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Release date: 25 October 2004
Style: Death metal

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Disc I
01. Sculpting The Throne Ov Seth
02. Demigod
03. Conquer All
04. The Nephilim Rising
05. Towards Babylon
06. Before The Æons Came
07. Mysterium Coniunctionis (Hermanubis)
08. XUL
09. Slaves Shall Serve
10. The Reign Ov Shemsu-Hor

Disc II [DVD] [2010 limited edition bonus]
[Live in Leeuwarden, Holland 10.12.2007]
01. Slaying The Prophets Ov Isa
02. Antichristian Phenomenon
03. Demigod
04. From The Pagan Vestlands
05. Prometherion
06. Conquer All
07. Christgrinding Avenue
08. As Above So Below
09. Decade Ov Therion
10. Chant For Ezkaton 2000
11. I Got Erection

The best Death Metal album of 2004

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Additional info
Demigod was released on Regain Records in Europe, Mystic Production in Poland, Raven Music in Israel and Irond in Russia. The U.S. release is on Olympic Recordings and released January 25th 2005.

Karl Sanders of Nile contributes some guitar work on the album and a solo on the song "XUL".

Guest review by
Asylum #9

Rating:
9.2
Behemoth - Demigod (2004)

Virtuosity, action and technique. There are many ways of describing Demigod, although it must be experienced if you are to fully understand it. Demigod, nothing less than another melancholic masterpiece, darkly triumphing the world of Brutal Death Metal.

Session guitarist Seth ironically opens up the album with his fragile, still mysterious guitar-theme in "Sculpting the Throne ov Seth." It's the breath before the plunge. The song practically explodes. BAM! Your ass is ravaged by blast beats and Nergal's dynamic riffs that'll begin the historic and brutal madness of Behemoth. The title track, one of my favourites, also starts off more calmly. Only this time you'll hear the muffled trumpets of a frenzied roman army, that even this time, expands into something dark, fast, brutal and at the same time very poignant.

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published 28.11.2006 | Comments (29)

Guest review by
Loathera

Rating:
8.4
Oh Demigod why do I have so many conflicting opinions on you?

It is a good album; it catapulted Behemoth into the superstar ring of death metal. It is widely accepted as their best release. I'm not going to debate about it being what it is, an entertaining and damn fine album by a talented band, but I don't think it delivers as much as the hype would tell you. They lost a lot of the black metal influence, (Demigod is pretty much a straight death metal album) but I think the problem for me with this album is the drastic difference in quality between songs.

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published 13.04.2012 | Comments (4)

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ChibiDemigod - 29.04.2010 at 05:54  
Rating: 9 If you love the brutality this one is a awesome exponent
soadbyob - 29.04.2010 at 19:23  
  Amazing fucking album, CONQUER ALL!!
Vikingr - 17.12.2010 at 00:56  
  A truly great album for those metal enough to handle it !:banger:
Kenos - 03.04.2011 at 19:51  
  Oh man, I really can't stand Nergal's vocals in this album...
Beastofmetal456 - 28.05.2011 at 04:03  
  Insanely great. The oriental sound is irresistable.
BoxCar Willy - 30.10.2011 at 05:11  
  i got erection WTF?
MetalButt - 30.11.2011 at 12:01  
Rating: 9 I wana have sex wid dis album!
ThunderAxe1989 - 12.12.2011 at 02:00  
Rating: 9 Demigod is by far Behemoth's best album to date!
I don't know if they'll ever match the greatness of this album ever again.
Marcel Hubregtse - 12.12.2011 at 02:31  
Rating: 6
Written by ThunderAxe1989 on 12.12.2011 at 02:00

Demigod is by far Behemoth's best album to date!
I don't know if they'll ever match the greatness of this album ever again.


what? I hope you're kidding. Zos Kia and Satanica blow this one right out of the ball park, this is overly polished run of the mill death metal that has been done better before and after by many a band. Zos Kia and Satanica had a face of their own whereas this one doesn't.
@gent_-_orange - 12.12.2011 at 02:41  
Rating: 7
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 12.12.2011 at 02:31

Written by ThunderAxe1989 on 12.12.2011 at 02:00

Demigod is by far Behemoth's best album to date!
I don't know if they'll ever match the greatness of this album ever again.


what? I hope you're kidding. Zos Kia and Satanica blow this one right out of the ball park.

