Review: Messe Noire

Well here it is, the third and most recent live album from the Polish black metal veterans Behemoth. Those interested in hearing the band do their thing onstage will find Messe Noire to be a highly entertaining album.

Sitting at a reasonably length of fifty minutes long, Messe Moire is a pretty accurate representation of Behemoth’s live show. The band have an extremely heavy sound, helped along primarily from the raw metallic guitar tones. The bass and drums pack a severe wallop as they move the songs along at a frighteningly fast pace.

The song selection is pretty good, especially for those who enjoyed Behemoth’s most recent album, The Satanist. In fact the entire track list of the CD is that of The Satanist. So, essentially this is the album being played live and if you like that, you’ll love the excellent show opener Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel, Furor Divinus, the album title track and a thunderous show stealing rendition of Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer. 

This does make the product a little disappointing in the fact that they didn’t release the entire performance on CD. It would have been great to hear Chant For Eskaton and other fan favourites too. But lets not take away from the band’s over all performance. They sound great and this is a fine album to go alongside it. But it is clear that the concert film is the real selling point here and I have no doubts that would please fans.

Rating : 8 / 10

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Track Listing :

  1. Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel
  2. Furor Divinus
  3. Messe Noire
  4. Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer
  5. Amen
  6. The Satanist
  7. Ben Sahar
  8. In the Absence Ov Light
  9. O Father O Satan O Sun!