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Release date: 3 February 2014
Style: Death metal

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Disc I
01. Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel
02. Furor Divinus
03. Messe Noire
04. Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer
05. Amen
06. The Satanist
07. Ben Sahar
08. In The Absence Ov Light
09. O Father O Satan O Sun!
10. Ludzie Wschodu [Siekiera cover] [Australian bonus]

Disc II [DVD] [deluxe box set version]
01. Live Barbarossa
    1 - Intro
    2 - Ov Fire And The Void
    3 - Demigod
    4 - Moonspell Rites
    5 - Conquer All
    6 - Christians To The Lions
    7 - The Seed Ov I
    8 - Alas, Lord Is Upon Me
    9 - Decade Of ΘΕΡΙΟΝ
    10 - At The Left Hand Ov God
    11 - Slaves Shall Serve
    12 - Chant For ΕΣΧΗΑΤΟΝ 2000
    13 - 23 (The Youth Manifesto)
    14 - Lucifer
02. The Satanist: Oblivion

Top 20 albums of 2014: 10

Review
Lyrics (9)


Line-up
Adam "Nergal" Darski - guitars, vocals
Zbigniew Robert "Inferno" Promiński - drums
Tomasz "Orion" Wróblewski - bass, backing vocals
Patryk Dominik "Seth" Sztyber - guitars, backing vocals

Guest musicians
Michał Łapaj - hammond organ

Session musicians
Artur Jurek - orchestral arrangements
Krzysztof "Siegmar" Oloś - samples
Jan Galbas - backing vocals
Marcin Janek - saxophone
Pawel Hulisz - trumpet, flugelhorn
Michał Szcerba - French horn
Łukasz Łacny - French horn
Bogdan Kwiatek - trombone
Michał Mieczkowski - bass trombone
Alicja Leoniuk-Kit - cello
Magda Miotke-Bajerska - cello
Grażyna Michalec - cello


Additional info
Deluxe box set includes:
  • Black 10" boxset (with gold hot foil & UV gloss lamination).
  • CD/DVD digibook in silver mirror slipcase (44 page booklet).
  • Supersize posterflag (approx 3x5 feet).
  • Black wooden inverted rosary cross.
  • Metal pin.
  • Black communion waffles in black envelope.

    Produced by Behemoth.
    Co-produced by Wojtek and Sławek Wiesławscy and Daniel Bergstrand.
    Engineered by Wojtek and Sławek Wiesławscy.
    Drum tech by Urban Näsvall.
    Recorded at Hertz Studio by Wojtek and Sławek Wiesławscy, February-June 2013 e.v.
    Additional recording at Dug-Out, Radio Gdańsk, Sounsgreat Studio.
    Mixed by Matt Hyde at Hideaway Studio, Los Angeles, August-September 2013 e.v.
    Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, New York, September-October 2013 e.v.

    All art and calligraphy by Denis Forkas.

    The excerpt from Witold Gombrowicz's 'Ślub' in the song 'In The Abscence Ov Light' used with the kind permission of Rita Gombrowicz.

  • Staff review by
    wormdrink414

    Rating:
    6.0
    Not too many bands could throw a spoken-word, Kenny G sax muzak thing into the middle of a song called "In The Absence Ov Light" and not get laughed away into obscurity. Behemoth can get away with shit like that. They're just too cool to be dismissed. They sound cool and, with a theatrical sense that rivals well over half a Lady Gaga, they LOOK cool. I mean, I'm not gay, but I'd let Nergal and Orion double team me if they still want to.

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    published 12.02.2014 | Comments (214)

    Staff pick by
    Daniell

    03.02.2014 Starting with Demigod, Behemoth's albums became more and more soulless. Faster, more brutal, better produced, but devoid of feelings. But no more. This one is spontaneous, wild, unhinged and unpredictable. It has more music than brutality, more feeling than calculation. A fantastic treat.

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    ManiacBlasphemer - 09.02.2014 at 02:37  
    Rating: 10 Wow, I read someone saying that the lyrics are stupid. Well, expecting something different than the overall trademark of Behemoth is entirely out of the question, but stupid? The only song that really has stupid lyrics is the self titled one. The rest have some of the most inteligent lyrics you could ever find.

    Here is an in depth review of lyrical meanings for all songs:

    http://www.steelforbrains.com/post/75844795838/behemoth-the-satanist

    Now, off to the music, I think that this album represents the identity of Behemoth. It is clear that, unlike other albums where the gang preferred to go all out brutal, this one has some consistency and it is more dynamic. Somebody here called it 'organic' which is a very nice word for this record.

