6. Behemoth – The Satanist (2014)
Released only this year, accusations of ‘too early’ could be levelled at The Satanist‘s inclusion here but it fully deserves to be lauded as an all-time classic, just 11 mere months after release.
This is another of those records that refuses to be pigeonholed, elements of Black Metal and Death Metal are evident but this transcends mere convenient and meaningless labelling. This is Extreme Metal, in every sense; extreme views, extreme vocals and extreme musicianship and if it tests your tolerance then that should be embraced, art is meant to provoke and inspire and Behemoth raised the artistic bar on this landmark album.
This record stands at the absolute threshold of tolerance, fusing Black Metal and Death Metal with Progressive Metal’s fearless aesthetic and creating an album which conjures desolate images of hell and the devil in a twisted, contorted cavalcade of blast beats, strangled riffs and guttural howls.
Frontman Nergal is lucky to be alive, his well-publicised battle with leukaemia and subsequent return to health obviously playing a huge part in the recording of this colossal album. When music is as expansive and passionate as this it deserves your full attention, your respect and your hard earned cash; go out and get a copy before Satan roasts your nuts for Christmas.