After five years since the latest release and Nergal’s serious health issues with a long cancer treatment, Behemoth is back again with “The Satanist” which is a perfect title for this release.

Behemoth has been in the black/death scene since the formation but evolved from traditional black metal to a more death metal style in time. This album can be rated a death metal release and marks Behemoth’s direction into a more atmospheric and experimental world.

In their 10th full length release, they reflect their passion to the listeners and The Satanist” is a real challenge to “God”. All the lyrics on the album are written by Nergal who is still going strong after his fight with cancer. (In cooperation with Krzysztof Azarewicz on “Messe Noire,” “Amen,” and “O Father O Satan O Sun!”)

The songs are mostly medium paced and goes to a faster level in tracks like “Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer” and “Amen”. Besides, the dark and evil atmosphere is felt in songs like the opening track “Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel”, “In the Absence ov Light” and “O Father O Satan O Sun!” The most experimental track is “In the Absence ov Light” with long acoustic parts and saxophone involvement.

Nergal is more than perfect on vocals. His voice chills you to the bone and he uses his voice as a weapon at his war against God. The vocals are more atmospheric and striking mainly on “The Satanist”, “Ben Sahar” and “O Father O Satan O Sun!” The last track is my favorite on the album which makes you listen over and over again; great chorus, ferocious vocals, a classical guitar solo…

Although I have no connection with “Satanism” and I am not concentrated on the lyrical concept, the music and vocals really hunt you down. Syllabi advocacy group best place buy college essays sues to get university’s teacher ed. I can easily say that this album includes everything you expect to see in a black/death metal release.

All in all, “The Satanist” is intense, powerful and eerily perfect at many points. This is by far one of the best black/death releases of recent years and the best in Behemoth history.

Rating: 9 out of 10

1. Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel
2. Furor Divinus
3. Messe Noire
4. Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer
5. Amen
6. The Satanist
7. Ben Sahar
8. In the Absence ov Light
9. O Father O Satan O Sun!

Nergal- Guitars, Vocals
Inferno – Drums
Orion – Bass, Vocals (backing).

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