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Zos Kia Cultus - Behemoth

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Behemoth / Audio CD released 2002-12-02 at Avant Garde

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      25.02.2008 15:13
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      Behemoth's sixth album (2002).

      Behemoth's evolution from black- to death metal band is complete by the time of this sixth release, meaning that anyone who enjoyed the band for its original style will find no familiarity here whatsoever. So while this is a bit of a disappointment for me, I can't deny that 'Zos Kia Cultus' (aka 'Here and Beyond') is a faultless example of brutal death metal, with the volume and intensity to blow the listener's brains out. If that's all you ask from an album, it doesn't come any finer. Fortunately for the rest of us, there are enough interesting musical touches to keep this from being an overly repetitive display of how hard and fast Inferno can beat his kit. By which I mean his drums; if you thought that was a euphemism, you're just weird.

      I'm not sure how Behemoth's subject matter moved from Satan to Egyptian mythology, but it's both entertaining and incredibly clichéd to hear the theme pronounced in the form of Arabian-style electric and acoustic guitars in 'Horns ov Baphomet' and more explicitly in 'Here and Beyond,' before things would get out of hand on the next album. Songs such as the latter that feature an overload of lead guitar and solo melodies are the ones I can appreciate the most, as something has to balance out the sheer aggression of the rhythm section, but the majority of the album follows a riff-driven style of brutality comparable to Aborted, but without the surgical malpractice gimmick.

      While it's admittedly a disappointment to hear the final traces of black metal fade away, even down to Nergal's roars which are now rooted entirely in the death tradition, this is still a supreme example of a black metal band turning to death metal and doing it incredibly well, arguably even better than their original style. There's enough variety in the riffs to keep it from being too repetitive, but it's certainly not an album I could comfortably listen to regularly, and one I'm sure I'll never subject myself to in its entirety ever again.

      1. Horns ov Baphomet
      2. Modern Iconoclasts
      3. Here and Beyond (Titanic Turn of Time)
      4. As Above So Below
      5. Blackest ov the Black
      6. Hekau 718
      7. The Harlot ov the Saints
      8. No Sympathy for Fools
      9. Zos Kia Cultus
      10. Fornicatus Benefictus
      11. Typhonian Soul Zodiack
      12. Heru Ra Ha: Let There Be Might

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Horns Ov Baphomet
    2 Modern Iconoclasts
    3 Here And Beyond
    4 As Above So Below
    5 Blackest Ov The Black
    6 Hekau 718
    7 Harlot Ov The Saints
    8 No Sympathy For Fools
    9 Zos Kia Cultus
    10 Fornicatus Benefictus
    11 Typhonian Soul Zodiack
    12 Heru Ra Ha (Let There Be Might)