Indeed, I cant see why their later material is preferred over those two (and Thelema for that matter) as those three albums by far surpass later Behemoth albums.
Marcel Hubregtse - 12.12.2011 at 02:49  
Rating: 6
Written by @gent_-_orange on 12.12.2011 at 02:41

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 12.12.2011 at 02:31

Written by ThunderAxe1989 on 12.12.2011 at 02:00

Demigod is by far Behemoth's best album to date!
I don't know if they'll ever match the greatness of this album ever again.


what? I hope you're kidding. Zos Kia and Satanica blow this one right out of the ball park.

Indeed, I cant see why their later material is preferred over those two (and Thelema for that matter) as those three albums by far surpass later Behemoth albums.


sorry couldn't think of Thelema, but that one should have been mentioned by me as well.
Korah - 02.03.2012 at 11:56  
  Very good album, love Conquer all.
musicalkaratekid - 26.05.2012 at 17:06  
Rating: 9 The guitar work on here is amazing, certainly one of the band's highlights. I'd like to think this is their best album, but I haven't listened to them all yet.
infernaldeath87 - 09.06.2012 at 20:17  
Rating: 9 Beast of an album.
HatemSaw - 22.01.2013 at 12:14  
Rating: 1
scapeplan - 03.03.2013 at 04:21  
Rating: 8 Overrated and not their best, but still awesome.
Nick K. - 23.06.2013 at 22:45  
  Brilliant Album. The Songs are well composed and the whole atmosphere is outstanding. Classic!
Rulatore - 09.02.2014 at 01:12  
  'The Reign Ov Shemsu-Hor' is their best closer.
AngelofDeth - 12.02.2014 at 20:48  
Rating: 10
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 12.12.2011 at 02:31

what? I hope you're kidding. Zos Kia and Satanica blow this one right out of the ball park, this is overly polished run of the mill death metal that has been done better before and after by many a band. Zos Kia and Satanica had a face of their own whereas this one doesn't.

Why does the success and love of this album offend everyone? Yes, it is extremely polished but that's what's mainstream, the more polished the broader the audience. And sure it could be considered run of the mill death metal but imo its death metal done right, the layered vox and catchy riffs of deicide, the eastern influences of Nile, incredible drumming by Inferno and unique composition and songwriting. Maybe its the fact that this is Death Metal for the non-Death Metal fan? not trying to be a smartass thats an honest question lol
Unhealer - 13.02.2014 at 01:01  
Rating: 8
Written by AngelofDeth on 12.02.2014 at 20:48

the layered vox


This is actually the worst aspect of the album, it would have been a lot better without this approach to the vocals.

And btw...
> catchy riffs of deicide
> eastern influences of Nile

> unique composition and songwriting

We have a problem there
AngelofDeth - 14.02.2014 at 10:34  
Rating: 10
Written by Unhealer on 13.02.2014 at 01:01

And btw...
> catchy riffs of deicide
> eastern influences of Nile

> unique composition and songwriting

We have a problem there

What is the problem??
Unhealer - 14.02.2014 at 16:15  
Rating: 8
Written by AngelofDeth on 14.02.2014 at 10:34

What is the problem??


You say this albums has riffs of <band>, eastern influences of <band> yet you mentioned unique songwriting as a feat. I really wouldn't include that in the list of strengths of this album.
AngelofDeth - 17.02.2014 at 21:55  
Rating: 10
Written by Unhealer on 14.02.2014 at 16:15

You say this albums has riffs of <band>, eastern influences of <band> yet you mentioned unique songwriting as a feat. I really wouldn't include that in the list of strengths of this album.

