Released: 2009, Metal Blade
Reviewer: Alan Gilkeson
If there is indeed a Hell, than this is exactly what it sounds like. An album writhe with horror, hate, and death, Behemoth's EVANGELION is yet another record that raises the band's bar higher than all those who would try to mimic them. Fifteen years ago Nergal and crew were merely another Norwegian Black Metal copy cat band. Nowadays they've transformed themselves into innovators.
Behemoth produce some of the most technical, intelligent, and turbulent Metal available in today's market. Massive riffs abound, rolling one into another, while Nergal growls over the top. He just may be the nastiest growling vocalist in Metal. He (Nergal) recently told me, "We speak our minds. We channel it through the riffs and the songs and the lyrics, and it all comes out extreme as fuck. " And no doubt, Behemoth may be the top of the heap of extreme music when you consider just how specialized and brilliant they are, never missing a beat. And let's not forget Colin Richardson who has done a killer production job here.
Songs like the evil as Hades 'Alas, The Lord is Upon Me' and the plodding, methodical, soul stomping 'Lucifer' are perfect examples of Behemoth's ability to make heads bang and babies cry, the latter an 8 minute romp through purgatory complete with a massive guitar solo. I heard a lot of things about Behemoth years ago...'Bad Black Metal' then 'Vader clones,' but over the span of the past three albums they've not only developed a unique sound, they're firmly cemented among the extreme Metal elite.