    If anything, The Satanist is Behemoth's best, not only because of the concepts behind the lyrics, but musical-wise too. While it is still way too soon to call it the best album of the year, it is a serious contender for that place.
    Hex_Omega - 09.02.2014 at 11:19  
    Rating: 7 It looks like this album is a "hate it or love it" one, but to be honest I don't know why. This album is not as controversial as some people think. For me its just a typical Behemoth album. They have not changed their style. This is still Blackened Death Metal, a bit more blackish this time, nothing new.
    Risto - 09.02.2014 at 11:25  
      Firmly heading to the Top 200 of All Time list. If this is really that good according to most people then I don't think I'll bother with the rest of the catalog.
    !J.O.O.E.! - 09.02.2014 at 13:21  
    Rating: 5
    Written by Risto on 09.02.2014 at 11:25

    Firmly heading to the Top 200 of All Time list. If this is really that good according to most people then I don't think I'll bother with the rest of the catalog.

    You'd be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't check out Zos Kia Cultus. Great record that.
    Mr. Doctor - 09.02.2014 at 13:57  
      Disservice is an understatement... Honestly, who would say "this album is great, I won't bother with the rest of the potentially great catalogue". Huh?
    Cynic Metalhead - 09.02.2014 at 15:56  
    Rating: 6
    Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 06.02.2014 at 16:28

    Written by Nick K. on 06.02.2014 at 16:01

    Is it really that bad, because you rate it with a 5?

    5 = extremely average and mediocre, not "bad". Competent musicianship, understanding of instrumentation and orchestration but almost no quality and memorable songwriting or variation. I imagine that's how Marcel feels about this, because that's certainly how I do.


    It's amusing that one of the staff picked up this record and rated it 9 while guys you have rated it extremely average. No no, i'm not heating up the flame and have a fight. I'm totally with you on this.

    The Satanist doesn't have anything except of groovy elements in some songs. Groovy elements.

    If you comparing with Zos Kia and Satanica, this is worse than Demigod(I found it, well, good).
    Risto - 09.02.2014 at 16:03  
     
    Written by Mr. Doctor on 09.02.2014 at 13:57

    Honestly, who would say "this album is great, I won't bother with the rest of the potentially great catalogue". Huh?

    Except this album isn't great Could've worded that post better to be honest.

    Written by Cynic Metalhead on 09.02.2014 at 15:56

    The Satanist doesn't have anything except of groovy elements in some songs. Groovy elements.

    Pretty much the problem here, at least the opening track is interesting.
    Mr. Doctor - 09.02.2014 at 16:08  
     
    Written by Risto on 09.02.2014 at 16:03

    Written by Mr. Doctor on 09.02.2014 at 13:57

    Honestly, who would say "this album is great, I won't bother with the rest of the potentially great catalogue". Huh?

    Except this album isn't great


    I completely missunderstood your post then. Sorry, but back to the topic: You should really check out Satanica, Thelema and Zos Kia Cultus (the last one being my personal favorite). Easily their best triology of balanced and solid black/death metal.
    s_t_s - 09.02.2014 at 16:41  
    Rating: 9 Been listening to Demigod, The Apostasy and Evangelion again and there's no doubt I think Behemoth is missing something on this new album Will check older releases instead, maybe I'll get that "rage and power" feeling again
    Unhealer - 09.02.2014 at 20:04  
    Rating: 9
    Written by darska to pizda on 09.02.2014 at 20:02

    [comment deleted]


    So damn clever.
    Marcel Hubregtse - 09.02.2014 at 20:29  
    Rating: 5
    Written by darska to pizda on 09.02.2014 at 20:02

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    You know, brain dead morons like you are called 'dark ass to pizza'? Someone said you lost your last functionin brain cell to another braind dead moron, namely Varg. Is it true. Your posting total shit! So-DIE 'dark ass pizza'!
    Daniell - 09.02.2014 at 21:41  
    Rating: 9
    Written by darska to pizda on 09.02.2014 at 20:02

    [comment deleted]


    No he isn't you fucking cunt. Fuck off and die.
    Nick K. - 10.02.2014 at 00:07  
     
    Written by darska to pizda on 09.02.2014 at 20:02

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    How childish and retarted.
    Karlabos - 10.02.2014 at 00:10  
     
    Written by darska to pizda on 09.02.2014 at 20:02

    [comment deleted]

