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The Satanist

February 4, 2014

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: February 4, 2014
  • Release Date: February 4, 2014
  • Label: Metal Blade Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2014 Metal Blade Records Inc
  • Total Length: 44:18
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  • ASIN: B00I0QQ4ZG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,252 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Highly recommended for Behemoth and metal fans.
From Detroit
"Satanist" is one of the best metal albums in a long time and will give serious competition to other releases due this year.
Scott Hedegard
I've been a Behemoth fan for about 10 years now and this has to be one of the best, if not the best album yet!
Taylor Smith

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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful By J. Yeager on February 4, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Many years ago, my band was fortunate enough to open for these guys on the road in NJ. I became a fan after being treated so well by this Polish powerhouse. They were the best band of the night (by far) and it seems this may have actually been their first US tour, ever.

Fast forward through years of continuing to support this awesome band, worrying that I would never get to hear a new album after Nergal was diagnosed with cancer. Here I am today, now getting to review the new album I worried would never come.

Perhaps I am biased in that my views of this album may be colored by my anticipation after 4 years of wait? Perhaps my previous experience getting to meet this band and being treated well have also influenced my view? No matter the influences, I will boldly state that this is not only the best album Behemoth has ever written, but also a musical and artistic triumph for all genres of music.

So, where do I start? Well, I won't give a play by play of the album [as you must do that, yourself], but I will say that any that are worried that the best song is "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel", will be pleasantly surprised as you are treated to, not just one, but many powerful, jaw dropping musical moments. There are at least 5 songs that are every bit as good as the opener. "Blow your Trumpets..." is merely the beginning of which turns into a dark musical journey through the mind of Nergal. Yes, this album actually strongly expresses a viewpoint that seems to truly resonate clearly. No, it is not just mindless evil, as some may attest. This is intelligent, bold, expressive, majestic, sinister blackened death metal. I feel this sums it up well.

I will be bold and call this a masterpiece, because I truly feel that it is.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Brian Nallick TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 5, 2014
Format: Audio CD
I'm new to Behemoth, or should I say really late to the game.
With all the drama surrounding Nergal for the last couple of years I just had to check out the new album.
I'm glad I did.
Since I haven't heard any of the bands back catalog I have nothing to really compare this to so I'll judge it on its own.
All I can say is WOW!!!

I was going to go into a song by song breakdown buy why bother?
Every song on here is crushing.
It reminds me of old Emperor but much faster and much heavier.
My favorites are "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel", "Furor Divinus", "Amen", "Ben Sahar", "In the Absence ov Light".

I can't really comment on the lyrics...the usual satanic stuff I've been used to hearing from death metal for over twenty years now.
It's neither an addition nor a distraction for me.
That said, if you love death metal crossed with black metal than you'll like this.
Heavy.
Crushing.
Atmospheric.
Recommended.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Scott Hedegard on February 12, 2014
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Nergal aka Adam Darsky, leader of Poland's Behemoth, the most brutal band from that country, and probably most others, certainly had his trials and tribulations between "Evangelion", the previous beast of an album, that until now was the band's high water mark and "Satanist". His well publicized bout with leukemia and very fortunate recovery from it thanks to a successful bone marrow transplant and the support of metal fans worldwide has seemingly injected new vigor and vitality into him.
"Satanist" is one of the best metal albums in a long time and will give serious competition to other releases due this year. Behemoth tread a very thin line between black and death metal, and this time seem to veer ever so slightly toward death, which means a slightly tighter sound and some actual hooks here and there, plus some spoken word bits, in Polish and English and even keyboards. But don't mistake this for wimping out. Nergal has streamlined his attack, smoothed out a few rough edges and created an album other bands in the genre will be quick to imitate because it's raised the bar for that type of metal far over most bands' heads. Immortal is supposedly doing a new album this year, and they are likely one of the few to be capable of being in the same company.
Musically, there are more distinct guitar lines, and the buzz saw approach that defines black metal has been refined into a well produced masterpiece where all the parts are audible and as stated before, a few hooks here and there help hold the proceedings together without compromising the Behemoth sound.
It's that change that makes "Satanist" so good. While I like "Evangelion" and "Demigod" as well as anything, those albums could be difficult to listen to if you weren't in the mood for pure unrelenting bombast.
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Zvi on February 4, 2014
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So I've listened all the way through BEHEMOTH!'s new album The Satanist a few times, and here are my thoughts:

It's good. Really good. No question. And a lot of the reviews have been glowing, which I'd say is mostly deserved. The playing is perfectly tight, and the production is excellent (a note on that later). But I do have a little bit of a problem with it: It's a little more accessible than their last three albums ("The Apostasy", "Demigod", and "Evangelion"). It's still very aggressive, and pretty punishing, but there are a lot more dynamics than in the past. Lots of light and shade. That's not necessarily a bad thing, and I think it might help Behemoth reach a wider audience of metalheads who want just a LITTLE bit of relief in their hour-long listening experience.

And that's my issue: I really DON'T want that. Not from Behemoth, anyway. When I want dynamics and melody, I listen to Arch Enemy or Carcass or Amon Amarth; when I listen to Behemoth, I want non-stop sonic punishment. It's music that I want to get me into a very particular headspace, and the expanded musical palette here is very distracting for me.

The production is very clean. Again, not a bad thing. But again, I really liked the sepulchral ambiance of the band's previous work. When vocalist Nergal sounds like he's standing in a giant underground cave, that's what I want from Behemoth. The production here, with its focus on clarity, certainly adds to the more complex music we've gotten this time, and that's probably as it should be, but it's not how ***I*** want it.

The lyrical content, well, let's call it "for a unique taste".
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