Behemoth’s trajectory as underground black metal hopefuls to fully fledged scene leaders as been one of the most interesting of any band. Along the way their music – as expected, has shifted in style, but always maintain it’s vicious backbone.
I Loved You At Your Darkest finds the band evolving once again. The songs ebb and flow from the ferocity of “Wolves Ov Siberia’ and ‘Ecclasia Diabolica Catholica’ to the epic ‘Havohej Pantocrator’ which runs the gamut from hymn like refrains to black metal intensity. This diversity is the albums strength and while it may not capture the attention immediately, like all like great work, I Loved You At Your Darkest will reveal it’s intricacies and shadow like hooks after repeated listens. This is an an album to immerse yourself in and the time invested will be rewarded.
Much like Tom Gabriel Warrior of Triptykon – formally of Hellhammer/Celtic Frost, Nergal has taken Behemoth’s sound to new frontiers. He could have played it safe and churned out what was expected of him, but he didn’t and his vision should be applauded. I Loved You At Your Darkest is a rare artist experience that is visually and aurally enticing.
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