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.

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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.

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4.3 out of 5
87 Ratings
87 Ratings

Hail Behemoth

tsneden84

Great song

Awesome, Great

Sadegh latify

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

Terrible Name, Great Single

Johnny3Piece

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.

About Behemoth

Considered to be one of the leading death metal bands to emerge from Poland in the 1990s, Behemoth have endured quite a few line-up shifts in the course of their career (especially in the bass department), with founding singer/guitarist Nergal (Adam Darski) being the only constant member. Behemoth were formed in 1991 (originally as a trio), and began issuing several demos shortly thereafter, the most circulated one being 1993's From the Pagan Vastlands. The same year, the band issued their debut release And the Forests Dream Eternally via the Italian independent label Entropy. Two years later, the group released its first full-length recording, Sventevith, which received favorable reviews by the metal underground press. For 1996's Grom, Behemoth widened their musical vision by experimenting with acoustic guitars, synthesizers, and female vocalists, but all the while retained their brutal, extreme metal sound, leading to the group's inaugural full-on tour of Europe. Released in 1997, the three-track stopgap EP Bewitching the Pomerania proved to be the first recording to feature drummer Inferno (Zbigniew Robert Promiński), who soon became a driving force (and permanent fixture) in the band.

Their fifth release overall, Pandemonic Incantations, was issued a year later in 1998, as Behemoth continued to average at least one lineup change per release. Their last release as a trio (and first for new label Avantgarde), 1999's Satanica, continued to expand the group's following among the black metal masses, as Behemoth secured supporting slots on two separate tours with leading bands of the genre: Deicide and Satyricon. Behemoth's first release of the 21st century, 2000's Thelema.6, saw the group's lineup expand to four members for the first time, as newcomers Novy (bass) and Havoc (guitar) signed on with stalwarts Nergal and Inferno. The album was the first of the group's career to receive worldwide distribution -- it was issued in the U.S. a year after its initial release -- and also featured Nergal collaborating lyrically with outsider Krzysztof Azarewicz.

Behemoth embarked on their most substantial tour yet, playing shows alongside the likes of Morbid Angel and Nile, and even launched a few headlining tours on their own. In 2002, a home video/DVD was issued (recorded in their homeland of Poland), The Art of Rebellion: Live. Zos Kia Cultus followed a year later and was supported by a world tour including, for the first time, the United States.

Demigod landed at the beginning of 2004, a signal album that marked their first with bassist Orion (Tomasz Wróblewski). Behemoth's eighth full-length, The Apostasy, arrived in 2007. Ezkaton was an EP released in 2008, and featured a handful of studio cuts along with some live tracks. It was followed in 2009 by the full-length Evangelion, which earned positive reviews and chart success across Europe and America. The band's momentum paused briefly in 2010, when Nergal received a diagnosis of leukemia in the spring and spent almost a year recovering. A stopgap 2011 compilation, Abyssus Abyssum Invocat, combined two EPs from the band, 2004's Conjuration and 2006's Slaves Shall Serve.

Behemoth returned to action in 2014 with The Satanist, which received nearly universal positive reviews and became their first album to debut in the Top 40 of the American album charts. In 2018, the band released the concert album/film Messe Noire, which featured songs culled from a pair of 2016 shows in Warsaw, Poland and the Brutal Assault 2016 open air festival in Czechoslovakia. ~ Greg Prato

ORIGIN
Gdansk, Poland
GENRE
Metal
FORMED
1991

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