    You took the time to make a profile and log in just to post that? o.o
    Troy Killjoy - 10.02.2014 at 02:16  
    Rating: 6 Good job feeding the troll everyone. Now let's get back to bitching about how bad this is or jerking off over its brilliance.
    DyingWorld - 10.02.2014 at 04:34  
      I have yet to listen to this album in full but what I have heard from it sounds like their most interesting work since "Demigod."
    Troy Killjoy - 10.02.2014 at 09:37  
    Rating: 6 Finally listened to this (twice) - can't explain the hype, the rating, or the hate. Behemoth's best in over a decade but too inconsistent and mundane at times to be considered a masterpiece.
    !J.O.O.E.! - 10.02.2014 at 13:19  
    Rating: 5
    Written by Troy Killjoy on 10.02.2014 at 09:37

    Finally listened to this (twice) - can't explain the hype, the rating, or the hate. Behemoth's best in over a decade but too inconsistent and mundane at times to be considered a masterpiece.

    I don't think "hate" is necessarily accurate. Criticism probably just looks like hate when reflected off the deluge of blind-love going on here.
    Daniell - 10.02.2014 at 15:06  
    Rating: 9
    Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 10.02.2014 at 13:19

    I don't think "hate" is necessarily accurate. Criticism probably just looks like hate when reflected off the deluge of blind-love going on here.


    Love can be blind, but criticism can't?
    !J.O.O.E.! - 10.02.2014 at 15:08  
    Rating: 5
    Written by Daniell on 10.02.2014 at 15:06

    Love can be blind, but criticism can't?

    Your're so sensitive when it comes to Behemoth
    Unhealer - 10.02.2014 at 15:32  
    Rating: 9 I get Joe's point, but I don't see much blind-love going on here really.
    Leave that for bands that whatever they release, they get the highest ratings every time; but I think that in Behemoth's case the general consensus is that they've been releasing mediocre records lately and this was honestly surprise for a lot of us.
    !J.O.O.E.! - 10.02.2014 at 15:34  
    Rating: 5
    Written by Unhealer on 10.02.2014 at 15:32

    I get Joe's point, but I don't see much blind-love going on here really.
    Leave that for bands that whatever they release, they get the highest ratings every time; but I think that in Behemoth's case the general consensus is that they've been releasing mediocre records lately and this was honestly surprise for a lot of us.

    Well the last 3 albums before this all have scores way higher than they deserve, so from my perspective there's some serious impaired vision going on But if it makes everyone happier I retract my statement about people being blind.
    Daniell - 10.02.2014 at 15:38  
    Rating: 9
    Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 10.02.2014 at 15:08

    Written by Daniell on 10.02.2014 at 15:06

    Love can be blind, but criticism can't?

    Your're so sensitive when it comes to Behemoth


    Nope. Behemoth doesn't even rank among my favourite bands. I'm sensitive about double standards though
    !J.O.O.E.! - 10.02.2014 at 15:42  
    Rating: 5
    Written by Daniell on 10.02.2014 at 15:38


    Nope. Behemoth doesn't even rank among my favourite bands. I'm sensitive about double standards though

    Not really double standards. Nearly 50% of the scores are 10s. Only 2 4s given out of the 200+ votes. From someone who finds this mediocre it's reasonable to assume I would think blind adoration is certainly part of the reason there are so many 10s. However no matter your position you couldn't argue there's hate going on here. Not with so few scores below 6.
    Troy Killjoy - 10.02.2014 at 15:46  
    Rating: 6
    Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 10.02.2014 at 15:42
    Not really double standards. Nearly 50% of the scores are 10s. Only 2 4s given out of the 200+ votes. From someone who finds this mediocre it's reasonable to assume I would think blind adoration is certainly part of the reason there are so many 10s. However no matter your position you couldn't argue there's hate going on here. Not with so few scores below 6.

    You do have a point there - I suppose hate wasn't the right word (or it was, but only in the context of this specific thread based on the comments like you said). Either way, I'm actually a little disappointed this album didn't grab me the way it seems to have grabbed most of our users (and apparently the rest of the world). This is hardly even a step up from Evangelion.
    !J.O.O.E.! - 10.02.2014 at 15:47  
    Rating: 5
    Written by Troy Killjoy on 10.02.2014 at 15:46

    You do have a point there - I suppose hate wasn't the right word (or it was, but only in the context of this specific thread based on the comments like you said). Either way, I'm actually a little disappointed this album didn't grab me the way it seems to have grabbed most of our users (and apparently the rest of the world). This is hardly even a step up from Evangelion.

