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Behemoth - "Evangelia Heretika" (DVD)

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"Evangelia Heretika" track listing:

DVD I:
Live in Warsaw 2009 E.V. Recorded: 25.IX.2009 at Stodola, Warsaw, Poland
1. Intro
2. Ov Fire and the Void
3. Demigod
4. Pan Satyros
5. Shemhamforash
6. Conquer All
7. Decade ov Therion
8. Wolves Guard My Coffin
9. Christians to the Lions
10. At the Left Hand ov God
11. Slaves Shall Serve
12. As Above So Below
13. Drum Solo
14. Lam
15. Alas, Lord Is Upon Me
16. Antichristian Phenomenon
17. Chant for Exkaton 2000 E.V.
18. Lucifer

Live in Paris 2008 E.V. Recorded: 17.II.2008 at Locomotive, Paris, France
1. Rome 64 C.E.
2. Slaying the Prophets ov Isa
3. Antichristian Phenomenon
4. Demigod
5. From the Pagan Vastlands
6. Conquer All
7. Prometherion
8. Drum Solo
9. Slave Shall Serve
10. As Above So Below
11. At the Left Hand ov God
12. Summoning ov the Ancient Ones
13. Christgrinding Avenue
14. Christians to the Lions
15. Sculpting the Throne ov Seth
16. Decade ov Therion
17. Chant for Ezkaton 2000 E.V.
18. I Got Erection
19. Pure Evil & Hate

DVD II:
Documentaries
1. Evangelia Nova
2. De Arte Heretika Videos and Bonus Material
1. Decade ov Therion
2. As Above So Below
3. Conquer All
4. Slaves Shall Serve
5. Prometherion
6. At the Left Hand ov God
7. Inner Sanctum
8. Ov Fire and the Void
9. Alas, Lord is Upon Me

DVD III:
Bonus Audio CD Live in Warsaw 2009 E.V.
1. Intro
2. Ov Fire and the Void
3. Demigod
4. Pan Satyros
5. Shemhamforash
6. Conquer All
7. Decade ov Therion
8. Wolves Guard My Coffin
9. Christians to the Lions
10. At the Left Hand ov God
11. Slaves Shall Serve
12. As Above So Below
13. Drum Solo
14. Lam
15. Alas, Lord Is Upon Me
16. Antichristian Phenomenon
17. Chant for Exkaton 2000 E.V.
18. Lucifer

Reviewed by on February 2, 2011

"After frontman Nergal ate up leukemia and shat it out on a stack of Bibles, watching him tear it up on stage and work a crowd is honestly inspiring."

After frontman Nergal ate up leukemia and shat it out on a stack of Bibles, watching him tear it up on stage and work a crowd is honestly inspiring. “Evangelia Heretika” is the DVD set Behemoth fans have been waiting for, spanning two full concerts and following the band across the world on tour. The three disc set has a little bit of everything, from the band performing at full force in front of a screaming audience to behind the scenes footage showing that even death metal icons get the jitters before a big show.

The bulk of the set consists of full Behemoth shows in Warsaw, Poland and Paris, France. The Warsaw show will probably be of most interest to a potential viewer, as it includes material from the band’s latest album “Evangelion.” All of the material is a lesson in how to destroy an audience with earth shattering death metal, but watching the live material really showcases how “Evangelion” is the peak of the band’s career.

Although not as over-the-top or interactive with the crowd as a group like Gwar, the lads from Behemoth put on a high energy show with plenty of theatrics and stage props. In a nod to the group’s black metal roots, there is even a brief bout of fire breathing from the drummer. Watching the live shows is a bit like seeing a stripped down version of a Behemoth music video, as the performances have the same general atmosphere as the band’s infamous videos. The footage from the concerts is high quality, using a dizzying array of camera angles mixed in with still photos and some visual effects to keep things interesting. The only downside to the live shows is that the sound quality isn’t as good as on the albums themselves, but that’s something that has to be dealt with in a live setting being recorded.

Nergal and the rest of the band speak mostly in Polish throughout the set, which is a bit of an issue in the Warsaw show, as it doesn’t include subtitles. The documentaries and special features all have English subtitles, however, so it’s not a huge problem. Two separate mini-documentaries are found on the second disc, which go very in-depth into how Behemoth operates on the road. There’s humor and insight in about equal doses, which makes it genuinely fun to watch. Nergal’s reaction to a baby in line at a signing session is a laugh out loud moment, as are some of the camera antics, such as when a crew member points the camera up at a top bunk that is making some suspiciously sexual noises.

Sound quality aside, “Evangelia Heretika” practically demands to belong in the collection of any Behemoth fan, or anyone who wants to see a true metal warrior doing what he does best.

Highs: High quality live shows and loads of in-depth documentary footage

Lows: Sound quality is slightly lower on the concerts. There's also significanlty more wang than would be expected in the documentaries, but for some Behemoth fans that may be a "pro" instead.

Bottom line: Pretty much a "must buy" for serious Behemoth fans, showing the Polish death metal act doing what it does best.

Rated 4.0 out of 5 skulls
4.0 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)