Certainly not one of the most “pure black metal” releases like their previously released ‘Sventevith’ or ‘Grom’, which was primarily black metal focused…Behemoth evolved into this wicked blackened death metal monster with their album ‘Satanica’, which was an amazing blend of black metal fury and death metal power. With the releases of Thelema and Zos Kia Cultus, Behemoth were getting better and better with their sound and their songwriting surrounding it. With Demigod, they perfected it and it is still one of the best albums ever released.
There are no bad songs on Demigod. Some are more powerful than others, but each song has it’s place within Demigod and the album flows so nicely. The nastiness of the dual vocals throughout gave Demigod a unique sound as though a beast is literally leading this onslaught of guitars and blast beats. Inferno’s drumming is insanely fast and his blasting skills are incredibly technical, as his fills are equally evil. Nergal’s structure of this album and the riffs are devastating and enjoyable.
Songs such as “Conquer All” will always leave you feeling stronger after listening to it, their ability to make your balls grow after a song is insane. I feel like I could lift a tank over my head after listening to that song alone. The title track “Demigod” has some of the most evil musicianship ever written.
“The Nephilim Rising” has a great sense of tempo and catchiness about it that will get you headbanging wickedly. “Towards Babylon”, “Before Aeons Came” & “Mysterium Coniunctionis (Hermanubis) all push the envelope with what Behemoth wanted to evolve into with their sound. Giving me brutality, technicality, speed and evil that few can replicate. “Xul” is one of those uniquely crafted songs on the album and it has a lot going on instrumentally. One of the “fun fact” things about this track however is that final guitar solo on the song is performed by Nile guitarist Karl Sanders.
“Slaves Shall Serve” is THE song that got me into Behemoth. I heard this song and immediately bought this album because I wanted to hear more and I am glad I did. Lastly, we have the song “The Reign ov Shemsu-Hor”, which is another fine reason why I love Behemoth. They kick my ass for an entirety of an album then slow things down with a grand finale song that is slower in tempo, righteously ripe with catchy guitar riffs and perfect for snapping ones neck to. A perfect way to end this album and it’s honestly hard to not have this album on a loop. It’s that good.