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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

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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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    Deadmeat - 27.03.2014 at 11:56  
    Rating: 8
    Written by psykometal on 27.03.2014 at 10:51

    Written by Deadmeat on 27.03.2014 at 10:25

    I just started listening to this album.... it seems really average, cant find great moments on it yet. i just find it hard to believe that it tends to have a greater rating than Zos Kia Cultus which is probably THE masterpiece of this band...

    It has a higher rating partially because it's new, so there's a lot of people upvoting it to keep it high in the 2014 MS Charts. God only knows how many of those 300+ accounts are ghost accounts created for the sole purpose of manipulating the Charts. Sad show effect of popularity contests.

    well of course i know that... i guess it's gonna take a long time till the rating drops to 8,3 or 8,2 and i am not sure if this is going to happen. and this is realy unfair for their really great albums (which have a low rating btw)
    Ornusashas - 06.04.2014 at 02:47  
    Rating: 10 This album is a perfect mix of classic Behemoth emotion and new Behemoth atmosphere and composition. Never have I heard Inferno rock out as hard as Frost. And never have I heard Nergal communicate his message so powerfully. Well done.
    Lethrokai - 09.04.2014 at 23:13  
    Rating: 7
    Written by psykometal on 27.03.2014 at 10:51

    It has a higher rating partially because it's new, so there's a lot of people upvoting it to keep it high in the 2014 MS Charts. God only knows how many of those 300+ accounts are ghost accounts created for the sole purpose of manipulating the Charts. Sad show effect of popularity contests.


    At least it's not as bad as the people who decide that giving their favourite album a 10 isn't enough, and end up giving every other album near it on the charts a low score.
    psykometal - 10.04.2014 at 00:02  
     
    Written by Lethrokai on 09.04.2014 at 23:13

    At least it's not as bad as the people who decide that giving their favourite album a 10 isn't enough, and end up giving every other album near it on the charts a low score.

    Oh, I'm sure there's plenty of that going on. How else do you think it's constantly bouncing in and out of the #1 spot...
    God Alone - 15.04.2014 at 13:20  
    Rating: 7 The hype is already deflating, I think. Still a pretty solid album, just usual Behemoth. Glad to see Nergal back in shape.
    Ace Frawley - 15.04.2014 at 13:39  
    Rating: 10 Totally in love with Inferno's drumming on this album. Great stuff.
    God Buster 鬼 - 24.04.2014 at 19:04  
      Naming a black metal album The Satanist is like naming your penis - "willy".
    NocturnalStalker - 04.05.2014 at 17:38  
    Rating: 9 After giving this album a lot more listens I changed my opinion. I must confess I positively love it! It feels like Nergal had put all the negative energy he'd stored up in the time of his sickness and unleashed it in the form of this sonic Inferno.
    Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer and The Satanist are now two of my favourite Behemoth tracks ever. As for the other songs - I think they are also quite good, to say the least.
    Ace Frawley - 05.05.2014 at 05:47  
    Rating: 10
    Written by NocturnalStalker on 04.05.2014 at 17:38

    After giving this album a lot more listens I changed my opinion. I must confess I positively love it! It feels like Nergal had put all the negative energy he'd stored up in the time of his sickness and unleashed it in the form of this sonic Inferno.
    Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer and The Satanist are now two of my favourite Behemoth tracks ever. As for the other songs - I think they are also quite good, to say the least.


    I suspect some people didn't give this album a chance. Just one listen or two is not enough to fully appreciate it. I know some people on here might jump down my throat for saying that but I believe it to be true for most people. It takes time, i.e. repeated listens, to fully appreciate something as good as this. If you can like or dislike an album or song from the beginning, then you are probably listening to bubblegum pop music.
    NocturnalStalker - 05.05.2014 at 18:36  
    Rating: 9
    Written by Ace Frawley on 05.05.2014 at 05:47

    I suspect some people didn't give this album a chance. Just one listen or two is not enough to fully appreciate it. I know some people on here might jump down my throat for saying that but I believe it to be true for most people. It takes time, i.e. repeated listens, to fully appreciate something as good as this. If you can like or dislike an album or song from the beginning, then you are probably listening to bubblegum pop music.

