|Review: Behemoth - The Apostasy|
Label: Regain Records
Year released: 2007
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: July 20, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Rated 4.14/5 (82.86%) (28 Votes)
Behemoth are a bit of a weird one for me personally. Although I enjoy all periods of their musical career and own all their albums, I was always seemingly purchasing each new release in turn waiting to be blown away, but always ended up coming away quite a few steps away from 100% satisfaction. Whether that is down to the fact that I was slightly keener on their 'troo grim kult' early days as opposed to their uber-polished Nile worshipping of the past decade or so, or the fact that by the time I'd actually discovered them, their 'troo grim kult' days were just ending, just as I was getting into their early style. Anyhow, whatever the reason, upon playing 'The Apostasy' for the first time, something has (finally!) truly clicked into place, like a giant granite monolith crashing from space into a pre-dug trench in the earth.
Musically, the album (as their past few releases have been, in fact) is a musical feast of clinical proportions. Every note has been surgically placed, re-placed, dis-attached, and severed again before finally being cauterized into position to ensure maximum death metal efficiency. Riffs soar, weave and fight each other for prominence over a relentless drumming school, which pounds, batters and destroys the senses with the ease of a wrecking ball taking out an egg. The toms sound tighter, the bass drums are triggered out of this world (although I'm not exactly a fan of triggered drums, when it comes to this album, it seems to just work). Vocally, Nergal's vocals sound better than ever to me, gaining more of a full bodied earthy roar when compared to his billion-tracked vocal performances on the past few albums… hmm maybe that's what made the difference for me – quite possibly. Anyhow, I digress. There is one real moment of eyebrow raising on the album, that being a vocal performance by Nevermore's Warrel Dane on the track 'Inner Sanctum' (which actually works pretty well, even Dane's dulcet tones have made into the least Behemoth-like track, it doesn't make it stick out like a sore thumb on the album either strangely enough). There are still a lot of eastern melodies thrown into the mix, which again will give rise to comparisons to Nile, although this time around they've managed to shape the album into a streamlined beast of near epic proportions, giving it the full Behemoth trademark.
Behemoth do exactly what they've threatened to do for quite some time for me on this release, lay to waste everything in their way with the impact of a point blank sawn-off shotgun blast to the head. Finally, Behemoth have pushed their own boundaries, stepped out of their combined skins whilst keeping their inner core bubbling under the surface like white hot magma, and in the process, they've simultaneously cranked my satisfaction margin one step closer to that much sought after 100%. Killer.
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