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Review: Behemoth - Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond)
Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond)

Label: Olympic Recordings
Year released: 2002
Duration: 44:19
Tracks: 12
Genre: Black/Death

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: March 1, 2003
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating
Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond)

Rated 4.05/5 (80.93%) (43 Votes)

In a way I kind of feel sorry for this band. Gaining exposure coming from Poland has to be difficult enough but add to that being inevitably compared with the mighty Vader and in a way it doesn’t seem quite fair. I certainly have to give them credit since they have been around over a decade now and have built quite a lot of support with their other releases. I just love it when a band works their ass off to get where they are without someone giving them everything they need to succeed, it shows perseverance and character not to mention a genuine love for the music.

Although the beginning of this review sounds all sunny and rosy that is in stark contrast to what you get when you put "Zos Kia Cultus" in your CD player. The album starts out with what sounds like someone turning a radio dial and then the guitars come in with a slow riff that just feels like it is leading you to your doom and finally you are blasted with "Horns Ov Baphomet". I love this kind of build up in music and Behemoth does this very well. The songs for the most part are all pretty fast with a fair amount of blast beats to be had. Although the speed is ever present the guitar work still shines through with some excellent lead work, which really adds a lot more depth to the ever-present speed. Vocals and lyrics are pretty much what you would expect from a black/death metal band and the scenes of death, violence and overall evil are never to far away. If there was one complaint I could make about this album it is that I wish it would have a little more variety like they had on "Thelema 6" which I thought was an excellent album. This is actually a minor complaint since the more I listen to this album the more I seem to like it.

Overall this album I consider a worthy predecessor to "Thelma 6" and something that fans of the band and the genre in general will certainly want to pick up.

Favorite Tracks- Horns Ov Baphomet, Typhonian Soul Zodiak, Blackest of the Black

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