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The Satanist


BEHEMOTH - The Satanist

Released on: 2014-02-07

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“»The Satanist« is magic. It’s dangerous. It’s adventurous, and it’s organic,” states Nergal, the driving force behind BEHEMOTH since their inception in 1991, and brief exposure to the band’s tenth album more than supports this statement. While instantly recognizable as the work of the Polish blackened death quartet it takes their sound in unimagined and riveting directions. A writhing, densely layered, brutally violent and sinister record, it is quite unlike anything ever unleashed within the canon of heavy music. As such it demands attention, offering ever greater sonic and emotional depths with every listen. “You may hear the title and think it’s very primitive and one-dimensional, and yes it is, but when you look beyond that it’s as primitive as it is complex and multidimensional, and that applies to everything about the record.”

It has been a rocky road leading to the realization of the album. Having dropped 2009’s »Evangelion« to almost universal critical acclaim they saw it top the chart in their native country and dramatically expand their following around the world, and playing some of the best shows of their lives the band seemed truly unstoppable. But, in August 2010 Nergal was diagnosed with leukemia, stopping them in their tracks. Forced to abandon their ongoing tour in support of »Evangelion« Nergal was hospitalized, and both he and BEHEMOTH faced an uncertain future. With the search for a bone marrow donor ultimately successful Nergal underwent a transplant, leaving the hospital after six months and beginning down the long road to rehabilitation. "I was fortunate enough that that recovery period was relatively fast, and that I was really strong and very determined to get back into shape made a real difference.”

Rather than immediately getting down to working on a new album, the band - also comprised of drummer Inferno, bassist Orion, and guitarist Seth - set out to complete the abandoned touring cycle for »Evangelion«, hitting the road for the aptly titled “Phoenix Rising” Tour.

Having returned to full force the band were ready to once more move forward, and they began work on what would become »The Satanist«. One thing is inarguable, and that is the record is the most sonically rich and complex released under the BEHEMOTH name. With layer upon layer of sound it has great sonic density, but there is intricacy to this, and nothing is forced or contrived. “I don’t have a kid but I think the process of raising one is comparable: you invest a lot of your energy and effort and wisdom and money and you educate them, but there’s never a one hundred percent guarantee he’s going to become a lawyer and not a serial killer. It’s the same story with the records - we supply the elements but we just don’t know how these elements mixed together are going to come out, and I think it’s fortunate that we don’t have one hundred percent control over it! It makes for something special.”

Track list Total runtime
1 - Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel 4:25
2 - Furor Divinus 3:06
3 - Messe Noire 4:04
4 - Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer 5:35
5 - Amen 3:49
6 - The Satanist 5:33
7 - Ben Sahar 5:34
8 - In The Absence Ov Light 4:58
9 - O Father O Satan O Sun! 7:13