Tuesday, 20 March 2012

BEHEMOTH - Zos Kia Cultus (2002)

01  Horns ov Baphomet
02  Modern Iconoclasts
03  Here & Beyond
04  As Above So Below
05  Blackest ov The Black
07  Hekau 718
08  No Sympathy For Fools
09  Zos Kia Cultus
10  Fornicatus Benefictus
11  Typhonian Soul Zodiack
12  Heru Ra Ha, (Let There Be Might)

Behemoth are a Polish blackened death metal band from Gdańsk, Poland that formed in 1991. They are considered to have played a very important role in establishing the Polish extreme metal scene alongside bands such as Vader, Decapitated and Hate.

With their fifth release, 'Zos Kia Cultus,' Behemoth transcended the accepted definition of "Blackened" Death Metal at the time, and still define it today. The album is full of what many still consider to be Behemoth's finest moments: crushing guitar production and riffing that suffocates the listener; drumming so tight and fast that it's hard to discern whether Inferno is man or machine; some of the most inhumane, evil vocals ever put forward in the realm of Metal as a whole; and imagery and lyrical content that straddles the line not only between Black and Death Metal but between contemporary art and the occult past that humanity has left behind. Much promise was shown on the albums before this, with astounding musicianship and composition, “Zos Kia Cultus” is a continuation of this. The sheer power of this record is addictive, and the infectious songs draw the listener in again and again. Behemoth managed to capture the ferocity of their live shows on this album, as every song is anthemic as well as brutal.

This album possesses many classic moments, the title track being one of the finest along with "As Above So Below". It is certainly a very consistent album, each song delivers in its own way. Though each song is as to be expected of a consistent intensity, they have their own appeal and unique way of working, with Egyptian sounding guitars aplenty in the same vein fellow death metallers Nile.

Definitely check this one out. It’s a great album that I feel fully transitioned Behemoth from black metal to pretty much full-on death metal while still retaining touches of their earlier sound. It’s a nasty album that begs to be heard (the cover art isn't bad either), and I’m sure it’ll possess you just as easily as it possessed me.

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