Behemoth - Zos Kia Cultus, Here and Beyond

Posted on Sunday, September 05, 2010

Poland’s most brutal Black/Death band returns with yet another ferocious assault. I have to hand it to these guys. This album fucking rips. Granted, there are still lots of similarities to fellow Polish Metallers Vader, but this is mostly in the production department. Face it, both Behemoth and Vader have almost the same guitar sound and the levels are almost identical in terms of instrument loudness. Zos Kia Cultus sounds like the horrific combination of the brutality of Vader, a touch of the technical side of newer Morbid Angel and some serious occultism a-la Crowley. A lot of the lyrics on this album are very esoteric, lending a depth that few bands have these days. You can really tell the folks in Behemoth are well read in the occultism department. One of the things that I really thought was cool on Zos Kia Cultus was the amount of quality in the songs themselves. The guitars were brutal, punishing and technical but at the same time, they were never overly so. The same went for the drumming. It was never overdone. They could have easily grinded and blasted their way through this album, but the restraint made every riff hit harder and every drum fill more effective. I didn’t think much of this album when I first listened to it, but each subsequent listen has made me like it more and more.

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