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New on the Metal Stream: Behemoth – The Satanist

Origin: Poland395440

Genre: Blackened Death Metal

Released: February 3rd, 2014 on Nuclear Blast Records

So here we are again, listening to the latest and highly anticipated Behemoth album. This is Behemoth’s tenth album since forming in 1991, and this is the first release since Adam “Nergal” Darski’s victory over leukemia.

All of the trademark Behemoth traits are here, in The Satanist, the ferocious roaring of Nergal, the amazing yet intense drumming of Inferno, the signature tremolo riffing, and the dark, anti-religious atmosphere. The Satanist does not, however, rely on insane, intensity and brutality 100% of the time. There are some really fantastic moments of mid-paced melody that complement the blackened death metal style. Other fans/reviewers might criticize this melody as “slow”, but I find that it adds an element of dark foreboding to an already dark and incensed style. There are even some solo breaks in this album!!

This album, even with the pretty extensive hype, is pretty awesome. It hits all of the things that I really like in the land of metal. It is intense, it has catchiness, it has atmosphere, and it is fun. I can’t recommend this one enough. It’ll be in a lot of “Best metal albums of 2014” lists. There isn’t a bad track on the album.

RIYL: Belphegor, Hate, Vader, Vesania, Nile

Recommended Tracks:

1. Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel

4. Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer

6. The Satanist

8. In the Absence of Light

9. O Father, O Satan, O Sun!




Adam “Nergal” Darski – Guitars, Vocals

Patryk Dominik Sztyber “Seth” – Guitars, Backing vocals

Tomasz “Orion” Wróblewski – Bass, Backing vocals

“Inferno” Zbigniew Robert Promiński – Drums

New on the Metal Stream: Ixion – Strategy and Violence

Origin: Seattle, Washington332q6qe

Genre: Thrash/Death Metal

Released: January 28th, 2014 on Instigator Records

Ixion is the solo project of Ryan Meranda (ex-Only Human) and is characterized by pretty extensive and ferocious riffing, solo breaks, (programmed) double bass drumming, and some vicious vocals that at times resemble a high, rasping growl and at other times is more of a surly, gruff grunt.

I am a pretty big fan of discovering obscure, underground bands that are just starting out. Ryan Meranda has a nice thing going here with Ixion. Dirty distorted guitars give the music a certain catchiness with the appropriate griminess for that thrash metal feel, and of course, it wouldn’t be thrash metal without a plethora of thrash-y, wailing solos. Meranda’s vocal style is also a unique approach for a thrash album. The high pitched growl is something you might hear in black metal more than you would in thrash metal, but it is a cool, blackened flavor to the album as a whole.

I think Strategy and Violence has a couple of weak points. The programmed drumming isn’t bad, but it has its limitations (such as on “New Gods”), and when Ryan’s vocals drop into the cleaner gruff grunting style, which lands somewhere in between James Hetfield and Dave Mustaine, it doesn’t quite have the uniqueness of his harsher style.

All in all, though, this is a pretty solid effort and debut. Definitely worth the listen and support.

RIYL: Megadeth, Metallica, Only Human

Recommended Tracks:

1. Beyond Beast

3. Nightborn

5. Chaos and Control

7. Armageddicon

8. Heir to Hell




Ryan Meranda: All instruments, All vocals



New on the Metal Stream: Within Temptation – Hydra



Origin: Netherlands

Genre: Symphonic Metal/Rock

Released on January 31st, 2014 on Roadrunner Records

Within Temptation have changed their style quite a bit since their Enter/Mother Earth days of the late 1990s. Gone are the dark gloomy gothic riffs and hooks, and the fantasy and nature themes are no more. Instead we have accessible metal/rock that is very radio friendly that relies on Sharon den Adel’s vocals, which are very pretty and a strength of the band; Hydra in particular, relies on several guest vocalists which include: Howard Jones (ex-Killswitch Engage), Xzibit (yes, that Xzibit), Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish), and David Pirner (Soul Asylum).

The album isn’t bad, at first I was dubious, with the change in styles and the array of guest vocalists, but the album really is a diverse and dynamic affair that certainly picks up in ambition a bit at right around the halfway point. That being said, there are some points on the album, where the flow just dies as the music slows down for the occasional love song that could never hold my interest; and overall is fairly inconsistent despite its diversity. Certain tracks, simply come across as derivative and lack any sort of musical hook, but the album isn’t bad.

RIYL: Nightwish, Delain, Lacuna Coil, Epica

Recommended Tracks:

1. Let Us Burn

2. Dangerous (features Howard Jones)

4. Paradise (features Tarja Turunen)

6. Silver Moonlight

7. Roses



Within Temptation:

Sharon den Adel – Vocals

Robert Westerholt – Guitars

Ruud Jolie – Guitars

Jeroen van Veen – Bass

Martijn Spierenburg – Keyboards

Mike Coolen – Drums

Stefan Helleblad – Guitars

New on the Metal Stream: Valtari – Hunter’s Pride

Origin: Australia


Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Self Released on January 20th, 2014

Valtari is the one man project of Marty Warren, and is a very cool style of death metal; the guitars are almost atmospheric in nature, and are really catchy and melodic. The vocals are gravelly and fierce; and the drums are heavy hitting. This album is super catchy, has some great atmospheric keys, and excellent guitar hooks.

RIYL: Be’lakor, Okera, Insomnium

Recommended Tracks:

1. Bitterness

2. Undefeatable

4. Shatter the Myth

5. In Slides

6. With a Child’s Smile

9. The Gift

10. Hunter’s Pride