Behemoth In Dublin: Live Review

By on 18 December 2014
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Photos: Fran Geoghegan

Behemoth have recently finished a triumphant jaunt around Europe in support of their latest album ‘The Satanist’. Weather conditions unfortunately meant that Grand Magus, Decapitated and Winterfylleth were unable to make the band’s sole Dublin show, but as Terrorizer’s Dean Brown discovered, Behemoth were an unstoppable force in their own right…

BEHEMOTH
+ MALTHUSIAN + AETERNUM VALE
THE ACADEMY, DUBLIN

If the storms battering the jagged coastlines of Ireland and the UK prove anything it’s that heavy metal is no match for Mother Nature, as hostile weather conditions have prevented Grand Magus, Decapitated and Winterfylleth from making the short ferry trip to Dublin in support of Behemoth tonight.

The discontent is evident from the sparse crowd who have made it to The Academy early to check out last-minute local replacements, Aeternum Vale and Malthusian.  The former’s underwhelming melodic black metal leaves you wishing they just played Decapitated songs through the PA for half an hour, while the latter take the opportunity by the throat and throttle the life out of the growing throng with their punishing, twisted take on extreme metal.

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Photos: Fran Geoghegan

All disappointment dissipates as darkness sets in, heralding the return of Behemoth to Irish soil. The Polish four-piece enter with Nergal bearing flames to a legion of cheers, before ‘Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel’ proceeds to destroy the baying crowd. Nergal is an indisputable star, and he leads hit blood-spitting band with unearthly charisma: thumping his chest raw while aggressively screaming during ‘Slaves Shall Serve’ and kneeling in trance-like reverence with his arms outstretched after ‘Conquer All’. The unnerving atmosphere Behemoth raise throughout is heightened when the band arrive wearing horned black masks for the encore of ‘O Father O Satan O Son!’. It’s an eye-popping performance overall, one that combines thrilling songs, both new and old, with occultic theatre and the kind of mesmerizing showmanship usually reserved for an arena stage.

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Photos: Fran Geoghegan

Words: Dean Brown
Photos: Fran Geoghegan

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