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Behemoth's Demigod was released relatively recently (remember that I live in the states, though, and stuff comes out in Europe months before) and is the latest album from a long running extreme metal band. Originally Behemoth was a black metal band, and while their old works are respected to this day, what I heard of them never interested me. But at about the release of 1999's Satanica Behemoth switched over to a death metal style of playing. Behemoth is (and has always been) the rabid malice-ridden baby of Nergal (his face you would recognize from my avatar (aren't I the fanboy?)), who writes most of the music and most of the lyrics (the rest are written by a poet friend of his whose name consists of so many consonants that I will not even attempt to type it).

I was understandably excited about the release of Demigod. I loved their last two releases Thelema 6 and Zos Kia Cultus, so when Demigod was thrown into my stereo the glorious sound of Behemoth's continued path of destruction was awaited with eager ears. However, I was slightly disappointed. Thelema 6 was an amazing, groundbreaking death metal album that was totally unique. Zos Kia Cultus diluted the great Behemoth style by falling back towards generic death metal ways of playing, but it was still very much Behemoth. Demigod makes the Behemoth sound all but obscure, doubling the slightly generic style Zos Kia Cultus had and making it a majorly generic style.

While change in a band's sound is welcome and wanted from album to album, de-evolving is not a good thing. I would rather have some intelligent rehashes of Thelema 6 than watch Behemoth slowly sink into a faceless vortex of unoriginal death metal. The fact is, I don't believe Behemoth will turn back from this. The press is loving Demigod, heaping praises upon it that are undeserved.

But enough of my bashing. Demigod does have a few things going for it. First of all, the musicianship is top-notch, as always. The vocals, while many times more faceless than the great Thelema 6 vocals, are still very recognizably Nergal, which is a good thing. The lyrics are as good as they've ever been. The Behemoth style established on Satanica and Thelema 6 is still present, even if it is reduced to being an influence more than a main part.

The short version: Demigod will appeal to the Behemoth fan, even if it is a little disappointing. If you weren't so keen about Behemoth before, don't bother with it.

Noteworthy Tracks:
  • Like I said, Demigod has taken a more faceless and generic approach, so the songs sound very much alike. While I can tell the difference between them, there aren't any that stand out.

The Breakdown: (10 point scales)
Production: 10
Vocals: 8
Guitars: 9
Drums: 7
Lyrics: 8
Originality: 6

Overall:* 6.5
(*not an average, median, or whatever)

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Stay metal!
-xit


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The following comments are for "Behemoth - Demigod"
by xitwound117

your review
This is a well-written and highly objective review, especially as you criticize one of your very favorite bands.

In any case, I find that the majority of Death Metal bands find a hard time being particularly original. This is one of the reasons for the rise of Black Metal in the first place; as Goth rose from Punk in order to extend emotive variety in style, Black Metal arose from Death Metal in order to extend the style in ALL respects: instrumentation, structure, themes, styles, atmosphere. If Behemoth is devolving, it is perhaps because they are running out of ideas and should simply end the project. Perhaps they are continuing under that name with a different style in order to retain as much audience (and customer base) as possible while 'milking it'. It's always a shame when a band does this, and people always realize it right away. The majority of the Metal press is very lame and unless they dislike a band from the start, they generally kiss ass and pass it along as classic.

I recommend, for the most objective reviews in the Metal press, Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles out of Canada.

http://www.bravewords.com

( Posted by: the alienist [Member] On: August 1, 2005 )

Metal, etc
In order to not make things spread about, I'll say here that I will give Falconer a listen.

I believe I've heard of bravewords.com before, I'll check it out. Unfortuanately, yes, death metal bands are, for the most part, totally lacking in originality. Black metal has the same problem too. Nergal is not one to capitalize off of his band, I think he simply let one too many Nile influences get into the music.

A site I generally trust is metal-rules.com, but even the majority of the reviewers there loved Demigod.

( Posted by: xitwound117 [Member] On: August 1, 2005 )





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