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Friday, August 12, 2011

Behemoth - Ezkaton EP

Released : November 11, 2008
Recorded : November, 2006 – April, 2007, October 2007
Genre : Death Metal
Length : 27:53
Label : Metal Blade, Regain, Mystic
Producer : Self-released

There's a lot of different material on this EP, much like Behemoth's two previous EPs. Except for the live tracks, the songs were recorded during the time when the band was recording The Apostasy. The first track, "Chant for Ezkaton 2000 e.v.", is a re-recording of the song found on the Satanica album, and it's done very well. Next is "Qadosh", a new original song that is also done well, but it would have been nice if there were lyrics included. "Jama Pekel" and "I'm Not Jesus" are both covers that Behemoth put their own style to; I especially liked the Master's Hammer cover since I wasn't aware of this Czech band prior to listening to this EP. There's also a cover of the MIsfits' "Devilock" on the vinyl version of this release. On a side note, "Devilock" could have been easily added to the CD release, so to me it seems like the vinyl version was mainly a cash grab by Metal Blade with the bonus track being exclusive to the box set. Finally, the EP ends with three live songs, which one of them is "Chant for Ezkaton 2000 e.v." yet again. While this EP can't be compared to a full album, there's enough variety in it to keep the Behemoth fans entertained before the band's next release.

Tracks

1. Chant for Ezkaton 2000 e.v.
2. Qadosh
3. Jama Pekel (Master's Hammer cover)
4. I'm Not Jesus (Ramones cover)
5. From the Pagan Vastlands (Live)
6. Decade Ov Therion (Live)
7. Chant for Ezkaton 2000 e.v. (Live)


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