    I couldn't possibly agree more with you on this...
    !J.O.O.E.! - 06.05.2014 at 01:39  
    Rating: 5 The "oh but people didn't give it enough listens to be able to fully understand it" argument is really one of the most tired and moot arguments on here one listen is enough to know whether or not one can like something, especially something like this which is hardly rocket surgery. Familiarity does not always equal increased quality.
    Ace Frawley - 06.05.2014 at 05:26  
    Rating: 10
    Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 06.05.2014 at 01:39

    The "oh but people didn't give it enough listens to be able to fully understand it" argument is really one of the most tired and moot arguments on here one listen is enough to know whether or not one can like something, especially something like this which is hardly rocket surgery. Familiarity does not always equal increased quality.


    Each to their own then, but I asked a while back for some people to give me other bands or albums in this same sub-genre that they would rate a lot higher, so I can have a listen. I'm not being smart about this - I'm being genuine in that if someone like you rates this a 5 and is a fan of this style of music, then I'd love to hear something you rate a 8, 9 or 10. You can send me suggestions privately if you like.
    Ace Frawley - 06.05.2014 at 05:26  
    Rating: 10
    Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 06.05.2014 at 01:39

    The "oh but people didn't give it enough listens to be able to fully understand it" argument is really one of the most tired and moot arguments on here one listen is enough to know whether or not one can like something, especially something like this which is hardly rocket surgery. Familiarity does not always equal increased quality.


    Each to their own then, but I asked a while back for some people to give me other bands or albums in this same sub-genre that they would rate a lot higher, so I can have a listen. I'm not being smart about this - I'm being genuine in that if someone like you rates this a 5 and is a fan of this style of music, then I'd love to hear something you rate a 8, 9 or 10. You can send me suggestions privately if you like.
    Unhealer - 06.05.2014 at 06:06  
    Rating: 9
    Written by Ace Frawley on 05.05.2014 at 05:47

    I suspect some people didn't give this album a chance. Just one listen or two is not enough to fully appreciate it. I know some people on here might jump down my throat for saying that but I believe it to be true for most people. It takes time, i.e. repeated listens, to fully appreciate something as good as this. If you can like or dislike an album or song from the beginning, then you are probably listening to bubblegum pop music.


    I get you, but with one listen you can determine at least whether you *could* like it or not. It happened to me that I listened to an album/band and didn't like it, but something made me suspect it deserved more listens and only because of that it's that I did and ended up liking it.
    But you know, if I put a Justin Bieber album I'll know after a couple of songs I'm not going to like it and that won't change even if I listen to it five more times.

    It also happens that you are not in a point where you can enjoy the music yet and trying after a few years may be rewarding
    Lit. - 06.05.2014 at 06:29  
     
    Written by Ace Frawley on 06.05.2014 at 05:26

    Each to their own then,

    That argument's even worse.
    deadone - 06.05.2014 at 06:35  
    Rating: 6 Personally 1 listen determinations are usually preferred genre orientated. I can tell from 1 listen of say a BM album that I don't like it cause I don't like BM.

    The only other instances are where the music instantly grates with me - Lost Society is an example.

    Anything in the spectrum of genres I do like that isn't instantly shit requires several listenings to determine whether I truly like it or indeed how much I like it (e.g. new Morbus Chron required several listenings to determine it wasn't my cup of tea).

    Just my personal experience.

    Personally Satanist fits in the "not my genre, so don't like it after 1 listen." I thought it had some ok bits though, enough to warrant a 6.
    !J.O.O.E.! - 06.05.2014 at 13:21  
    Rating: 5
    Written by Ace Frawley on 06.05.2014 at 05:26

    Each to their own then, but I asked a while back for some people to give me other bands or albums in this same sub-genre that they would rate a lot higher, so I can have a listen. I'm not being smart about this - I'm being genuine in that if someone like you rates this a 5 and is a fan of this style of music, then I'd love to hear something you rate a 8, 9 or 10. You can send me suggestions privately if you like.

