Behemoth seem to be one of those bands in metal whose name is coming up more and more as time goes on. And that is with good reason, the band has gone from strength to strength, with an ever evolving style, string of monumentally groundbreaking albums, controversy and sub-genre fusion/ambiguity. It is difficult to put a label on Behemoth, to describe their music or put their atmospherics and textures into words. The band's albums are all stand-alone works of art, each with its own representation, meaning and sound. As I slowly become more addicted to this band I finally made my way to one of their later releases, Evangelion.
From the dark dynamics of the opener, Daimonos, I knew that this album would be stellar. The riffing is excellent, dynamic and blistering. However, like with all Behemoth albums, you really need focus and pay attention to the subtleties that lay behind the vocals and Inferno's insane drumming. The attention to detail is flawless, with operatic vocals being layered under the music. As well as that, string ensembles, sound effects and a variety of guitar layering means that each song is rich in sound, taking time to digest. Evangelion, creates an experience where each song flows seamlessly until the album concludes. The classic, Ov Fire and The Void, will go down as a classic, and there's many moments throughout this album were you will simply be flawed.
In contrast to say a release such as Demigod, which focused more on the death metal sound and influence. Evangelion, presents the listener with more black metal elements, but also much darker undertones, song pace changes and more diverse dynamics. Each song is unique whilst undertaking different tempo changes and delving into territory Behemoth hadn't previously gone into.
I am always blown away when I hear Behemoth albums, whether I am new to the record or have listened to it for months on end. Their music is full of avenues to discover new sounds and meanings, and that is what makes them so unique.