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“Demigod” by Behemoth

Artist: Behemoth
Title: “Demigod”
Label: Olympic Recordings
Release Date: 10/11/2004
Genre: Blackened Death Metal
Rating: 7/10

Proving themselves that they are a force to be reckoned with in the genre of Death Metal music comes Krakow Poland’s own “Behemoth”. The release of “Demigod” on Olympic Recordings (a subsidiary of Century Media Records) is a pummeling assault to all of the senses in the most brutal of fashions. The difference between Behemoth and other purveyors of the genre is apparent right off the bat. The band lays down the power as soon as the CD begins for the band holds a stark difference to many others in the technical precision. What I heard on the CD has yet to be matched and clearly they are out to raise the bar on the Death style as much as Dimmu Borgir has raised the expectations of those who follow the Black Metal stuff. Most impressive to me was the intense drumming by Inferno. He holds the record in my book on faster double-bass drums recorded if you ask me. I think he even is faster than the mighty Dave Lombardo of Slayer. Nergal growls with the best of them about the Dark Gods they follow and it is definitely a bleak world they sing of. One expects that in Death Metal after all. The lineup on the CD is rounded out by Orion on bass, and Seth on guitar.
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Behemoth @ B.B. King Blues Club (2/16/2005)

Logo - Behemoth

Behemoth @ B.B. Kings – NYC: 02-16-05

To describe an evening where five Death Metal bands take over a venue like B.B. Kings you can simpley put it in the following terms “Brutal”, “Energetic” and “Fast-Paced”. I think you might have to fit evil in there somewhere but I am not overall certain. This was the setting for the night when I attended the performance of “Behemoth”, reigning Death Metal Lords from Poland. The band was direct opener for the one and only “Suffocation” from Long Island NY. Above all the rest on the bill, the crowd was clearly there for those Titans. At careful study it seemed just as many if not more were there for Behemoth. Sporting Corpsepaint, the guys in Behemoth make quite a statement. There is a sense of command when they are on stage, and while the music is blistering fast, there is a skill in it, and a tightness that one seldom finds easily in Death Metal music. It is not as all over the road as some of their peers and the level of musicianship is kicked up a notch. One can imagine that Behemoth is to Death Metal what Dimmu Borgir is to Black Metal. Master players performing to their best for the fans.
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