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Review: Behexen - By the Blessing of Satan
By the Blessing of Satan

Label: Woodcut Records
Year released: 2004
Duration: 47:27
Tracks: 7
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: September 9, 2006
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
By the Blessing of Satan

Rated 4.23/5 (84.67%) (30 Votes)

Ever get this feeling, just from looking at the cover art of an album, that you won't be disappointed? This album gave me that impression and not only does it not disappoint, it exceeded all expectations. This is no-frills Black Metal just the way I like it: Very raw but still reasonably well-produced, violent with a destructive atmosphere from beginning to end. The vocals alone sound like they're coming from the depths of hell, and the music is like being run over by a train. The style here is rather old school, mixing a lot of influences, namely some early Marduk, Darkthrone and more recent Carpathian Forest for a little bit of "Black 'n Roll" passages here and there.

With 7 songs clocking in at nearly 48 minutes, one would expect some filler but no, there's not a boring moment here and makes you wish the album wouldn't be over so soon - it doesn't feel like 48 minutes. Overall the album is fast-paced although it does slow down here and there for a moment of slow, crushing aural torture. This is what I'd consider a safe blind purchase. Recommended if you like your Black Metal raw, violent and unpolished.

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