Behemoth – Evangelion


Artist

Album

Evangelion

Label

Riot

Year

2009

For Fans Of

Vader – Marduk - Nile

Summary

Christians to the lions...

Rating

90 / 100

A Behemoth is the term used to describe a large and most powerful being, as it was described in the book of Job.  Never has a band name been so fitting than when associated to a Polish Black Metal band, which since forming in 1991 have played an essential role in establishing the underground extreme metal scene.  Evangelion marks Behemoths 9th studio release.  

 

Sonically, this is the most clear and concise sounding Behemoth album to date by a nautical mile.  All the components of the music blend extremely well with not instrument drawing more attention than the others, which is a hard feat to accomplish now.  Colin Richardson, as expected, has done a remarkable job of mixing the album complementing the band perfectly. 

 

Not a great deal has changed since their acclaimed predecessor, The Apostasy, which is not surprising bearing in mind that Frontman and last remaining founder member Nergal is responsible for composing all of the bands material.  The arrangements are of a similar fashion to those found on previous albums, but harbor an increased ferocity towards Christianity as a religion.  This can followed through the song titles, tying in with the artwork which displays the whore of Babylon, and the seven commandments broken before her feet. 

 

There are no punches pulled on Evangelion, no cheap break downs or weird mosh sections, just eerie evil as all fuck riffs and drum fills.  The heaviness captured on the album cannot be encompassed in words, and needs to be heard to understand a musician so driven by his beliefs the final outcome is incomparable.  Listen to Alas, Lord is upon me a few times and try not to be overwhelmed.  

Conclusion

Blackened death at its best, a fresh listen in an oversatured world of “heavy” music.

Tracklisting

01. Daimonos

02. Shemaforash

03. Ov Fire And The Void

04. Transmigrating Beyond Realms Ov Amenti

05. He Who Breeds Pestilence

06. The Seed Ov I

07. Alas, Lord Is Upon Me

08. Defiling Morality Ov Black God

09. Lucifer

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