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The Apostasy

For the renunciation of one's religion, see Apostasy.
The Apostasy
Behemoth
Released July 2, 2007 (2007-07-02) (Europe)
July 17, 2007 (2007-07-17) (USA)
Recorded November, 2006 – April, 2007
Radio Gdańsk in Gdańsk, Poland
Genre Death metal
Length 39:52
Label Regain
Century Media
Mystic Production
Producer Nergal
Arkadiusz Malczewski
Behemoth chronology

Demonica
(2006)
The Apostasy
(2007)
At the Arena ov Aion – Live Apostasy
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4.5/5 stars[1]
Blabbermouth.net 8/10 stars[2]

The Apostasy is the eighth full-length album by Polish blackened death metal band Behemoth. The album was released on July 17, 2007 through Regain Records. It was recorded at the Radio Gdańsk Studios from November 2006 till March 2007. The record was then mixed by Daniel Bergstrand in the Dug Out Studio in Uppsala, Sweden in March 2007. Then it was mastered by Bjorn Engelmann in the Cutting Room Studios in Stockholm, Sweden also in March 2007.[3]

Unlike Behemoth's previous studio albums, the piano and a horn section (a trio of trumpet, trombone, French horn) were used in several of the album's songs. During the recording sessions, the band re-recorded a new version of "Chant for Eschaton 2000" – originally released on their album Satanica – which was released on the band's 2008 EP, Ezkaton. The Apostasy is Behemoth's first album to chart on the Billboard 200, having debuted at #149. The album was also put out in vinyl format limited to 500 copies.[4]

The album title refers to "apostasy", the state of having forsaken one's professed belief set, often in favour of opposing beliefs or causes. The album cover artwork is a depiction of the Hindu goddess Kali.[5]

Track listing

No. TitleLyricsMusic Length
1. "Rome 64 C.E."  Nergal 1:16
2. "Slaying the Prophets ov Isa"  NergalNergal 3:23
3. "Prometherion"  NergalNergal 3:03
4. "At the Left Hand ov God"  Nergal, Krzysztof AzarewiczNergal 4:58
5. "Kriegsphilosophie"  NergalNergal 4:23
6. "Be Without Fear"  NergalNergal 3:17
7. "Arcana Hereticae"  Nergal, Krzysztof AzarewiczNergal 2:58
8. "Libertheme"  NergalNergal 4:53
9. "Inner Sanctum"  NergalNergal 5:01
10. "Pazuzu"  NergalNergal 2:37
11. "Christgrinding Avenue"  NergalNergal 3:50

Explanation of song titles

  • "Rome 64 C.E." – the Great Fire of Rome occurred in 64 C.E., in which Peter from the bible (and possible other apostles as well), were allegedly killed. This explains the name of the song "Slaying the Prophets ov Isa".
  • "Slaying the Prophets ov Isa" – Isa is the Arabic name for Jesus.
  • "Prometherion" is a portmanteau of Prometheus (Greek: Προμηθεύς; "forethought") and Therion (Greek: θηρίον; "wild animal" or "beast").
  • "At the Left Hand ov God" is referring to the Left-Hand Path (Left-Hand Path and Right-Hand Path)
  • "Kriegsphilosophie" is German for "philosophy of war".
  • "Pazuzu" – the Pazuzu was a much-feared creature of legend in Mesopotamian mythology, with a deformed head, wings of an eagle, sharp claws of a lion on its feet, and tail of a scorpion. It is the personification of the south-east storm wind, which brings diseases.
  • "Christgrinding Avenue" talks about the Via Dolorosa and the crucifixion of Jesus.

Charts

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Polish Album Charts 9
US Billboard 200 149
US Hard Rock Albums 24
US Top Heatseekers 2

Personnel

Behemoth
Guest appearance
Additional musicians and production
  • Poitr Gluck – trumpet
  • Jacek Swedrzynski – French horn
  • Marcin Dziecielewski – trombone
  • Hanna Kwiatkowska – soprano
  • Anna Asmus – soprano
  • Sylwia Falecka – alto
  • Tamara Hejka–Grom – alto
  • Grzegorz Zieba – tenor
  • Franciszek Iskrzycki – tenor
  • Piotr Macalak – basso
  • Piotr Gluch – trumpet, trumpet arrangements
  • Krzysztof Azarewicz – incantations, spells
  • Kuba Mankowski – choral arrangements
  • Piotr Banka – trumpet arrangements
  • Arkadiusz "Malta" Malczewski – sound engineering, co–production
  • Marcin Malinowski – assistant engineer
  • Daniel Bergstrand – mixing
  • Bjorn Engelmann – mastering
  • Tomasz Danilowicz – cover concept, design and artwork, mask design
  • Krzysztof "Sado" Sadowski – band photography
  • Zbigniew Jozwik – mask sculpture
  • Sharon E. Wennekers – grammatical consultations

References

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