Evangelion (album)

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Evangelion
Studio album by Behemoth
Released August 7, 2009
Recorded February 16, 2009 – May 2009 at Radio Gdańsk in Gdańsk, Poland
Genre Blackened death metal
Length 41:54
Language English, Polish
Label Metal Blade, Nuclear Blast, Mystic Production, Victor Entertainment, Demonstealer
Producer Daniel Bergstrand, Wojciech Wiesławski, Sławomir Wiesławski
Behemoth chronology
Ezkaton
(2008)
Evangelion
(2009)
Abyssus Abyssum Invocat
(2011)
Singles from Evangelion
  1. "Ov Fire and the Void"
    Released: 28 July 2009[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars [4]
Terrorizer 9/10 stars[5]
Teraz Rock 4.5/5 stars[6]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[7]
Interia 8/10 stars[8]
Onet 4/5 stars[9]
Fearnet favorable[10]
Exclaim! favorable[11]
Loudwire 4.5/5 stars[12]

Evangelion is the ninth full-length album by Polish extreme metal band Behemoth. The album was released on August 7, 2009 through Nuclear Blast Records and on August 11, 2009, through Metal Blade Records in the USA.

Background[edit]

The album title refers to the Good News in Christianity; the message of Jesus Christ.

The album's cover artwork is a depiction of The Great Harlot of Babylon, the figuress of evil mentioned in the Book of Revelation in the Bible.

Recording and production[edit]

In January 2009, the band was in the final stages of the songwriting and rehearsal process for the album. Behemoth entered Radio Gdańsk studio in Poland to begin work on the album on February 16, 2009. The band managed to tap Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, In Flames, Dark Funeral) to produce drums on the record. Bergstrand used some unconventional techniques—a big room for the drums to create ambience and 22-channel recording for a more "organic and natural" sound.[15][16]

In March they were close to finish recording the guitars, with help from Wojciech and Sławomir Wiesławski from Studio Hertz. Within five days they completed three songs and laid down three rhythm guitars on each side, after which they worked on the bass, solos and vocals simultaneously.[17][18]

The band also managed to tap Colin Richardson to mix the album. The band had tried to book him before for their previous album, The Apostasy, but he wasn't available then.[19]

In early May, tracking was completed and on May 12 Nergal flew to the United Kingdom to join Colin Richardson to mix the record at Miloco Studios, London.[20] Also in May, Metal Hammer was given the opportunity to listen to three fully completed songs in Miloco Studios.[21] Nergal stated that this was the most relaxing and at the same time the most creative studio session he had ever been a part of.[17]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Nergal.

No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "Daimonos"   Nergal 5:15
2. "Shemhamforash"   Nergal 3:56
3. "Ov Fire and the Void"   Nergal 4:27
4. "Transmigrating Beyond Realms ov Amenti"   Krzysztof Azarewicz 3:27
5. "He Who Breeds Pestilence"   Nergal 5:41
6. "The Seed ov I"   Nergal, Krzysztof Azarewicz 4:58
7. "Alas, Lord Is Upon Me"   Nergal 3:15
8. "Defiling Morality ov Black God"   Nergal, Krzysztof Azarewicz 2:49
9. "Lucifer"   Tadeusz Miciński 8:06
Total length:
41:54
Japanese bonus track
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
10. "Total Invasion" (Killing Joke cover) Jaz Coleman Geordie Walker, Martin Glover, Andy Gill 7:22

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Austrian Albums Chart[22] 45
Canadian Albums Chart[23] 61
Canadian Independent Chart[23] 6
Canadian Hard Music Chart[23] 10
Dutch Indie Chart[23] 5
Finnish Albums Chart[24] 17
German Albums Chart 59
Polish Album Chart[23] 1
Swiss Albums Chart[25] 88
US Billboard 200[23] 55
US Hard Rock Albums[23] 5
US Rock Albums[23] 17
US Independent Albums[23] 5
US Hard Music Albums[23] 6

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
Europe, Poland, Australia August 7, 2009 Nuclear Blast/Mystic Production/Riot Entertainment
United States August 11, 2009 Metal Blade
Japan August 19, 2009 Victor Entertainment
South Korea September 24, 2009 Dope Entertainment
India September 25, 2009 Demonstealer Records
Russia January 10, 2010 Mazzar Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ov Fire and the Void - Single Behemoth". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  2. ^ Marsicano, Dan. "Review: Evangelion". About.com. Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  3. ^ Freeman, Phil. "Review: Evangelion". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  4. ^ Slessor, Dan. "Review: Evangelion". Kerrang!. Retrieved 31 August 2009. 
  5. ^ Ellis, Graham. "Review: Evangelion". Terrorizer. Retrieved 31 August 2009. 
  6. ^ Świrkowicz, Marek. "Behemoth "Evangelion" review" (in Polish). Teraz Rock. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  7. ^ Munro, Tyler. "Behemoth - "Evangelion" review". www.sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  8. ^ Donarski, Bartosz. "Behemoth - "Evangelion" review" (in Polish). muzyka.interia.pl. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  9. ^ Kapuściarz, Michał. "Behemoth - "Evangelion" review" (in Polish). muzyka.onet.pl. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  10. ^ Burkart, Gregory. "Behemoth - "Evangelion" review". www.fearnet.com. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  11. ^ Falzon, Denise. "Behemoth - "Evangelion" review". exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  12. ^ DiVita, Joe. "Behemoth - "Evangelion" review". loudwire.com. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  13. ^ "Behemoth Completes Recording New Album". Blabbermouth.net (Roadrunner Records). 11 May 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2009. 
  14. ^ "Behemoth Reveal New Album Details". Metal Hammer (Future Publishing). 18 May 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2009. 
  15. ^ "Studio entrance and Daniel Bergstrand will produce drums". Retrieved 2009-05-19. [dead link]
  16. ^ "Second video report online". Retrieved 2009-05-19. [dead link]
  17. ^ a b "Wieslawscy Bros. will be co-producing guitars". Retrieved 2009-05-19. [dead link]
  18. ^ "Third video report online". Retrieved 2009-05-19. [dead link]
  19. ^ "Behemoth announces Colin Richardson will be mixing the album". Retrieved 2009-05-19. [dead link]
  20. ^ "Album tracking finished". Retrieved 2009-05-19. [dead link]
  21. ^ "World Exclusive Listen To New Behemoth Tracks!". Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  22. ^ Steffen Hung. "Behemoth - Evangelion". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  23. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "BEHEMOTH CHARTS!". Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  24. ^ "finnishcharts.com - Behemoth - Evangelion". Retrieved 2009-08-16. 
  25. ^ Steffen Hung (2009-08-23). "Behemoth - Evangelion". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2012-02-15.