    Well my issue with the album is that I found it to be a very floaty, aimless style of playing that felt like it wasn't being backed up enough by clever and memorable song writing, so for specific examples it would be hard to say. Just the general modern black metal market really. Deathspell Omega, Svart Crown, even Watain etc. I found quite a lot of that dissonant, avant-garde-esque riffing here which is something I usually like but in this instance it felt very forcefully inserted. I kind of wish it did sound like something else more specifically instead of an amalgamation of lots of different bands I enjoy. It's not like I'm picking on Behemoth for their name though, there's been quite a few bands that have tried to be clever and have failed in my eyes, such as Dodecahedron or this year's Murmur. Technically impressive but ultimately not memorable or musical to my ears, or sometimes even downright cold and sterile that doesn't resonate with me at all.
    Ace Frawley - 06.05.2014 at 22:49  
    Rating: 10
    Written by Lit. on 06.05.2014 at 06:29

    Written by Ace Frawley on 06.05.2014 at 05:26

    Each to their own then,

    That argument's even worse.


    It's not an argumant, dickwad, it's just conceding that people are different.
    Lit. - 06.05.2014 at 23:00  
     
    Written by Ace Frawley on 06.05.2014 at 22:49

    It's not an argument, dickwad, it's just conceding that people are different.

    Yes it most certainly is, and it sure as hell doesn't need to be brought every time someone likes an album other people hate. It makes you sound pretentious.

    And don't reduce this argument to your petty levels by name-calling. What are you, 12?
    Ace Frawley - 07.05.2014 at 06:55  
    Rating: 10
    Written by Lit. on 06.05.2014 at 23:00

    Written by Ace Frawley on 06.05.2014 at 22:49

    It's not an argument, dickwad, it's just conceding that people are different.

    Yes it most certainly is, and it sure as hell doesn't need to be brought every time someone likes an album other people hate. It makes you sound pretentious.

    And don't reduce this argument to your petty levels by name-calling. What are you, 12?


    Yeah, fair point there, I shouldn't have stooped to name-calling. Sorry about that. Got out on the wrong side of the bed, I think, but no excuse. But on the point about the argument of saying "each to their own" making one sound pretentious, that's not something I really understand. For me, it's a concession that it's not really worth arguing the point about something and just let the differences be accepted.
    Shinkirō - 01.06.2014 at 13:33  
      The only song I loved in the whole thing was the last one ' O Father O Satan O Sun! '... And I gotta say that's one of the best songs I've ever heard, mind you I am not a big fan of death metal nor black metal. But that one song blew me the fuck away after 8 songs of mediocre/borderline good stuff..

    6/10 would have been my rating, but the last song kinda "saved" the album for me and it gets a 7/10

    I can't stress the need to tell every metal listener you know of to listen to ' O Father O Satan O Sun! ' immediately.
    Troy Killjoy - 01.06.2014 at 19:46  
      Took the words right out of my mouth Kraterr. I seldom listen to any of these songs but love that closer. It's the same with Evangelion - I only really listen to Lucifer, the rest of the songs just don't interest me.

    I feel like my friends who only listen to singles on the radio. What am I doing with my life.
    Deadmeat - 09.06.2014 at 17:26  
    Rating: 8 Ok this is bad for behemoth imo. their worst album of the last 15 years imo. a very very low 8... only their black metal albums are worse imo...
    Ilham - 26.06.2014 at 22:00  
    Rating: 5
    Written by Shinkirō on 01.06.2014 at 13:33

    The only song I loved in the whole thing was the last one ' O Father O Satan O Sun! '... And I gotta say that's one of the best songs I've ever heard, mind you I am not a big fan of death metal nor black metal. But that one song blew me the fuck away after 8 songs of mediocre/borderline good stuff..
    6/10 would have been my rating, but the last song kinda "saved" the album for me and it gets a 7/10
    I can't stress the need to tell every metal listener you know of to listen to ' O Father O Satan O Sun! ' immediately.

    It's funny, I gave up on the album at the seventh song, and told myself "You really don't have to feel guilty for voting this a 6 without completely listening to. It's boring, doesn't have one highlight, doesn't stir my loins like some of their older work. Leave it there. And never turn back." But then I saw your comment, came back to listen to the last two songs. But that one good bit doesn't save the rest of the very stale loaf. It's still a 6 for me .
    LeKiwi - 27.06.2014 at 14:40  
    Rating: 7 It's certainly not average, but it's nothing special either. I quite enjoyed the ferocity early on in the album, probably why I gave this a 7. I think there's far too much unwarranted hate for the band.

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