Sventevith (Storming Near the Baltic) [reissue
2007, Metal Mind Records
Behemoth, "Sventevith (Storming Near the Baltic) [reissue"
This is not the Behemoth you most likely know and love, though it is indeed Nergal. This is from their past when they were a straight up black metal band. They did it pretty well too. That said I have to admit I'm much more of a fan of the direction they took on Satanica, still my favorite album of theirs. This is pretty raw, yet mid-paced material. There are also quite a bit of keyboards, though they hardly overpower the mix and my appetite. They also took some direction from Dissection's The Somberlain, namely they have to brief interludes that sound like the background music of a renaissance fair. Luckily they keep those brief and stick mainly to the blackening of your soul. This for the most part reminds me of the first two Immortal albums, but with keyboards in the background. It is pretty good, the only misstep being the interminable Hell Dwells in Ice, which sounds like a six-minute intro. I donít mind these little interludes but when they take up a significant portion of the album they do get rather tedious. While I'll always be hardwired to prefer the post-Pandemonic Incantations material I do have to admit that this album grows on me every time I hear it. If you love their new stuff then you should give this a try, if you just like your music blacker than the blackest black times infinity, to quote Nathan Explosion, then you need this.K.Huckins