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Behemoth: I Loved You at Your Darkest — Polish metal fails to shine

Behemoth: I Loved You at Your Darkest — Polish metal fails to shine

October 10
05:33 2018

Polish metal band Behemoth are a big deal in their homeland. Their albums top the charts and their frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski is a celebrity who, unusually for a Satanic-minded black metaller, has been a judge on television talent show The Voice of Poland. He is also a cause célèbre, prosecuted for tearing up a Bible on stage in 2007.

Behemoth are a big name in extreme metal circles as well. Their previous album, 2014’s The Satanist, made following Darski’s recovery from leukaemia, was acclaimed as one of the best metal LPs of the decade. I Loved You at Your Darkest arrives with much expectation. But its attempt to go beyond the powerful Paradise Lost-style tale that its predecessor told proves overblown.

The album opens with a children’s choir, as though soundtracking a schlocky horror film, a sign of the excessive striving for effect that bedevils its tracks. Darski roars his litany of Satanic terms with what a Catholic culture might construe as impious gusto, although to secular ears it simply has the ring of occult gibberish. Notwithstanding some ferocious passages, the music is less focused than The Satanist, more apt to traffic in formulaic heavy metal chord progressions.


I Loved You at Your Darkest’ is released by Nuclear Blast

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