Behemoth - _Pandemonic Incantations_
(Connected, 1997)
by: Aaron McKay (7.5 out of 10)
Maybe it is the fact that I just listened (many times) to the overwhelming Gardenian release _Two Feet Stand_, but I have to say that, to me, this newest Behemoth effort ingrains thoughts of a rawer, very blackened _TFS_. From the well-orchestrated opening, "Diableria", to the backmasked hidden track located appropriately at track 66, _PI_ is potent through and through. Highlights of the disc come midway through the release, namely "In Thy Pandemaeternum" and "The Past Is Like a Funeral." Even though _PI_ is never dull or contrived as some mediocre black metal potentially can be, the afore mentioned song in particular exist, seemingly, to enthrall the listener. Three souls comprise the membership of Behemoth: Nergal (guitar and vocals), Mefisto (bass) and Inferno (drums and percussion). With such a slim rank and file compared to say, Gorgoroth, Behemoth suffers little in the fullness of their sound. The quality of the packaging and sound is beyond reproach. I would not hesitate to say this forty-six minute effort by the great Behemoth is a purchase one could certainly be convinced into making.

(article published 1/9/1998)

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