The Satanist - Behemoth
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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 49 Ratings

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  • Summary: The tenth studio release for the Polish black/death metal band was produced with Daniel Bergstrand, Slawek Wieslawscy and Wojtek Wieslawscy.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
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  1. Feb 12, 2014
    100
    This is a very reflective record that refuses to exist only on one level, and though it's a cliche to say it, the more you put into it, the more you'll get out of it. [1 Feb 2014, p.52]
  2. Feb 3, 2014
    100
    The Satanist is as untamed and direct as its title suggests: a flawless paean to free will and the human spirit.
  3. Feb 4, 2014
    90
    You will be hard pressed to find another album that is as essential and equal parts human and inhuman as The Satanist, a world-beating return from near death for Behemoth’s enigmatic emperor.
  4. Mar 5, 2014
    82
    The Satanist is a terrific coil of most everything Behemoth have ever done well, a strangely hopeful vision of hell wrested away from its very grip.
  5. Feb 7, 2014
    80
    They're career musicians active since the '90s, but here, they actually sound excited again.
  6. Feb 4, 2014
    80
    Behemoth sound revitalized and ready to destroy everything that stands in their path, and fans should be ready to either go along for the ride or be crushed.
  7. Feb 3, 2014
    70
    Instead of cowering, Behemoth have triumphantly returned with characteristic ugliness and chaos, though this is skillfully juxtaposed with a newfound delicacy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Feb 20, 2014
    10
    This album will remain as the best album of 2014.The sounds of Guitars are exceptional and vocals are heavy on ears...The music is top class.Behemoth came up with their all time best album and made this year as an year for Metal. Expand
  2. Feb 6, 2014
    10
    Easily my favorite album of 2014. Nergal's vocals and guitar are second to none. With some areas that shine Orion's bass performance and of course, Inferno's masterful drumming. Melodic, heavy and oh so beautiful. I'd even call it perfect. Expand
  3. Feb 4, 2014
    10
    To put it lightly, this album is out of this world. The vocals sound brutal, the guitars are tight and the riffs are catchy, the drumming is used incredibly intelligently, and the bass is mixed in perfectly. Expand
  4. Feb 7, 2014
    10
    New year has just began and I already have my Metal Album of the Year favorite. The songs are mind blowing. Music is heavy, yet it is easy to find catchy parts that make you crawl for more.Inferno delivers a brutal drums performance and Orion's bass work is absolutely out of this world - especially on title track. Nergal's voice and guitars are as good as ever. Behemoth once again proves that they belong on top of the heavy metal world Expand
  5. Feb 16, 2014
    9
    This album goes back to their black metal roots, behemoth start making Dead Metal in the early 2000's I was disappointed by those albums I prefer their black metal albums.I do prefer black metal over death metal.I especially like that album art and music videos Expand
  6. Feb 6, 2014
    4
    The score I gave it was a 4 based upon myself being a longtime fan (been listening to them for 12 years and have bought and liked every album since Zos Kia Cvltvs). If you're that type of fan, don't buy this. This simply isn't the same band. Yeah it's the same people. Nergal is still there (i am personally happy for his success against cancer) but he seems to be trying to convince himself he's still just as angry and hateful as he was before cancer. The music is simply watered down, the lyrics are lazy (unless you love an entire album of praising satan non stop. I'm aware of the title but it gets boring. sorry.) and there is simply nothing to like. Not one single track I enjoyed.

    If you had never gotten into Behemoth before because they were too extreme for you then you may like this. Long time fans will be disappointed by this though.
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  7. Mar 14, 2014
    0
    What the hell is this pile? No nice tunes, no real arrangement, even drums is sucks. If you think that here we got on our hands the most decent black metal album for 20 years, you might rethink it. Expand

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