Behemoth 

Demigod

The phrase "Polish metal band" is no joke. Some of the best underground acts on the planet hail from there, including Behemoth, simply one of the most creative, underrated death-metal bands around. These guys have a slight image problem: They wear the spikes and Kabuki paint of a black-metal outfit, but their bass-heavy rumble and blasting rhythms are pure death metal, filtered through a baroque European sensibility.

Demigod is just as heavy as 2003's preacher-sample-heavy Zos Kia Cultus, but it's also more progressive and aggressive. Guitarist and vocalist Nergal and session shredder Seth lock together intricate riffs in classic death-metal fashion, with high-pitched, punctuating squeals reminiscent of Morbid Angel. And while most death-metal grunters at least sound like people (albeit extremely constipated and/or nauseated people), Nergal, on the other hand, sounds completely inhuman. Whatever filter he is shouting through makes his voice sound like a tornado-sized tower of flame with a demon howling at its center, a truly impressive and intimidating effect. This, combined with the disciplined fury of the music, marks Behemoth as an act US metal fans need to discover, and Demigod as a classicist yet experimental record well worth checking out.

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