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Review: Behemoth - Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond)
Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond)

Label: Olympic Recordings
Year released: 2002
Duration: 44:19
Tracks: 12
Genre: Black/Death

Rating: 5/5

Review online: May 9, 2003
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond)

Rated 4.12/5 (82.38%) (42 Votes)

There’s already two reviews for this CD on here, so I’m just grinding the bone I suppose, but I give perfect ratings for death so rarely I felt like I had to add my opinion. Behemoth have been around a long time, and this is their umpteenth release. By now everybody knows they were a black metal band way back when, and are now called a black/death band. Bullshit.

Maybe coming to this cold, never having heard them before, colors my opinion, I don’t know. But it’s perfectly obvious that this is death metal all the way. Behemoth’s sound is about 50% old Morbid Angel, about 25%Deicide’s first CD and the other 25% is "Reign In Blood"-era Slayer. But I don’t care how derivative this is, and you won’t either, because none of the bands mentioned have ever kicked this much ass. Okay, "Reign" is still a masterpiece, but this comes really, really close. We’ll just have to see how it stands up 15 years from now. But make no mistakes and ignore the so-so reviews: "Zos Kia Kultus" rules. Furious guitar barrages broken up by chunky death-riffs from hell, Nergal’s hateful yet intelligible roar, and the almost unbelievable drumwork of skinsman Inferno. Whew! The drums on this CD are the best part, and are really what punches this up from a 4.5 to a perfect score. I simply cannot see what else anyone could want out of a death metal CD. If you don’t have a hard-on by track 2, something is terribly, terribly wrong with you.

Art design on the CD is really outstanding, with the Babylonian motif carried throughout. The lyrics are really cool, but I could have done without the self-indulgent liner notes. Who cares where the song ideas came from? Not me. Let the songs speak for themselves.

This is a great CD, with everything a death metal fan could want. If you have ever wished that Morbid Angel would play heavier, that Deicide would slow the hell down, or that "Reign in Blood" had modern production, you will like this a lot. Heed me, I speak the truth.

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