Behexen – Nightside Emanations

Behexen
Nightside Emanations
Released: September 2012
Black Metal
Released via Debemur Morti Productions

‘Nightside Emanations’ is the long-awaited fourth album from the Finnish black metal band Behexen. It follows their 2008 album ‘My Soul For His Glory’ and their split with the Finnish black metal act Satanic Warmaster.

So after the spooky church organ ‘Intro’ it’s straight into some mid-paced, nihilistic black metal with ‘Wrathful Dragon Hau-Hra’ sending shivers down the listener’s spine mostly due to the singer’s unholy shrieks of doom. In ‘Death’s Light’ we are treated to some raw sounding guitar riffs accompanying the aforementioned shrieks and steady drumming.

Then there’s the vocalized invocation of satan in ‘Circle Me’ making it abundantly clear that Behexen hasn’t changed their lyrical themes. The latter also happens to be one of the highlights of the album thanks to the eerie guitars which complement the singer’s delivery of his message to the Horned One. Other noteworthy tracks include: the atmospheric ‘Kiss Of The Dark Mother’ and the gloomy satanic anthem ‘Temple of Silent Curses’ which is all the more memorable thanks to the good guitar solo towards the end of the song.

Overall four years may seem long time but this was well worth the wait.

4/5

Iza Raittila

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