    More of a side step really. A different kind of "meh"
    Troy Killjoy - 10.02.2014 at 15:49  
    Rating: 6 We share similar opinions only I think I hold both albums in slightly higher esteem.
    !J.O.O.E.! - 10.02.2014 at 15:50  
    Rating: 5 Ok, I find this "very meh"
    Unhealer - 10.02.2014 at 16:28  
    Rating: 9
    Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 10.02.2014 at 15:34

    Well the last 3 albums before this all have scores way higher than they deserve, so from my perspective there's some serious impaired vision going on But if it makes everyone happier I retract my statement about people being blind.


    What I meant is that I don't see hate towards this album as much as I don't see blind fanboyism for it for the reason I mentioned. This comes from my own experience talking to Behemoth enthusiast about their current state as a band, leaving out metal storm's album ratings which do not always reflect the overall opinion accurately.
    I agree with you that those three albums are rated a bit higher that they should. Maybe Demigod is accurate since lots of Behemoth followers love this album, I personally disregard it's musical values a bit due to flawed production
    !J.O.O.E.! - 10.02.2014 at 16:33  
    Rating: 5
    Written by Unhealer on 10.02.2014 at 16:28


    What I meant is that I don't see hate towards this album as much as I don't see blind fanboyism for it for the reason I mentioned. This comes from my own experience talking to Behemoth enthusiast about their current state as a band, leaving out metal storm's album ratings which do not always reflect the overall opinion accurately.
    I agree with you that those three albums are rated a bit higher that they should. Maybe Demigod is accurate since lots of Behemoth followers love this album, I personally disregard it's musical values a bit due to flawed production

    I dunno, but to me with this album it feels like Behemoth has become one of those bands. Hype + prolific voters and commenters + massive acclaim surrounding what I regard as something not special my natural conclusion is to think something is a bit awry. Maybe not blind love, but some people getting caught up in the furore surrounding it. Granted, this thread isn't a Winterun level fanboy ejaculation, so I'll give the fans that at least
    BitterCOld - 10.02.2014 at 20:24  
      Hi children. play nice. if someone says something you disagree with, that's their right.

    if flat out offensive, respond sarcastically and notify your local mod so we can wipe the offending remarks (and poster) from the space-time continuum.
    Neroese - 10.02.2014 at 21:01  
      Wow. Wow. Wow.

    Wow. Wow. Wow.

    Wow. Wow. Wow.

    So much The. So much Satanist. So Much Behemoth.

    But I actually liked this one. Sounds very good for me (while I don't like blackened death much), and ocasional orchestrations catches me!
    Ace Frawley - 11.02.2014 at 04:20  
    Rating: 10 Haven't heard this album but the thread is interesting, because it showcases the predictability of Marcel and !J.O.O.E.! joining in to rain on the parade of a group of people who love an album. Happens a lot.
    !J.O.O.E.! - 11.02.2014 at 10:15  
    Rating: 5
    Written by Ace Frawley on 11.02.2014 at 04:20

    Haven't heard this album but the thread is interesting, because it showcases the predictability of Marcel and !J.O.O.E.! joining in to rain on the parade of a group of people who love an album. Happens a lot.

    Almost as predictable as people who moan about other people that don't agree with the popular opinion
    Dentura - 11.02.2014 at 11:28  
    Rating: 9 I'm liking this album the more I listen to it. It's left me with a much more satisfied feeling than Evangelion, which I personally felt was more run-of-the-mill Behemoth, with an occasional standout here and there, but that's just me. Glad I bought this one.
    Lethrokai - 11.02.2014 at 14:31  
    Rating: 7 Hmm... I don't really care much for this album.

    However, if this album does well enough to secure a permanent spot in the Top 200 before the competition for the "Top List of the Year" really kicks off, I'll be happy.

