On August 7th, 2009, Polish black metal titans Behemoth released their ninth full-length studio album Evangelion. Having greatly evolved with every record, Behemoth came fully into their signature twist on blackened death metal with this release. Translating to “spreading the word of God” or “spreading the good news,” Evangelion is an interpretation of such by Behemoth’s frontman and grand architect Nergal. Rather than taking the common black metal route of dousing the Bible in profanity, Nergal explores its messages directly with varying perspectives of Paganism, Satanism and Thelema. Amenti’s Veil refers to Egyptian deity Thoth’s Emerald Tablets of ancient wisdom, explaining our material reality as a barrier illusion between life’s face value and enlightenment of the soul. The track Transmigrating Beyond Realms ov Amenti pits Thoth’s wisdom against the word of God, interpreting biblical text as the very illusion of Amenti. As she falls with the Holy City, Ecclesia snags the veil, revealing the beak of Thoth and the jaw of the Antichrist whom, according to Hildegard von Bingen, would be birthed from the church itself. Evangelion takes not the path profane blasphemy, but another bold perspective that still rings ten years later.