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Message posté par skekMal le 08 Jul 2020

Track list:

  1. Intro (duration time: 1:35)
  2. The Dark Forest (Cast Me Your Spell) (duration time: 7:06)
  3. Spellcraft and Heathendom (duration time: 4:51)
  4. Dragon’s Lair (Cosmic Flames and Four Barbaric Seasons) (duration time: 5:56)
  5. Lasy Pomorza (duration time: 6:26)
  6. Rising Proudly Towards the Sky (duration time: 6:53)
  7. Thou Shalt Forever Win (duration time: 38)
  8. Grom (duration time: 5:28)

Album recorded by:

Adam “Nergal” Darski – vocal, guitar, acoustic guitar.

Adam “Baal” Muraszko – percussion, supporting vocal.

Leszek “Les” Dziegielewski – bass.

Grom was my second album by Behemoth and I knew already what to expect. I knew that I can get a nice slice of paganism hidden after wall of shriek and that was what I needed then. The very first song, The Dark Forest (Cast Me Your Spell) literally put a spell on me and I got totally lost in the atmosphere, Lasy Pomorza, tho… it was most played, most popular and most famous Behemoth song by then and I joined the hype which was present in metal culture and played it countless of times, enjoying polish text. That album made me hyped not only because of the said tracks but also because it was more matured and more dark than Sventevith and had more epic and memorable songs, giving for exemple, Rising Proudly Towards the Sky or Grom. Nergal’s voice always was one of my favourites, so here I again bathed into the atmospheric shrieking and mystical pagan music. I must say that even being Burzum manic fan, I enjoyed this more than any Burzum record by then. A great black metal album, great to listen as first, if you are new to pagan episode in Behemoth’s career.

With Behemoth, overall, I have a love/hate relationship – love the music, not dig the band members. But I guess the music is what counts most, hmm?

Overall rating: 8,47

Favorite song: Lasy Pomorza

Message posté par skekMal le 26 Jun 2020

Dark Age of Reason

Track list:
1 Our God Weeps (duration time: 2:02)
2 Angel Of Sorrow (duration time: 3:11)
3 Source Of Light (duration time: 3:05)
4 The Calm Before The Storm (duration time: 2:58)
5 Dark Age Of Reason (duration time: 7:07)
6 Like Statues In The Garden Of Dreaming (duration time: 3:01)
7 The Oath (duration time: 3:34)
8 …For My Love (duration time: 2:20)
9 Serenity (duration time: 6:05)
10 The Song Of Mourning (duration time: 3:47)

The album is the first effort of Arcana and still remains one of my favorites, after all these years. When I heard Angel of Sorrow and Source of Light for the first time, my euphoria was immense. These songs are a signature of Arcana for me, the major and minor, the eternal darkness, and, yes, the source of light. Dark and brooding, somehow put me into a special and thoughtful mood. Dark Age of Reason is another song that does that to me, the passage in the middle is simply beautiful. For a long time and many years, Like Statues In The Garden Of Dreaming, was my favorite song of Arcana, but later I got that from this album I prefer Angel of Sorrow. But still, all songs from the Dark Age of Reason are worthy and extremely beautiful. A great album to start the adventure with the arcane 🙂

Arcana is a special band for me. Immensely mysterious, sometimes dark yet ethereal. I started my adventure with them when Dark Age of Reason came out and honestly, have never heard anything like that. It was love from first sight.

I imagine the videos – if ever made for this album – would be stormy clouds over a garden filled with statues and phloxes covered arbors.

Personal reating: 9,35/10.

Favourite track: Angel of Sorrow.