By the Blessing of Satan

by Behexen

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THE GRAND BLASPHEMER PERVERSUS Simply put this album is a pure stroke of utter genius by Shatraug from Horna fame and Sargeist fame. If you buy one raw, pure and true black metal release this year then make it this album. The vocals and guitar work are utter genius, surely my favourite album in existence, Black Fucking Metal straight from the bowels of hell !!! Relentless and fierce and full of hatred, absolutely stunning, well done Woodcut Records for re releasing this piece of pure art. Favorite track: Celebration of Christ's Fall.
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CJ Marsicano Beautifully raw BM, a true balm for the soul.
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Ancient Cult Perfect example of Raw Finnish Black Metal. Agressive, straightforward and relentless. Classic release! Favorite track: Fist of the Satanist.
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Boris von Boris My favorite Behexen album, now back in print from Woodcut Records! Favorite track: Fist of the Satanist.
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Very raw but still reasonably well-produced, violent with a destructive atmosphere from beginning to end. The vocals alone sound like they're coming from the depths of hell, and the music is like being run over by a train. The style here is rather old school, mixing a lot of influences, namely some early Marduk, Darkthrone and more recent Carpathian Forest for a little bit of "Black 'n Roll" passages here and there.

With 7 songs clocking in at nearly 48 minutes, one would expect some filler but no, there's not a boring moment here and makes you wish the album wouldn't be over so soon - it doesn't feel like 48 minutes. Overall the album is fast-paced although it does slow down here and there for a moment of slow, crushing aural torture. This is what I'd consider a safe blind purchase. Recommended if you like your Black Metal raw, violent and unpolished.

Reviewed by: Michel Renaud |


released March 15, 2004


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