Behexen "My Soul for His Glory" CDPosted on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 @ 6:40am » permalink
"My Soul for His Glory" is the third full-length from longstanding Finnish black metal crew Behexen (on Hammer of Hate), who I had never heard much from in the past. Apparently this album's been getting mixed reviews from some of the band's more "hardcore" fans, but… I don't understand where all the complaints are coming from at all. The compositions offer up a wide variety of black metal aesthetics, from the usual doses of blazing tremolo picking and blasting percussion to forays into that more discordant and cold, crawling riffing style, as well as a number of surprisingly stripped down and simplistically pounding "old school" black metal rhythms – to the point of flirting with an almost hardcore/punk edge to some of the chord progressions in rare instances. But everything's nice and consistent overall, it's not one of those situations where each song sounds like it should be from a different album or something like that. All of the varying approaches share common ground, and the songwriting's pretty damn forceful, too. Plus the recording's nice and balanced, with a good bass presence, natural sounding drum tones, and a shitload of texture to the guitars; the cover art looks cool (I don't have the complete package)… it's all solid in my book. I don't know what the hell some people are complaining about, but fuck 'em.
This one's now distributed digitally through MetalHit.com for a mere $7.20, and will probably be more widely available on CD later this year as I think Moribund Records will be doing an "official" US release. But The End already has the CD in stock as well, so… either way you should be set.