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Behemoth - Demigod (Regain Records 2004) Axeman

Track Listing
1. Sculpting the throne ov Seth
2. Demigod
3. Conquer All
4. The Nephilim rising
5. Towards Babylon
6. Before Aeons came
7. Mysterium Coniunctionis (Hermanubis)
8. XUL
9. Slaves shall serve
10. The reign ov Shemsu-Hor
Every album this band puts out seems like it can't be topped, yet serves as a stepping stone when the next opus is released to the masses. Demigod is that true gem that just carries me away to another realm, be it with beautiful acoustic passages or technical brutality. Yes, this album contains it all. Executed perfectly, flawlessly produced, and ingeniously penned. Demigod is a lesson in dynamics as the Middle-Eastern intros really strengthen the grip of the all-out ferocity contained in the backbone of the tunes. Hard to describe, but the the whole thing just "flows". As extreme as the majority of this album is, it never sounds off track and overly chaotic. Everything fits. Melodic soloing, inhuman drumming, epic rhythms, and all-out blasting, melded together with topics of a huge interest to me makes this vye not only for kingship of the death metal throne but also for number one album of 2004!!!

Bottom Line: Jaw-dropping, mesmerizing brutality. I'm floored.

--Axeman 01.06.05
Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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DemigodBehemoth
2005
Ken Pierce4/22/2005
DemigodBehemoth
2004
Axeman1/7/2005
The SatanistBehemoth
2014
TJ Fowler2/20/2014


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