, heaviest form. This band, actually, seems to be the only one who tried and merge black and death metal without failing miserably. The perfect combination of the harshness and speed of death metal and the melody of black metal gives Behemoth a unique sound and unequaled intensity. With The Apostasy, the formation delivers a nearly flawless album with performances by artists at the top of their game. On the album, you’ll first realize that Nergal has returned to a more “articulate” growl, straying from his performance on Demigod where it was almost impossible to understand what he was screaming without having the lyrics handy. This change adds to the intensity of the album and helps into creating an overall crisper sound. Same goes with the drums, which sound extremely organic and natural, definitely not synthesized. You can tell they wanted to recreate a purer, rawer atmosphere for this album, like they had on Zos Kia Cultus and Thelema.6 with the exception that this time, their budget allowed a much nicer production quality.

Inferno, as always, gives a tight, intense and dismembering performance. He maybe not the most technical drummer out there but his violent, fast-paced style his a must for the Behemoth sound. Nergal’s riffs are catchy, mean and original, with some short and unexpected solos. All in all, it’s what everyone could expect from the band. Behemoth is a very technical and talented band, but their talent lies not in being guitar heroes, drum gods and masters of innovation, it’s the overall sound that makes this band the beast that it is. Behemoth is all about the violence. It’s the ultimate mosh pit, headbang, scream out of you lungs music. All songs on The Apostasy, with no exception, deliver so much energy, so much intensity, that it could be difficult for some to listen to this album in one sitting. Also, there’s a new element in the band’s musicality, unlike previous albums, there is something somewhat epic about The Apostasy which was not present in their previous release. This addition to the band’s personality and musicality sends The Apostasy to a higher level than their previous releases, giving the listener more than just the well-known intensity and hatred. All in all, this is their best work yet, and his truly worth a place in this year’s top 10.