Yes, unique "songwriting and composition" specifically. Meaning it takes those influences of Deicide and Nile and "composes" them in a catchy and palatable way. I never said this was the most original album in the world but rather a new spin on an old trick, which is all art is anyway.
Lit. - 18.02.2014 at 02:08  
 
Written by AngelofDeth on 17.02.2014 at 21:55

rather a new spin on an old trick, which is all art is anyway.

NO.

Besides, this is hardly a "new spin on an old trick" seeing as Deicide and Nile did everything Behemoth are currently doing better that Behemoth ever will.
Troy Killjoy - 18.02.2014 at 04:58  
  I don't think I've ever seen the connection made between Deicide and Behemoth until now but I guess everyone hears things differently.
Mr. Doctor - 18.02.2014 at 08:03  
  I could buy the Nile connection just a little... but Deicide? Nope.
AngelofDeth - 18.02.2014 at 10:02  
Rating: 10
Written by Mr. Doctor on 18.02.2014 at 08:03

I could buy the Nile connection just a little... but Deicide? Nope.

Written by Troy Killjoy on 18.02.2014 at 04:58

I don't think I've ever seen the connection made between Deicide and Behemoth until now but I guess everyone hears things differently.

While the execution is completely different, the connection between Nile and Behemoth should be pretty obvious..

As for Deicide, I''m not totally familiar with their discography but their song I listen to most, "Scars of the Crucifix" has alot of similar elements to the stuff found on Demigod. Using the band as a whole is probably reaching a bit, in retrospect, but listen to that song and you'll see what I mean.

Really all I was trying to do is understand why so many people hate on this album as I thought it was a pretty universally liked album up until recently.
deadone - 18.02.2014 at 12:01  
Rating: 6 I really can't see the connection with either of those two bands with Behemoth other than that they all play Death Metal in one format or another.

Even Nile - initially they had a Morbid Angel link on the first album then went brutal DM with Black Seeds and then started toning down to a more accessible (for Nile) sound with In Their Darkened Shrines.

Also in 2004 when Demigod was released, Deicide were still in their slump that plagued them and other DM bands since the mid 1990s.

Basically what I'm trying to say was Demigod was quite the album when it was released.

Shame I didn't like it, but I'm not going to deny it was one of those kick in arse albums that was needed to revitalise a very stagnant genre.

EDIT Just listened to it and lost interest at 28 minutes. The Slayer boys showed everyone that a good extreme metal album should last no more than 30 minutes. Everyone else should have listened.
Zaphod - 26.02.2014 at 03:03  
 
Written by deadone on 18.02.2014 at 12:01

a good extreme metal album should last no more than 30 minutes.

"Extreme metal" might be too broad a term, but for an album like Demigod I definitely agree.
deadone - 26.02.2014 at 23:44  
Rating: 6
Written by Zaphod on 26.02.2014 at 03:03

Written by deadone on 18.02.2014 at 12:01

a good extreme metal album should last no more than 30 minutes.

"Extreme metal" might be too broad a term, but for an album like Demigod I definitely agree.


I think most pure Death Metal and Grindcore albums don't have more than 30 minutes of music in them.

The genres themselves are too limited to allow for too much variation and thus after a while it starts getting repetitive.

There are exceptions of course - Nile and Morbid Angel comes to mind.


Basically before writing new material, every DM band should listen to Slayer's Reign In Blood and note playing time.

The Grind guys are smart enough to generally limit their albums to shorter playing times.
Zaphod - 27.02.2014 at 00:12  
 
Written by deadone on 26.02.2014 at 23:44

I think most pure Death Metal and Grindcore albums don't have more than 30 minutes of music in them.

The genres themselves are too limited to allow for too much variation and thus after a while it starts getting repetitive.

There are exceptions of course - Nile and Morbid Angel comes to mind.


Basically before writing new material, every DM band should listen to Slayer's Reign In Blood and note playing time.

The Grind guys are smart enough to generally limit their albums to shorter playing times.

