The fourth full-length album by legendary Polish Blackened Death Metal band.
The first band’s more Death Metal influenced album.
Behemoth is known everywhere as a juggernaut in the Blackened Death Metal world. "Satanica" is one of the heaviest and downright brutal albums in that style. Nergal's guitar work and vocals are superb and every song hits you with an energy that few bands can match, let alone surpass. The songs themselves are also varied enough to keep the listener's attention, and the entire album is only about 35 minutes long (8 songs), making it easy to take in all at once.
The album begins with the extremely intense "Decade of Therion". This song just pummels you from the very start with the drumming really being the heaviest and most energetic element, the thick guitar riffs a close second. Nergal's voice is as brutal as ever, easily overpowering the instruments, but not too much. "Lam" comes in next and does not let you rest for a second, the drums constantly pounding and the guitars starting off with bleak, Black Metal tinged blasts. The stop and go riffing used here is top-notch, heaviness and power punching its way along. You really begin to notice in this song that the production is centered on the low end of the sound, giving you that pounding, crushing feeling, while still being accentuated by higher pitched guitar breaks and even solos from time to time. The guitar work gets a bit more interesting with "Ceremony of Shiva" and the familiar quick drumming of Inferno keeping things at a quick yet varied pace. This fast song has a memorable chorus and tends to create more of an atmosphere of darkness with slight tempo changes and some synthesizer elements. "The Sermon to the Hypocrites" is probably the heaviest track on the album, and one of the heaviest Blackened Death metal tracks. This is also a longer song on the album, and it just doesn't get old with its crushing, Black Metal inspired guitars and memorable chorus. The atmosphere created by sharp guitar work and Nergal's throaty growls is second to none in the modern Death Metal world. "Chant for Eschaton 2000" really sums up the album, beginning with some melodic tremolo guitar picking and thick double bass drumming. This song is slower and a bit less intense than some on the album, but it will leaves you with a sense of the darkness that this album seems to represent. Nergal's distorted vocals adding something different and creepier to the atmosphere along with some synthesizer work.
This is actually one of the few Behemoth albums that you can listen to from beginning to end without stopping. Every song just hits like a sledgehammer, yet they are also quite varied and will keep your attention for the entire duration. The length of the album is not too short and not too long, but just right.
With this album, Behemoth showed that they could do Death Metal and Black Metal together, and do them very well. Nergal's vocals and guitar work shine in every song, a great complement to the intense blasting drums laid down by Inferno. The album keeps things short and sweet, leaving listener satisfied yet wanting to hear more. Fortunately, Behemoth has continued to step up their songwriting and playing ability throughout their career. The energy and power you can feel in every song on "Satanica" is a testament to the legacy they have built and continue to build. This is truly a great album that any fan of Death or Black Metal should be able to appreciate!!
Russian re-release features six bonus track, recorded live in Strasbourg on 26 February 1999.
Avantgarde Music/Irond Ltd., 1999/2002 (IROND CD 02-174). Made in Russia.
1. Decade of ΘΕΡΙΟΝ 03:19
2. LAM 04:13
3. Ceremony of Shiva 03:32
4. Of Sephirotic Transformation and Carnality 04:31
5. The Sermon to the Hypocrites 05:03 Show lyrics
6. Starspawn 03:32
7. The Alchemist's Dream 05:40
8. Chant for ΕΣΧΗΑΤΟΝ 2000 05:22
Total playing time: 35:12