It’s pretty rare that an album holds its appeal years after its release and after countless repeated listens. However, Behemoth’s The Satanist has aged remarkably well and remains a flavoursome and potent blend of black and death metal elements.
Released in 2014, the Polish outfit’s magnum opus features arguably the best song-writing of any modern metal album, complete with Nergal’s characteristically sharp lyrics, some truly magnificent structures and, of course, all the heaviness and brutality that have made Behemoth such an extreme metal stalwart.
When the band announced that they would be releasing a follow-up to the critically-acclaimed masterpiece that is The Satanist later this year, I was understandably excited. That being said, there is the ever-present concern that nothing that the band could produce could ever top the aforementioned album. The band members themselves have no doubt been feeling the pressure of trying to exceed their previous effort.
I have come to realise, however, that this is supremely unfair as the band will, in all likelihood, be delivering a completely different product that should be judged on its own merit, and not measured against the yardstick of The Satanist.
The first two singles and accompanying videos taken off of the upcoming I Loved You At Your Darkest, namely “God = Dog” (cringe-worthy title, I know) and “Wolves ov Siberia” are certainly promising, though not quite as memorable as anything on The Satanist. One thing is certain, Nergal and Co. are constantly reinventing themselves and pushing the envelope in terms of seriously sacrilegious content and sheer brutality.
I, for one, can’t wait for the album to be released on the 5th of October.