Polish brutes BEHEMOTH followed their 2004 masterpiece “Demigod” with a full-length release that delivers as much (if not more) brutality than any of their previous efforts. “The Apostasy” contains plenty of riffs and growls, but Zbigniew Robert "Inferno" Prominski serves as the real reason that Metalheads will rush to the stores for this release. The version of the recording that I received does not contain final mixes, but the tracks in themselves prove that BEHEMOTH intend to deliver another scorching release.
“The Apostasy” has no shortage of percussive creativity and attack. The carpet-bombing double bass on this release is relentless, and BEHEMOTH never fail to impress with some of the fastest blast beats in the industry. Continuing the trend established on “Thelema.6,” “The Apostasy” delivers brilliant percussive fills that permeate the release and detract from other contributions. The bass is non-existent, the guitars only serve as accompaniment, and the vocals – well, who cares? Death Metal fans know exactly what to expect when purchasing this release, and in terms of masterpieces Prominski delivers another flawless spectacle of modern drumming.
In terms of originality “Libertheme” feels like a spiraling inferno and contains a few impressive riffs accompanied by perhaps the only lead-in fills worth mentioning from BEHEMOTH’s entire catalog. The musicianship on this track could stand on its own in Prominski’s absence, although his presence doesn’t hinder the track whatsoever. Warrel Dane of NEVERMORE does his best to ruin “Inner Sanctum” with a combination of chanting and singing, and combining his efforts with Leszek Mozdzer’s piano sampling almost completes the job. An unnecessary burst of choral arrangements blemishes “Pazuzu,” and all of these external contributions prove that BEHEMOTH does not need guest performances. Rather than focusing on innovation this band should continue to their drive for speed. After all, they can do this better than anybody.
“Slaying The Prophets Ov Isa” and “Prometherion” stand as the best tracks on the release, proving once again that Death Metal releases always start out stronger than they finish. “The Apostasy” does not break new ground or end the eternal quest for the world’s fastest drummer, but it does present fans with another solid index of blast beats, drum breaks, and fills. In time the last four BEHEMOTH releases will blend into one phase representative of the band’s highlighted career – but what a ride for metalheads along the way!
(Online August 13, 2007)