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“Sventevith (Storming Near The Baltic)” (remastered) by Behemoth

Artist: Behemoth
Title: “Sventevith – Storming Near The Baltic (remastered)
Label: Metal Mind Productions
Release Date: 6/6/2005
Genre: Black Metal
Rating: 3.5

Thanks to the folks at Metal Mind Productions we can take a trip back into the not too distant past to find the origins and debut by Poland’s mightiest export, the one and only Behemoth. Originally released in 1995, the album “Sventevith (Storming Near The Baltic) finds the band not as the crushing Death Metal group we all know today but instead as a brutalizing Black Metal enterprise who show one didn’t need to have their origins in Norway or Sweden. Led by Nergal, who not only sings but plays all guitars and bass, this album is a solid introduction to the band and their contributions to the then still growing Black Metal movement. As you listen you can hear similarities to the giants of the genre such as Immortal and perhaps a little Dimmu Borgir as well but what’s more important was how impressive it actually was with their being among the few such acts from this region of the day. If you closed your eyes and knew nothing of the band you heard you would totally assume this was a by product of the Norwegian artisans. The tale told seems to be about Slavic folklore and their history and one can read deeper into this based on the provided lyrics in the booklet (the white font on black is a tad tricky on the eyes I must admit).
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