Death metal has many, many schools. There are literally dozens of sub-genres. So, to get at the roots of the genre, there are a few distinct sounds of the old school. We will call them the foundational sounds. Sadly, the originators of death metal are hardly as well known as some of the more depressingly nu-metal and metalcore sounding bands of the last fifteen years. Thankfully, bands like Chthe’ilist are seeking to change that by reinvigorating early sounds of death metal with all the fervor of the bands that started it. Fans of Demilich, Adramelech, Convulse, Demigod and Abhorrence (in that order) will be ecstatic over their debut LP Le Dernier Crépuscule. Continue reading
DISCLAIMER: Due to the content of this post, ‘of’ will be spelled ‘ov’ throughout.
As you were all made aware, we’ve done away the Subgenre ov the Week concept and moved into The Horns Up Top 10. To recap, each week we’ll throw a new band at you that we feel quite highly about and give you 10 songs ov our choosing. Again, this is a list ov our 10 favorite songs from each band. Not to be mistaken for a ‘best-ov’ list. Well, kinda, but on a personal interest level.
So last week Dan kicked things off with a bang. And by “a bang,” I mean “Dan kicked things off with Iron Maiden.” I was gonna go in a completely different direction with my first Top 10… but then I said fuck that shit and have decided to kick off my Top 10 with what I consider the absolute best ov the best in my library. It’s the band I worship more than any other and I have appreciated everything they’ve released since the early ’90s. This can be none other than the immense Behemoth.
What can I really say, though? I mean for fuck’s sake, do you have any idea how hard it was for me to pick 10 songs from my Behemoth library? It’s an unfair game. I know there has been a recent bombardment ov Behemoth on this blog, but considering their recent activity–touring, album release, etc.–and just overall quality, it was inevitable that they’d make an appearance in this new segment. And I felt the need to make my first Top 10 count (pun intended? Sure).
I’m not going to destroy you with background info on Behemoth; by this point, all that should be well-known. And if it isn’t… well, this is about the music, not a history lesson. But I’ll also lose respect for you for not being familiar with these titans ov blackened death metal. So without further delay, here’s my list, a brief sentence or two on each track, and then the playlist itself. Enjoy. You inevitably will.
10. “No Sympathy For Fools” (from Zos Kia Cultus (Here And Beyond), 2002)
Kicking things off with a bang, this song brings serious intensity start to finish. It’s angry, it’s heavy, it’s awesome. An often under-appreciated album, but this is certainly a memorable track.
9. “Moonspell Rites” (from And The Forests Dream Eternally, 1994)
Reaching back in time for this one. These are the very roots of Behemoth. It made it’s way onto this list for the way the band’s thrown it into their live settings recently. Worth noting the change in Nergal’s vocal sound over the past 20 years.
8. “Inner Sanctum” (from The Apostasy, 2007)
Had to include this on here. Very cool song off ov an album that really escalated my interest in Behemoth. Plus, Nergal sings? Kinda. More ov a change-of-pace track, but it’s had real staying power.
7. “Slaves Shall Serve” (from Demigod, 2004)
The whole album is great, but this is definitely a live favorite. Absolutely needs to be in my Top 10. Absolutely ferocious track. It’s short and to the point, but god damn is it furious. It intimidates people.
6. “Shemaforash” (from Evangelion, 2009)
Not a bad track on this album, despite the sound range it covers. This is the second track on the album and it definitely carries some weight. We’ll call this the start.
5. “Lucifer” (from Evangelion, 2009)
And here’s the finish. Very atmospheric, slow tempo, layered track to close this album. Gives a solid idea ov the sound transgression over the course ov Evangelion.
4. “Chant For Eschaton 2000” (from Satanica, 1999)
My favorite song on the album and my favorite song to see live. It simply produces a ton ov energy. Hard to believe it came out 15 years ago.
3. “O Father O Satan O Sun!” (from The Satanist, 2014)
The Satanist contains nine tracks and honestly every one ov them could be on this list. This is the incredibly epic closer, which utilizes a symphonic sound previously untouched by Behemoth. And shit, they do it well. Dangerously catchy.
2. “Slaying The Prophets Ov Isa” (from The Apostasy, 2007)
Arguably the heaviest song off ov a (relative) breakout album for Behemoth. And just wait until the song moves in the symphonic section about midway through. Seriously, just wait for it.
1. “In The Absence Ov Light” (from The Satanist, 2014)
Definitely not a clearly defined No. 1, but as ov today, it edges out the others on my list. This is an unbelievable song. Starts heavy, slows to a very atmospheric crawl, and then gets fucking heavier. It’s layered, maintains a level of complexity, and frankly, deserves more credit. Nergal makes this track hit a new level.
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There you have it, people. Enjoy the week ahead. A new list will be coming at you from Dan next week, but in the meantime, feel free to suggest future Top 10 bands in the comments section
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