While calling this a “new” album would be a bit of a misrepresentation, it is a new release of two previously issued EPs (2003’s Conjuration and 2005’s Slaves Shall Serve) that have been long out of print. As Nergal is still fighting the good fight against cancer, expecting a full-length album of new material is just unrealistic for the foreseeable future.
The attention to detail in the packaging is impressive; featuring a 16 page booklet bursting with eye-catching new artwork. And there are five live cuts that were previously unavailable on the original European EP releases.
With only three original songs available as studio recordings between both discs, it is a bit light on showing Behemoth’s talent as a recording act (which increases in power and intensity with each new record). The bulk of the other material being cover songs, and the aforementioned live cuts. I have to say that the live tracks are absolutely crushing, and showcase a band that is on top of their game.
This is an interesting compilation of material, and a unique time capsule that captures Behemoth just coming into their own identity before the Demigod-forward era.
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