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Review: Behemoth - Demigod

Label: Regain Records
Year released: 2004
Duration: 40:47
Tracks: 10
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: July 27, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 3.95/5 (78.95%) (38 Votes)

This album got a lot of good press last year, and I think it deserved a lot of it, but overall, after the furor has died down, I don't think this disc is quite as good as it seemed at first spin. Behemoth have been shape shifting into a Death Metal band for some years now, and "Demigod" is yet another step along the way, in fact it may be the last one, as there is no sign of their old BM sound here anymore at all.

On close listening, "Demigod" just is not quite as good as the splendid "Zos Kia Cultus". There are some killer fucking riffs here, as on "Conquer All" or the awesome "Before The Aeons Came", but if you listen under all the laid-on brutality, the riffs on this album are largely simpler and less involved than on older albums. Often Behemoth seem to be trying to blast right over them in their zeal to be fast and brutal. This is a very good album, but the riffs lack a certain depth. And what the fuck is up with the vocals? I didn't like the overuse of effects on "Zos Kia Cultus", but here they have gone completely off the map, and turned Nergal's once-mighty bellow into a festoon of triple-tracked and processed nonsense, which is yet again mixed too loud. Who can possibly understand anything he's roaring when there are fifteen of him washed through the Pro Tools? The vocal effects are simply too much.

So this is a good album: heavy, furious, and ambitious. But it seems to lack something in comparison with albums like "Zos Kia Cultus" and "Thelema 6". I'm not claiming "Demigod" is terrible, or even average, but after the fellating this album got, we might want to settle down a bit and proclaim it 'good' rather than 'godly'. 'Demi-godly' perhaps?

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