"Noun 1. eschaton - (New Testament) day at the end of time following Armageddon when God will decree the fates of all individual humans according to the good and evil of their earthly lives." source: www.thefreedictionary.com Ezkaton, being Behemoth's latest EP, does precisely what it's supposed to: whet fans' appetites for their upcoming Metal Blade debut album. From the first track, an excellent re-recording of "Chant For Ezkaton E.V. 2,000", to their last; a live version of the opening track blazes forward with brutal and dare I say beautiful blackened/death metal. Their second track is their new song "Qadosh". After that we have two covers, the first being "Jama Pekel" originally by Master's Hammer. The second cover is of the Ramones "I'm Not Jesus". I find it rather cool that they cover a punk song. It just goes to show that an artist can take inspiration from other styles of music. The final three tracks on this EP are live versions of "From Pagan Vastlands", "Decade of Therion" and "Chant For Ezkaton E.V. 2,000". Evidentally I've made the mistake of underestimating Nergal and co. because I expected the live songs to live up to normal live recording value; i.e. lo-fi, somewhat gargled and overall not usually worth listening to. For this EP the live songs were quite well captured. Even Nergal's between song statements are easy to follow. In all I'd highly recommend that anyone into metal pick this up. Whether you're a black/death veteran or a neophite looking for a good starting point. I can pretty much guarantee that you'll be just like me after hearing these 7 songs, salivating in anticipation for their upcoming 2009 album.
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