Behemoth - A Forest (2020)


Not even the COVID-19 pandemic can stop Behemoth from spewing their powerful gospel, and “A Forest” is the evidence of it. Featuring two new songs and two versions of a cover of The Cure’s “A Forest” with Niklas Kvarforth on vocals, this EP continues the path of devastation the band has set upon their 2018 “I Loved You at Your Darkest” release. If you are looking for a way to stay entertained and headbanging through this pandemic, this short but sweet release will carry you over.

For those The Cure fans, Behemoth’s rendition of “A Forest” is a perfectly fitting one. Adding their own sinister touch and the incisive vocals of Niklas Kvarforth. The combined result is one hell of crushing track with ravaging guitars and punishing vocal onslaughts that perfectly bring the band’s touch to an already classic song. Both the studio and live versions are quite engaging, leaving us wishing we could witness the track being played live one day.

Continuing their epic form, “Shadows ov Ea Cast Upon Golgotha” delivers another aural onslaught from the same caliber as all tracks of “ILYAYD”. The pummeling bass guitar line perfectly intertwined with powerful riffs and the massive drumming of Inferno. “Evoe” features an even more sinister tone with demoralizing vocal arrangements and an overall pummeling vibe as the guitars crave crafty melodies. The band’s ability to deliver destruction with high doses of melody is uncanny and these two tracks keep their indomitable momentum going.

Band: Behemoth Album: A Forest

Label: Metal Blade Records

Release: May 29th, 2020

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Genre: Black/Death Metal

Country: Poland

Rating: 95/100

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