"Evangelion" (Nuclear Blast/Metal Blade; 2009)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Blackened death metal: it’s a combination of death metal and black metal. This is the ninth studio release from Behemoth; they are a Polish blackened death metal band. Fans of both types of metal will find the same elements that make death metal (progressive time signatures, harmonies and melodies) and black metal (blast beats and fast tempos) combined for some intense music.

Satanism and the occult are a constant theme throughout this disc and if you can understand any of the lyrics you would know why. There has been a list of bands that have been targeted as allegedly promoting Satanism and murder complied by Polish officials. Behemoth is on this list but they are still allowed to play in Poland freely.

These guys have been machine-gunning albums since 1995 and even though there have been a few line-up changes the music has stayed in the same dark genre. In August 2010 Adam "Nergal" Darski was diagnosed with Leukemia and Behemoth had to cancel the remaining shows of 2010. He has received a bone marrow transplant and is recovering in his home town.

Behemoth originated from Gdansk (Danzig in German) and they have been active since 1991, they are considered an important band in creating the Polish extreme metal underground sound.

Behemoth: Adam "Nergal" Darski – lead vocals, guitars, acoustic guitar, synthesizer, programming (1991–present) bass guitar (1991–1992, 1993–1997, 1999–present); Tomasz "Orion" Wróblewski – bass guitar, vocals (2004–present); Zbigniew Robert "Inferno" Promiński – drums and percussion (1997–present); Patryk "Seth" Sztyber – guitars, backing vocals (2004–present).

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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