10 Greatest Black Metal Albums Of The 21st Century
3. Behemoth – The Satanist (2014)
Of course The Satanist is here. How could
it not be here?
Heralded by many as being the best pure metal album of the
2010s, the tenth release from Polish extremists Behemoth gets everything it does
undeniably correct. From the terrifying opening of “Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel”
to the doomy grandeur of the title track to the gratifying conclusion that is “O
Father, O Satan, O Sun!”, everything about The
Satanist is ceaseless, morbid perfection.
The beauty of The
Satanist lies in its versatility and inalienable prowess. It’s a self-aware
record that strongly adheres to Behemoth’s black/death metal style, but also
knows just what to change and what to keep the same with every individual song. While “Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer” takes many cues from speedier
thrash metal, “In the Absence ov Light” is a purely blackened extravaganza held
together by an acoustic and poetic interlude. “Ben Sahar” is a rhythmic heavy-hitter
and “Messe Noire” rings with crawling verses and sublime riffing.
Behemoth have crafted a true masterpiece with their latest
output, something that must be heard in its immense entirety for people to
truly understand. It’s experimental and it took risks, but it’s also solid and
direct, giving black metal lovers exactly what they would want from a Behemoth
album, and more.