Behemoth - Thelema.6 LP
A total must for every Behemoth fan to obtain. While Satanica was pretty much a straightforward death metal fest, Thelema.6 shines through great variety within rhythmic structures, riffing, bass playing and of course Inferno's blast drumming.
The whole album feels like Nergal and cohortes decided to define their sound more closely. The rhythm changes may sound weird and unexpected sometimes, but it actually works great on songs like "Antichristian Phenomenom" or "Natural Born Philosopher". Other utensiles like clean voice or acoustic guitar solos add perfectly to the dark atmosphere, while those elements are never overdone and put in very decently. The finisher "23 (The Youth Manifesto)" makes a perfect closer on this album as well as on concerts, shining through a strongly progressive touch and slow down in pace, while Nergal just holds a kind of speech to his listeners.
But there's also a mentionable amount of lesser experimental tracks, ready to make you go nuts and destroy your neck. Songs like "Pan Satyros" or the infamous "Christians to the Lions" sound just like Behemoth are known for in todays times, being strong representatives for their coming sounds. Fast, forward guitar work and insane blastbeat / doublebass drums, accompanied by Nergals harsh growling vocals.
Another great thing about this album is the presence of the bass. Novy does a great job slapping and pulling the heck out of his instrument, plus the production allowing him to be clearly audible most of the time. A negative thing to mention about the production my be that it sounds very thin and clinical, expecially leaving the guitar with much less volume than on Satanica. This may also be the reason of the impression that the songs on Thelema.6 lack substance compared to its predecessor and follow-up album.