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Metal Blade Records Presents: Behemoth “The Satanist” Live Video

If you’ve never witnessed the crushing brutality that is the band Behemoth, then you’re going to want to maximize this next video on your screen and indulge as Metal Blade Records presents the band doing their song “The Satanist” in concert. The clip hails from their forthcoming video and CD release “Messe Noire”. You’ve been warned.

PiercingMetal Thoughts: I don’t have much to add here other than the fact that while this is a solid delivery and execution of the title track from their “The Satanist” album; there is truly no better way to experience Behemoth than with your own eyes in a club where they might be playing. I wouldn’t recommend that the newbies stand too close to the stage since the crowd surfing can get out of hand, but standing on the periphery of it all or viewing down from up above is worth doing. I’ve been seeing Behemoth in concert since 2004 unless I am off a year and its always an experience that leaves me exhausted but wanting more. I’ve even been fortunate enough to have met the guys over the years and to have covered their work here on the website. Just click THIS LINK to open up any posts that refer to them. You’ll find a little bit of everything by doing that and most posts have links to Amazon.com purchase points to spark your grabbing the credit card. Currently, Behemoth is one of the many bands that are supporting the final tour by Slayer. They are on the first leg and if you’ve interest in catching them you better act fast or risk missing out on it. “Messe Noire” will hit the streets in April.

Official Website: http://www.behemoth.pl

“Live Eschaton: The Art Of Rebellion” (Deluxe Edition) by Behemoth

Artist: Behemoth
Title: “Live Eschaton: The Art Of Rebellion” – Deluxe Edition
Label: Metal Mind Productions
Release Date: 4/19/2009
Genre: Blackened Death Metal
Rating: 4/5

Even though the band had been around for a good decade before I ever was able to see them, I was instantly made a fan when the band performed in NYC as opener for Suffocation back in 2004. I’m not the only one that had been affected by the bands powerful music and presentation based on its overall intensity. One of the releases I looked into some time later after this show was the 2002 DVD release of “Live Eschaton – The Art Of Rebellion” which captured the band in concert in their native Poland. We reviewed this DVD and are representing our thoughts for you below from the original version and then we shall examine the new deluxe edition afterwards.
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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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“Crush.Fukk.Create: Requiem for Generation Armageddon” by Behemoth

Artist: Behemoth
Title: “Crush, Fukk, Create: Reqiuem For Generation Armageddon”
Label: Regain Records
Release Date: 5/31/2005
Genre: Death Metal
Rating: 4/5

“Crush-Fukk-Create” is the second DVD from Polish Death Metal juggernauts Behemoth and in many cases is a step in the right direction from their last one, “The Art Of Rebellion”. I remembered that I enjoyed that release primarily because we had no Behemoth DVD until then, but having seen this band perform live and knowing what they are capable of made it simply laughable to watch them in front of an audience that for the most part was sitting down. Sitting down during a Behemoth show? You would hardly think such a thing possible but that’s what we got. On “CFC” we find two full appearances of the band that were filmed a little later in their career and while the audience is not as insane as some that I have been immersed in myself, they were certainly more lively than the ones on the previous film. The first concert finds Behemoth performing at Party San Open Air in 2003, and they call this segment “Live Pandemonium”. The band is on fire and for those who are watching them in today’s Metal world they will not see guitarist Seth, but instead find Havok ripping up the strings. Orion is there as is the ever present Inferno and I admit that I loved seeing the drummer spit fire a few times from behind his kit. You don’t see this happening all that often in the States based on fire laws, but in Europe this seems to be more of a common practice. Nergal breathes fire as well during the other show, so I guess the task is not assigned to one member alone. I liked this concert the best since it was the closest to the Behemoth that I found myself getting into a couple of years ago and during a song break leader Nergal speaks to the crowd and tells them of their two album deal with Regain Records in Europe and in the USA with Century Media Records.
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