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Behemoth
Demigod
March 2005
Released: 2004, Olympic Recordings
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Gabriel C. Zolman

A lot of hype surrounds this band, and some of it is merited. Are they death metal’s saviours? No; but what they do, they do damn well. To put it succinctly, they bring a sense of majesty to death metal that their contemporaries don’t.

There is a sense of songwriting, and texture, virtually unheard of in the genre—only bands like Drawn & Quartered reach these heights. Nile is a decent reference (and Karl Sanders makes a cameo on “XUL.”). Like their kinsmen, Vader and Vital Remains, if you’re not a fan of brutal death, there’s still a chance you’ll like this.

Playing wisely off 2002’s success, Zos Kia Cultus, the emphasis is on a slithering, creep-the-hell-out-of-posers effect that will frighten mom and dad. The thundering old-school riffing crawls upon its belly from channel to channel, cursed like Eden’s serpent to nip at Eve’s frail ankles. There is significant plod to be found here; so those looking for speed might move on to Lost Soul or some such thing.

In a way, it’s almost produced too well—the male choir in the opening track is blended so well into the mix, you barely pick them up. It was intended to be a subtlety, albeit a pricey one. Perhaps the best comparison is Therion during their Symphony Masses era. In a lot of ways, this is much of what Morbid Angel has tried to accomplish since Gateways To Annihilation. The difference is in Demigod’s effective use of implied heaviness, when only ambience is present.

Fans of the “creepy death” sub-subgenre of DM (insert random Morbid Angel-loving Polish thrashers here) will annoy co-workers for weeks with this. Others, perhaps frustrated by the album’s pretentious this-and-that’s, may still appreciate the ambitiousness of Demigod’s design. It’s heavy and demonic, genuinely occultic, and well played—what more do you fucking want?
Track Listing

1.Sculpting The Throne ov Seth
2.Demigod
3.Conquer All
4.The Nephilim Rising
5.Towards Babylon
6.Before The Aeons Came
7.Mysterium Coniunctionis (Hermanubis)
8.XUL
9.Slaves Shall Serve
10.The Reign ov Shemsu-Hor

Lineup

Adam "Nergal" Darski - Vocals, Guitar
Inferno - Drums, Percussion
Orion - Bass
Seth - Guitar


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Behemoth
Demigod
July 2005
Released: 2005, Century Media
Rating: 2.0/5
Reviewer: MetalGeorge

I guess there comes a time when all of your gods fail you, and this time it has happened to me. Unlike bands like At the Gates and Carcass, who left at their creative peaks and left behind inimitable legacies, Poland’s Behemoth have unfortunately crafted an ugly pock mark upon their otherwise pristine reputation by releasing this go-nowhere release entitled DEMIGOD.



Now I don’t want you to assume that I’m just one of those disgruntled fans who decides to jump shit whenever a band decides to experiment with stylistic changes. No, I have loved Behemoth since their pitch black debut, FROM THE PAGAN VASTLANDS, and have been a faithful follower ever since. That is, until I was dealt the unabashed and unashamed Nile-worship that is DEMIGOD.



The tasteful incorporation of Death Metal influences into Behemoth’s initial Black Metal framework has resulted in some brilliant material, including such fine lps as SATANICA and 2002’s breakthrough ZOS KIA CULTUS release, but this is just too much. The music here, while standard, just does not stand up to Behemoth’s level of quality, instead preferring to dwell within the stacks of Karl Sander’s unused Nile passages.



Endless, mind-numbing blast beats permeate this record like a sieve, and just bore the listener to death, with no trace of the amazing feeling which was so amazingly prevalent on each one of the band’s releases up until this point. This breaks my heart, because I truly think that Behemoth can be one of the genre’s foremost and brightest bands. Mainman Nergal’s capacity for creative greatness truly knows no bounds, and to see him release such blatant plagiarism (even if the results are occasionally impressive-see the track “Conquer All”), is just so disheartening.



Of course, this release is selling like hotcakes, and everyone seems to be buying into yet another original act falling victim to the current trend of the day (see: shitty American Death Metal, exhibit A being Nile). As for myself, I’m going to pretend this release never happened, and delude myself into thinking that this band broke up after ZOS KIA CULTUS. Behemoth is dead to me.
Track Listing

1. Sculpting the Throne of Seth
2. Demigod
3. Conquer All
4. The Nephlim Rising
5. Towards Babylon
6. Before Aeons Came
7. Mysterium Coniunctionis (Hermanubis)
8. XUL
9. Slaves Shall Serve
10. The Reign of Shemus-Hor

Lineup

Nergal-guitar/vocals
Inferno-drums
Orion-bass
Seth-session guitar


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