12 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Behemoth’s 11th album doesn’t blast open with a gust of thunderous drums or shredding guitars. Instead, something far more terrifying: a children’s choir. Innocent voices, possessed, chant: “Elohim! I shall not forgive!/Adonai! I shall not forgive!/Living God! I shall not forgive!/Jesus Christ! I forgive thee not!” The unholy mantra sets a nightmarish scene for the Polish blackened death metal band’s most accessible—but no less diabolical—album yet. Flipping a middle finger at their nemesis, Christianity, Behemoth relish flaying and twisting hymns, Bible references, and prayers into infernal noise. The trembling “Havohej Pantocrator” revises the Lord’s Prayer: “Our father, who art in hell/Unhallowed be Thy name/Thy legions come/Thy enemies begone/On Earth as it is in the Netherworld.”

Like 2014’s masterpiece The Satanist, I Loved You at Your Darkest pushes far beyond the extreme sound that they've perfected for more than 20 years: Rock rhythms, acoustic guitars, and atmospheric melodies slice through pounding riffs and brutal howls in ways that, surprisingly, make this journey even more intense and exhilarating than ever.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Behemoth’s 11th album doesn’t blast open with a gust of thunderous drums or shredding guitars. Instead, something far more terrifying: a children’s choir. Innocent voices, possessed, chant: “Elohim! I shall not forgive!/Adonai! I shall not forgive!/Living God! I shall not forgive!/Jesus Christ! I forgive thee not!” The unholy mantra sets a nightmarish scene for the Polish blackened death metal band’s most accessible—but no less diabolical—album yet. Flipping a middle finger at their nemesis, Christianity, Behemoth relish flaying and twisting hymns, Bible references, and prayers into infernal noise. The trembling “Havohej Pantocrator” revises the Lord’s Prayer: “Our father, who art in hell/Unhallowed be Thy name/Thy legions come/Thy enemies begone/On Earth as it is in the Netherworld.”

Like 2014’s masterpiece The Satanist, I Loved You at Your Darkest pushes far beyond the extreme sound that they've perfected for more than 20 years: Rock rhythms, acoustic guitars, and atmospheric melodies slice through pounding riffs and brutal howls in ways that, surprisingly, make this journey even more intense and exhilarating than ever.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
103 Ratings
103 Ratings
Johnny3Piece ,

Terrible Name, Great Single

Behemoth follow up The Satanist with I Loved You at Your Darkest. Obviously, it is no easy task to follow up one of the best albums of the 00s. As of this writing, I have only listed to the single, God=Dog. Let’s get this out of the way first, the name is absolutely horrendous for a song, especially from a band that invokes historical names on a regular basis (i.e. Chant for Ezkaton 2000). This song is an interesting departure from much of their material. There are several familiar elements that any Behemoth fan could pick out. The child chanting in the background is certainly different, but it works. The guitar work is what stands out for me. I think that the guitars really carry this song as they go through different tempo changes in a song with a shorter run time. Listen for yourself, but this does feel like a promising start.

Sadegh latify ,

Awesome, Great

Wow this album is most radical album that I’ve ever seen thank you so much for new album

JuzAnotherMetalFan ,

Simply Boring

I love all styles of death and black metal, but this band sure has been quite boring for the past decade or so. At least there’s literally dozens of far better and more groovy/energetic/fun bands to listen to.

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