    It would be nice to see something from AFTER 2010 finally getting on there, even if I don't personally believe in the choice myself. Personally, I find it to be a well deserved "Fuck You" to those vote-abusers who spam 1's on everything that "contests" their favourites.
    BloodJuNkie - 11.02.2014 at 14:59  
    Rating: 6 Not a fan of Behemoth, but i'll give it a listen. It entered the top 200 albums of all time list after 1 week of its release so i'm expecting something astonishing!
    Don_Morita - 11.02.2014 at 18:23  
    Rating: 10 Just great! The Satanist made it easily into my top 20 Albums of all time. I always loved Behemoth, but this Album is different. A lot of diversity in the compositions, from brutal Black Metal Assaults to slowly rumbling Death Metal Songs. The solos on this Album are also great. Just listen to the one in the song "The Satanist", or in Messe Noir. There is so much emotion in this album, that I have to bow down before the kings of Blackened Death Metal. This is one of my favorites this year for sure. Hail Behemoth, you set yourself a monument!
    Neshat - 11.02.2014 at 18:33  
    Rating: 7 Top albums of all time : 56 ! really ?? :|
    I can't understand why this album get the 8.9 rating , good album but doesn't deserve 8.9 . track 4 and 6 are really good but rest of songs are just ok and nothing more
    Fallen Ghost - 11.02.2014 at 18:50  
    Rating: 9 Wow, this sounds superb! I have never been into Behemoth before or liked them, but this actually changed my mind. A brilliant combination between brutality and well composed music, and just when you feel you've had enough of all the brutal stuffs, it smoothly breaks in with awesome melodies. Only thing I didn't like too much is the speaking, it sounds a little out of the mix (if you can put it that way) and it's quite performed without feelings. Feels a little unnatural. Else it's awesome. Heard the entire album once, looking forward to listen more to it. Might be a buy!
    tea[m]ster - 11.02.2014 at 22:52  
      I suppose I should see what all the hoopla is about...
    deadone - 12.02.2014 at 00:10  
    Rating: 6
    Written by tea[m]ster on 11.02.2014 at 22:52

    I suppose I should see what all the hoopla is about...


    I'm waiting for someone to upload it to Youtube and it doesn't get taken down straight away.
    BloodJuNkie - 12.02.2014 at 00:55  
    Rating: 6
    Written by Neshat on 11.02.2014 at 18:33

    Top albums of all time : 56 ! really ?? :|
    I can't understand why this album get the 8.9 rating , good album but doesn't deserve 8.9 . track 4 and 6 are really good but rest of songs are just ok and nothing more


    Agreed, i like the solos in this album and "Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer" is my favorite track. The other songs are just groovey. :/
    Lit. - 12.02.2014 at 01:01  
      Holy score inflation, Batman!
    deadone - 12.02.2014 at 01:03  
    Rating: 6
    Written by Neshat on 11.02.2014 at 18:33

    Top albums of all time : 56 ! really ?? :|
    I can't understand why this album get the 8.9 rating , good album but doesn't deserve 8.9 . track 4 and 6 are really good but rest of songs are just ok and nothing more


    Just noticed this post.

    That's absurd. I couldn't care if it was the new Iced Earth album being there at number 56.

    I don't think any new albums should be on the Top 200 albums of all time. Maybe there should be a 1-2 year moratorium?
    Dentura - 12.02.2014 at 01:12  
    Rating: 9 Even though I really like this album, I agree that it shouldn't be on the Top 200 of all time or anything (at least not yet). No new album should really be up there until it solidifies its place in mainstream consciousness, not just one week after it comes out.
    Ace Frawley - 12.02.2014 at 09:58  
    Rating: 10 Gonna get this to see what all the hype is about. Never heard any Behemoth before, so go into it with clean ears. Looking at pictures of them, they look like total freaks but I'll just focus on the music. Not into the whole satan stuff either, that's all pretty g&y, I reckon.
    Heka69 - 12.02.2014 at 13:33  
    Rating: 7 For some reason I really love the mixing of this album. Like, I really adore it, so warm and yet so gloomy.
    The opening tracks opens the album real nicely. I hadn't listened the single but I recognized the name, so I expected something... well, something that I could expect, but it was something else. Slow, but not as boring as Lucifer, and then it turns into Apostasy-esque fast riffage. It was good.
    And so is the rest of the album. I didn't really get into Evangelion, but for the few times I have now listened to this I think it's better than okay. Not a groundbreaking masterpiece, but if they have improved their live-performance from what they were last time I saw them, I'm sure to enjoy it. Might even purchase the album just for the moody atmosphere.

    I think anyone with an actual sense of music would agree that this clearly is not the album of all years, but c'mon, the top 200 is already filled with overrated old-school heavy and Metallica, so with the hype behind this release it was to be expected to receive somewhat too warm welcome.
    Alex Fenger - 12.02.2014 at 16:58  
    Rating: 5 The fact that this has an 8.9 is absolute absurdity. Not really worth more than a 4.5. One of the more snooze-worthy albums of 2014
    Hex_Omega - 12.02.2014 at 21:50  
    Rating: 7
    Written by Alex Fenger on 12.02.2014 at 16:58

    The fact that this has an 8.9 is absolute absurdity.

    I felt the same about new Mechina album. But now that album is ranked 8.3 not 8.9 (fortunately )

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