If you thought that “The Satanist” had divided the fans, this sucker is going to split them like the Red Sea.
Excuse the biblical pun, although it is pretty much in vein with Behemoth’s new record “I Loved You At Your Darkest” which is from “Rom 5:8”. We almost did not get this album, because, a year ago, Nergal said that he was not sure if the band can do a worthy successor to “The Satanist”. I mean, you really can’t blame the guys, “The Satanist” in my eyes is their opus. So the next record, if there ever was one, would be under a lot of pressure.
So how does the album fare?
Well, actually quite good; in a way is a step further with the established “The Satanist” sound and at the same time a step back or rather, an “attempt” to relive their old black metal albums with some added punkish attitude and other ingredients.
There’s a lot of different influences on the album, there are parts that takes steps into the right direction with songs like the epic “Havohej Pantocrator” or the very interesting “Sabbath Mater” that even surpasses the quality of the past album, but some leaps are that high that the album hits itself in the head with its own knee like with the cringe-worthy child choir that in my opinion did not fit with the music at all and stands out like a sore thumb in the intro “Solve” and “God = Dog” (despite being a good song). Likewise, the attempts to relive the black metal days with “If Crucifixion Was Not Enough…” feel more like a filler than anything else.
Not that the cleaner vocals are a bad thing in the album, Nergal’s vocal delivery is superb and his clean delivery hits the dramatic notes when it’s needed. Same goes to the rest of the band. The production is very much the same as the previous album except the drums. This has to be the thickest drum sound that Inferno ever had. I got high cholesterol after hearing his insane beats in songs like “Angelvs XIII”.
It is by all means their most diverse and mature record they have done so far, a mixed bag of different ideas that you may or may not like. But with every small misstep, the album redeems itself and hits you with a great next track.
Although it’s a lesser effort than its predecessor by Lilith’s cunthair, “I Loved You At Your Darkest” is a impressive sonic journey of blasphemy that is very much worth your time and attention, weather you are Behemoth fan or not.