I agree, I just meant that extreme metal doesn't only include death metal.
deadone - 27.02.2014 at 00:28  
Rating: 6
Written by Zaphod on 27.02.2014 at 00:12

I agree, I just meant that extreme metal doesn't only include death metal.


OH of course.

I still think Extreme Metal in general is often better off keeping it short and sweet.

For example Godflesh's Streetcleaner starts of great and pummel along well...and then it keeps going and going (it's over 1 hour long).

It kinda wears you down and becomes tedious.


Studies have shown maximum average human attention span is about 45 minutes.


In the old days average album length was 40-odd minutes which is what would fit on an LP vinyl and that was split amongst two sides each of about 22 minutes each.

CDs gave bands more time which in the late 80s and early 90s was problematic because bands filled them up with filler (Streetcleaner and also Soul of a New Machine by Fear Factory come to mind).

This has come back a bit since but I still think 30 minutes is sweet spot for extreme metal be it Death, Grind, Industrial or more extreme forms of Thrash.


I think the Morbid Angels and Pestilences got away with over 30 minute playing times cause of numbers of instrumental interludes that broke up the DM onslaught.



Behemoth simply lack the variety and dynamics to chug at it for over 30 minutes. And Demigod was probably their most interesting work and I still wouldn't rate it higher than a 6.


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Zaphod - 27.02.2014 at 00:43  
 
Written by deadone on 27.02.2014 at 00:28

This has come back a bit since but I still think 30 minutes is sweet spot for extreme metal be it Death, Grind, Industrial or more extreme forms of Thrash.

For those genres I would agree 99% of the time. As you said, some bands get away with it because they offer variety. However, I can listen to any extreme metal band that has some progressive or avantgarde or whatever thing going on for longer than 30 minutes. Also, extreme doom and a lot of black metal often grabs my attention for a longer time than death and thrash.
deadone - 27.02.2014 at 00:48  
Rating: 6
Written by Zaphod on 27.02.2014 at 00:43


For those genres I would agree 99% of the time. As you said, some bands get away with it because they offer variety. However, I can listen to any extreme metal band that has some progressive or avantgarde or whatever thing going on for longer than 30 minutes. Also, extreme doom and a lot of black metal often grabs my attention for a longer time than death and thrash.



The slower stuff does tend to bore me - I must have the attention span of a 5 year old with ADHD.

As for Thrash, it depends whether it's song driven (e.g. Metallica, Suicidal Tendencies, Testament) or whether it's mindless Thrashing ala Warbringer.

I can actuallly listen to Black Metal (and technical Death Metal) in moderate doses of 1 song. It's why I keep all my Terrorizer comps:

"In the mood for Black Metal/Technical Death Metal."

4 minutes later

"Excellent. Now for some Thrash."
Zaphod - 27.02.2014 at 01:02  
 
Written by deadone on 27.02.2014 at 00:48

I can actuallly listen to Black Metal (and technical Death Metal) in moderate doses of 1 song. It's why I keep all my Terrorizer comps:

"In the mood for Black Metal/Technical Death Metal."

4 minutes later

"Excellent. Now for some Thrash."

Hah, I have that with certain bands, but not entire genres
deadone - 27.02.2014 at 01:09  
Rating: 6
Written by Zaphod on 27.02.2014 at 01:02

Hah, I have that with certain bands, but not entire genres



Certain genre aesthetics such as emphasis on tremolo picking irritate me for long listening periods.
pkillerjp - 10.03.2014 at 17:52  
Rating: 7 This is actually really good in small doses when the mood serves me right. As stated by deadone I believe, Behemoth just doesn't have the dynamics to stay enjoyable for a full album. I actually would say this is one of their better releases, although Zos was a tad better and I do not own them all. I just can't help but think Morbid Angel Jr, without the song writing ability of MA in their prime. Nergal's vocals, although effective, tend to wear on my patience after about 4 songs (and this goes for all of the albums in the Behemoth death metal era) I still can't call this a bad album though. The riffing is chaos and the production is about as polished as death metal can possibly get, it's in your face and brutal as all hell, just wears a little thin in my opinion.

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