Behemoth had some of the roughest times in their careers leading up to this album.
"The Satanist is magic. It's dangerous. It's adventurous, and it's organic," states Nergal, the driving force behind Behemoth since their inception in 1991, and brief exposure to the band's tenth album more than supports this statement.
You truly recognize this as the work of the Polish Blackened Death Quartet, but the intensity of this album is indescribable. You truly have to listen to it to fully appreciate its brutality.
In August 2010 Nergal was diagnosed with leukemia, stopping them in their tracks. Forced to abandon their ongoing tour in support of Evangelion Nergal was hospitalized, and both he and Behemoth faced an uncertain future.
With the search for a bone marrow donor ultimately successful Nergal underwent a transplant, and beginning down the long road to rehabilitation. "I knew I was pretty much fucked and there was a battle to be won, and I had no fucking idea if it was going to take six months or twelve months or maybe four years, because with cancer you never know.
He said he learned from being in the hospital that there are things in life that you can control and things that you can't control. He was fortunate enough that that recovery period was relatively fast, and that he was really strong and very determined to get back into shape made a real difference.
Instead of beginning on the new album immediately they decided to continue the tour support that they had to abruptly stop.
Having returned to full force the band were ready to once more move forward, and they began work on what would become The Satanist.
The first track that was released “Blow your Trumpets Gabriel”, this was a very good choice to release first, because although a great track it is not the best song on the album. They left that for you to discover on your own.
As I started to listen to the album we started off with the brilliant track “Blow your Trumpets Gabriel”.
The second track on the album “Furor Divinus” is by far my least favorite on the album. It just didn’t sit with me at all.
Once you land on track 3 “ Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer”, which they just released a video for, the rest of the album is pure brilliance and art, keeping Behemoth a juggernaut in the heaviest form of Metal today.
Metaphorically, the name “Behemoth” has come to be used for any extremely large or powerful entity.
And the album “The Satanist” gives you a reason why they picked that name for the band.
I gave this album a high 9/10
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