For this latest theosophical salvo from everyone’s favorite Polish deathsters next to Vader, Nergal and co. include generous helpings of cinematic bombast in their repertoire for extra charm. Note the spine tingling sound effects and nightmarish use of ambience that pepper almost every song on this “Evangelion.” Not to be confused with the cult anime series of the same name, “Evangelion” is that special album destined to feed the masses brutalizing arcane music. Bursting at the seams with topnotch musicianship, Inferno’s numbing work behind the kit, and enough funny words to confuse the puppets at Sesame Street (what the hell is a “Shemaforash”?), “Evangelion” does to metalheads what the Transformers sequel did last summer: be the red hot blockbuster everyone’s gotta see, or in this case, hear.
The album is actually opened by a three hit combo consisting of “Daimonos,” “Shemaforash,” and the immense “Ov Fire And The Void,” whose video bags the award for most-visceral-depiction-of-female-menstruating. (You prolly hafta watch it on Youtube to know what I mean.) It’s on the succeeding tracks, however, that the loathsome specter of sameness rears its ugly head. Honestly now, besides a few distinctive touches and birds cawing, you can hardly tell “Transmigrating Beyond Realms of Amenti” apart from “He Who Breeds Pestilence.”
“The Seed Ov I” brings on the same savagery as the opening tracks coupled with the sense of Wagnerian opera that animates Nergal’s monstrous lyrical incantations. The man’s a beast vocally and as a guitar player, almost reaching his inhuman “Demigod”-era range at times. And when Behemoth shreds them axes amidst the glut of mind-boggling percussion, its pretty impressive.
As a final cast off to the true believers “Lucifer” comes along in its mid-tempo splendor, being the opposite of this album’s beginning as it wallows in glumness and chilling soundscapes. A masterful album for those who want to experience the pinnacle of death metal, “Evangelion” has been preordained to conquer all. Buy this album and swear fealty to the Whore of Babylon—they say that’s her on the cover.
PROS: A relentless collection of songs possessed by blasphemous energy that grind’ll Jesus into hamburger meat.
CONS: Discriminating ears might have a bone to pick with these guys for peddling more of the same.
BOTTOM LINE: Bottom line? This album just breathes malevolence.
3. Ov Fire And The Void
4. Transmigrating Beyond Realms of Amenti
5. He Who breeds Pestilence
6. The Seed Ov I
7. Alas, Lord Is Upon Me
8. Defiling Morality Ov Black God
Nuclear Blast/Running Time-41:59