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Behemoth - Ezkaton (CD)

Behemoth
Ezkaton
by Yiannis Dafopoulos at 17 December 2008, 12:13 PM

It is always nice to see these Polish madmen with a new release. After the pretty good live album BEHEMOTH released this year, they strike back with a brand new EP that is filled with some interesting stuff for the fans of the band, as well as the Death Metal maniacs in general. Although I believe that EP's have stopped being a nice way of promotion since the market started taking the downhill.

This band started as a raw Black Metal act, and I have to admit that they were doing a pretty good job. They later turned in to a more Black/Death Metal act, and now they are the destructive Death Metal force we love. I guess that you don't any more introductory information about this band. Let's get straight to the point.

BEHEMOTH release a brand new EP, but I try to understand why now, since their live album was released only 1-2 ago. I just hope it is not only a 'good' marketing move by the band and its label. Anyway, even though as I said above I believe that for the vast majority of today's metalheads EP releases mean nothing since the internet has taken the place of album collections, this EP may address not only to BEHEMOTH fans, but to some old school deathsters that will fall in love with what the band has done in here.

So, what does this EP contain? The seven tracks that are in here are surely a nice treat for you all. What we have is a new studio version of Chant For Ezkaton 2000 E.V., a song that originally appears in the band's Satanica album. Qadosh is a brand new song, and as expected the band follows the same guaranteed recipe it has used the last years offering one more brutal holocaust and showing that the follow up to The Apostasy will be one more great album. And here we have the big moment of this release. A very 'touching' - if I can use such a word to describe it - cover of Jama Pekel, a song by the cult Czech Black Metal band MASTER'S HAMMER. Not only they decided to cover a song by this magnificent band that never got what it deserved, but BEHEMOTH also managed to have the one and only Big Boss from another cult and incredible Czech band ROOT, along with his comrade Igor, to perform guest vocals. Even thought the sound is polished and crystal clear the song still sounds rotten and glorious. Thumbs up for these Polish warmongers for this cover! Regarding the RAMONES cover, I can only say that when BEHEMOTH decide to cover a song, it can be the least interesting.

Next, we have three live songs that prove that BEHEMOTH is an ultra heavy live force (and I regret for not having seen them live). So, does it sound tempting to you or do you think that this is just a meaningless release? You decide, but I guess that you will find some interesting stuff in here…

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Tracklist:
Chant For Ezkaton 2000 E.V.
Qadosh
Jama Pekel (MASTER'S HAMMER Cover)
I'm Not Jesus (RAMONES Cover)
From The Pagan Vastlands (Live)
Decade Ov Therion (Live)
Chant For Ezkaton 2000 E.V. (Live)
Lineup:
Nergal - Vocals, Guitar
Orion - Bass
Inferno - Drums
Seth - Session Guitar

Guest Musicians:
Big Boss - Vocals On Jama Pekel
Igor Hubik - Vocals On Jama Pekel
Krzysztof Azarewicz - Backing Vocals On Jama Pekel
Record Label: Regain Records
     


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