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Posts Tagged ‘Behexen’

BEHEXEN – RITUALE SATANUM LP (Debemur Morti Productions)

Saturday, August 18th, 2018

Behexen - Rituale SatanumConsidering the sheer volume of benign, inoffensive, non-belligerent and downright good-natured and / or commercially-orientated Black Metal floating around the sewers of existence these days, it’s remarkable to listen back in hindsight and remember how tremendously pugnacious and glorious Behexen’s debut full-length, ‘Rituale Satanum’, was / is.

The songs are outstanding, the lyrics divine, and the album still reeks of pure degenerated evil all these years later. Whether you are revisiting it or discovering it for the first time, this edition does worthy justice to an execrable collection of blasphemous invocations from a cursed ensemble that has consistently delivered Satanic Black Metal of the very highest calibre.

Evilometer: 666/666

BEHEXEN – THE POISONOUS PATH 2LP (Debemur Morti Productions)

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Behexen - The Poisonous PathBehexen belongs in the pantheon of Black Metal greats. What a motley crew of cunts that would be! Consistently brilliant over the course of five full-lengths, they may have carried out some minor surgery on their core sound over the years, but sheer excellence has remained an uncanny constant.

I’m too shallow and lowest-common-denominator to have a preferred Behexen era – I enjoy each and every release and let others debate the bullshit. Fact: here is one of the finest Black Metal entities of all time unleashing another welcome tome of otherworldly blasphemy.

Ten unsacred hymns; 56 minutes, two vinyls; stunning gatefold cover with attached booklet; what’s not to recommend? Well, the etching on Side D, perhaps. Hate those but I can live with it.

Evilometer: 666/666

BEHEXEN – RITUALE SATANUM (Debemur Morti Productions)

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Behexen - Rituale SatanumDMP re-released ‘Rituale Satanum’ in digipak format a good few months back and, even though I really love Behexen’s work, the debut full-length was sadly conspicuous by its absence from my collection. Recorded as far back as 1999, this is easily as good as anything the band has put its name to during the intervening 14 years (which is saying something…) and is rightfully regarded as something of a Black Metal classic.

With a truly sinister sound, generous helpings of trademark Finnish malevolence, a suitably dark ambience, nightmarish vocals, buzzing strings and, true to form, granted a beautiful packaging makeover by the quality-driven French label (including tasteful booklet, printed lyrics etc.), this CD is a total no-brainer. Ideally, I’d have preferred a vinyl version but this will do just fine for now.

Evilometer: 555/666

BEHEXEN – NIGHTSIDE EMANATIONS LP (Debemur Morti Productions)

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Arriving with neither hype nor fanfare, Behexen’s fourth full-length is one of those albums that could easily slip under the radar. It would be a shame if that were to happen, however, as ‘Nightside Emanations’ is as solid and competent a Black Metal record as you’re likely to hear in these days of banal and humdrum inoffensiveness. Behexen are masters of their craft and – even though this isn’t their best album – it’ still a hell of a lot better than most of their so-called peers.

The real clincher is the sheer quality of the vinyl edition, which (as is always the case with DMP) looks, feels and sounds magnificent. A 16-page booklet is attached to the gatefold cover and the whole unit is truly a thing of absolute beauty. (I bought the CD edition too and it also looks pretty stellar.) Aesthetically, this is one of those records that you will be proud to own. The artwork and presentation are of the most supreme calibre possible and they elevate the album to heights that it might otherwise have failed to reach.

Not that the music is bad, mind you. Far from it, in fact. There are 50 minutes of superior Finnish Black Metal on here, all of which has been cleverly conceived and delightfully executed. Mostly mid-paced and creepy as hell itself, ‘Nightside Emanations’ is a surefire winner from start to finish. I would particularly recommend this to anybody who appreciates Gorgoroth or Watain.  Masters paying homage to their master, this is one of the safest purchases you’ll make this winter.

Evilometer: 555/666