Sound — 9
Poland's Behemoth plays a style of blackened death metal, though that term is really starting to be overused. To sum it up better for their latest Metal Blade release, Evangelion, Behemoth plays extreme blackened death metal at its maximum performance. Evangelion is the most technical release by Behemoth, and the band has made sure to keep the Satanism, thrash riffs, and pounding brutality that has enjoyed success on their previous releases. Like a band should, Behemoth keeps getting better and better. Evangelion opens with Daimomos and completely annihilates all in sight! From the song's opening black metal melodies to Inferno's insane blast beats, this song really sets the pace for Evangelion. Key in Nergal with chants of All hail Dionysis!! in the chorus, and you've got this driving force that isn't slowing down for anybody. Songs such as the current single, Ov Fire And The Void display excellent black metal riffs counter attacked with brutality and blast beats in the intro, and like expected, the song expands into a giant. Those satanic touches the band adds with their guitar tones are incredible, and the sound on Ov Fire And The Void seriously unleashes the beast in many ways! The Seed Ov I is another beast of its own, where the intro I can see a Gojira influence (knowing the 2 bands are close, and have toured together before), giving those chugging low end extreme tones and high pick scrapes, but not to copycat Behemoth also add on their black metal tones to the assault. The band's technicality sure shines on this one, for the guitar solo rips faces apart, the drumming is everywhere, and the way The Seed Ov I is structured is pure evil brilliance. With all of Evangelion's extreme tactics, Behemoth can and will still slay you slowly with the blasphemous and doomy album closer, Lucifer. What a brilliant way to end the album, and Lucifer truly leaves listeners hungry for more. Do give a lot of credit to Colin Richardson for his ace production, for the sound on Evangelion makes it a trve masterpiece.
Lyrics — 8
Nergal and the authority he unleashes to the masses have always been incredible from both a studio and live perspective. His command continues to grow stronger, and with the growth of Evangelion, Nergal's signature attack will be known. The man makes sure Behemoth's message gets across, and he [Nergal] shines in songs such as Ov Fire And The Void, which recently the music video was banned from youtube, but thanks courtesy of Metal Blade Records, the uncensored version can still be spread to the masses. Evangelion is Nergal at his purest, nastiest, evilest, and best.
Overall Impression — 9
Through strong consistency, dedication, and force, I had very high expectations for Behemoth's latest, Evangelion, as I'm sure many others did, too. With already a high reputation in the metal scene and Evangelion being the band's ninth studio album, the release does not stop once with its epic, face ripping, and blasphemous attack! I know Evangelion is Behemoth at their best, and in the words of Nergal, I've never been happy with any of our albums before, which is kind of weird, but it's very hard for me to achieve any kind of fulfillment or satisfaction. This time, I have no problems putting this album in the car stereo and just banging my head and enjoying it as if I was a fan. And oh yes, fans from all over will be banging their heads to this one. From Behemoth's previous works, Evangelion is faster, heavier, and more sadistic. Even newcomers to the Behemoth realm will thoroughly enjoy this release, as I'm positive the recent Mayhem Fest 2009 they are on has exposed the band to the masses even more. Well, with the commercial success of Mayhem or not, Behemoth is still keeping it real, and as evil as possible.