Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Behemoth/From The Pagan Vastlands/Pagan Records/Wild Rags Records/1994 CD Review

Behemoth are a band from Poland that is more known for their occult black/death metal sound that is popular nowadays but on this release they played a very raw and atmospheric from of pagan/black metal and this is a review of their 1994 album "From The Pagan Vastlands" which was released as joint effort between Pagan Records and Wild Rag REcords.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with some blast beats, while the keyboards have a very dark and atmospheric sound to them, as for the bass playing it is kind of mixed down low in the mix and seems to follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and at times you can hear them.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast raw black metal riffs that are also melodic at times while the lead guitars when they are utilized are very melodic sounding guitar solos, as for the accoustic guitars they sound very dark and medievil.

Vocals are a mixture of high pitched and grim black metal screams with some spoken word passages being used on one song, while the lyrics cover Paganism, Occultism, and Anti Christianity, as for the production it has a very dark and raw sound to it.

In my opinion this was a great album from Behemoth and if you are interested in hearing their more raw sounding pagan/black metal beginnings, you should check this albu out. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Summoning (Of The Ancient Ones)" "The Dance Of The Pagan Flames" and "Fields Of Haar-Meggido". RECEMMONDED BUY.

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