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“At The Arena Ov Aion – Live Apostasy” by Behemoth

Artist: Behemoth
Title: “At The Arena Ov Aion – Live Apostasy”
Label: Regain Records
Release Date: 12/9/2008
Genre: Blackened Death Metal
Rating: 4.5/5

If you are an Extreme Metal fan that is worth their salt then you know full well about the impact and decimating power that is the band Behemoth and if you don’t know about them then it is high time that you started paying attention. Hailing from Poland, the mighty Behemoth are a take no prisoners Blackened Death Metal band that holds such power and thrall over their audiences that it leaves them numb after each and every show. If you’ve been fortunate enough to catch them in concert then you know what I mean and if you have not, then this is a lesson I insist you plan on learning. “At The Arena Ov Aion” is a live recording that somehow manages to capture the true essence and power of this band in concert and this is no easy feat to accomplish because the feeling at one of the bands shows is just so overwhelming. When played at certain volumes the listener can almost feel the anger and intensity being directed at him (or her) by the bands leader Nergal as he spits out the commands and leads his triumphant armies to march over the bones of their enemies. A Behemoth show is not for everyone I will admit, but if you love the things that bands like Suffocation or Cryptopsy do based on its speed and overall technical delivery, then Behemoth is surely one of the next wave of super powers for the Extreme Metal genre. The uneducated listener should be aware that their premise while Death Metal, has the Blackened side seasoned in and hence makes their subject matter somewhat blasphemous. They are staunchly anti-Christian which we find in songs like “Antichristian Phenomenon” and “Christians To The Lions” to cite an example. They are not recommended for the more pious of listeners that are out there.
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