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The Apostasy (Deluxe Edition) by Behemoth

Artist: Behemoth
Title: “The Apostasy” Limited Edition
Label: Regain Records
Release Date: 7/2007
Genre: Blackened Death Metal
Rating: 4/5

Having already reviewed the smoldering masterpiece that was Behemoth’s “The Apostasy”, we were happy to learn that a Deluxe Edition would be offered by the folks at Regain Records. This time around it would come out with a super special digipak and include a bonus DVD with content to enjoy. We figured it best to start on this one by representing our original comments about the release and then shall work out the finer points of difference about the special edition. Check it out.

“Given the amount of touring that Poland’s juggernaut of a band Behemoth did for their album “Demigod”, it seemed as though there was not enough downtime from the skull-crushing to offer up an album like “The Apostasy”, but here we are and the album is perhaps the best in the bands catalog to date. It begins with a majestic intro passage in “Rome 64 C.E.” and one can envision Nergal and his associates standing dominant over an unsuspecting world while it plays on. From there it is right into the smiting as the band delivers a pummeling with “Slaying The Prophets Ov Isa”, a track that shows us very early on that Behemoth has not slowed down things by any stretch of the imagination. Across the board we get a wide array of blast beats from drummer Inferno, which serve well under the searing guitar of Nergal who on the recording plays both lead and rhythm parts. Of course those who have seen the group live know that they are joined by Seth on second guitar. Early favorites come via tracks like “At The Left Hand Ov God” which while a speed demon at points has a lot of stop and start groove to it that shows the band to be master technicians at their craft as opposed to finding them to be a one speed, one melody group. There is a strong Middle Eastern groove to this one that worked out very well.
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“The Apostasy” by Behemoth

Artist: Behemoth
Title: “The Apostasy”
Label: Century Media Records
Release Date: 7/17/2007
Genre: Blackened Death Metal
Rating: 4/5

Given the amount of touring that Poland’s juggernaut of a band Behemoth did for their album “Demigod”, it seemed as though there was not enough downtime from the skull-crushing to offer up an album like “The Apostasy”, but here we are and the album is perhaps the best in the bands catalog to date. It begins with a majestic intro passage in “Rome 64 C.E.” and one can envision Nergal and his associates standing dominant over an unsuspecting world while it plays on. From there it is right into the smiting as the band delivers a pummeling with “Slaying The Prophets Ov Isa”, a track that shows us very early on that Behemoth has not slowed down things by any stretch of the imagination. Across the board we get a wide array of blast beats from drummer Inferno, which serve well under the searing guitar of Nergal who on the recording plays both lead and rhythm parts. Of course those who have seen the group live know that they are joined by Seth on second guitar. Early favorites come via tracks like “At The Left Hand Ov God” which while a speed demon at points has a lot of stop and start groove to it that shows the band to be master technicians at their craft as opposed to finding them to be a one speed, one melody group. There is a strong Middle Eastern groove to this one that worked out very well. One of the key appeals of the release is not only the resounding power and majesty of the material but also the spot on musicianship that the band delivers from song to song. They are a talented band who manages to show you just how good they have become technically after all the rounds of touring that they have been involved in. Nergal’s riffs can slice the skin off bone on a number of tracks while the bass of Orion crunches like some devastating thunder and driving it all home if the fantastic work of Inferno. We have praised him on a number of occasions but with “The Apostasy” he is raising the bar of Extreme Metal drumming very much. Yes, he does the conventional blast beats and incredible double bass patterns but there are so many time signature changes from track to track that he is bound to be referred to eventually as the leader in this style of drumming. He does not lose a second of his intense speed and yet manages to keep the fills flavorful and interesting.
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