Behemoth To Release 10″ EP “O Pentagram Ignis“

Behemoth have announced that they will be releasing a new 10″ EP titled “O Pentagram Ignis” this fall. The effort will be available on the group’s upcoming “Ecclesia Diabolica Baltica” tour and it will be limited to 666 copies, including 333 pressed on clear vinyl and 333 pressed on white vinyl. Each copy will be signed by the band.

Nergal commented:

“The Ecclesia Diabolica Baltica tour will not only bring the most innovative concert production and a surprising setlist but will also offer new special merchandise made especially for this tour. A lot of things will be premiered and the most important one being the beautiful 10″ EP “O Pentagram Ignis”, which will be strictly limited, available ONLY during the concerts taking place in September and October! All copies will be signed by the band! Don’t miss out on this!”

“O Pentagram Ignis” Track Listing:

Side A:

01. “O Pentagram Ignis”
02. “Sabbath Mater” (live)

Side B:

01. “Wolves Ov Siberia” (live)
02. “Ecclesia Diabolica Catholica” (live)

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Behemoth’s Nergal Says He Was Kicked Out Of A YMCA For Wearing A Darkthrone Shirt & Not Worshipping Jesus

Behemoth are currently on tour in the U.S. on the “Knotfest Roadshow” and during some time off, frontman Nergal decided to go workout at a YMCA. However, he ended up getting kicked out of the establishment for wearing a Darkthrone shirt and not worshipping Jesus. You can find a video of Nergal discussing that below:

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Behemoth Planning To Release New Album In 2021

It looks like Behemoth’s next album will arrive in 2021. Frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski confirmed the news during an interview with 96.7 KCAL at the San Bernardino stop of the Knotfest Roadshow.

Nergal said the following:

“I’m inspired, and I’m going to surprise you — we’re already making new music. It’s never been that way [before]. For some reason, I’m just… first of all, there’s some unreleased music from [the ‘I Loved You At Your Darkest’] session. I’m proud of the songs; we just need to find the right place, the right time, the right occasion to [release them]. It’s happening eventually. We start jamming and demoing later this year, and in the meantime, I’m putting the final touches to the second ME AND THAT MAN album as well. There’s work on several levels simultaneously. I’m very creative and very productive lately. ME AND THAT MAN is going to be [released during] the first half of 2020, and BEHEMOTH is going to be 2021, one hundred percent. ‘I Loved You At Your Darkest’ is still a very fresh record, but when I get back to that, I’m, like, [sighs]. You need time to process that if you really want to match that quality, and eventually overcome that and deliver quality that is different to that so you’re not really copying yourself. You’re delivering something that is fresh, and every time, it’s a higher and higher challenge. I think that’s the main reason why I’m around, because if it stopped being a challenge and we can just, ‘Oh, let’s just cash [in].’ I’m not just trying to be nice saying that, but it really feels good [now]. For all those kids today when we played, there’s a chunk of the audience that is probably familiar with what we do, but I bet that, like, two-thirds maybe never heard of us. That is the most exciting moments in our career. You have 11 records and countless tours and almost [a] 30-year career going, and there’s still people who don’t know you. That’s the point — to convert these kids, to push and don’t get too spoiled. It’s good to be [a] newcomer. It’s good to be first on the bill. It’s a good experience.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Concert Review: Slipknot, Volbeat, Gojira, & Behemoth In Mountain View, CA

Last night (July 26), I attended the opening night of Slipknot’s “Knotfest Roadshow” at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA and it was one hell of a concert.

Behemoth kicked off the night with a dose of blackened death metal. The group took the stage with skull masks and blasted into “Wolves ov Siberia” much to the excitement of those who showed up early to catch their set. From there, the band removed the masks to reveal their corpse paint, before powering through tracks like “Daimonos” and “Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer.” The group’s sound was completely on point and they definitely proved that they are a top notch live act. Some highlights from their set included the aforementioned “Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer,” “Bartzabel,” which frontman Nergal donned a Pope hat for, and “Chant For Eschaton 2000.”

After Behemoth, it was time for Gojira. The band’s brand of groove oriented death/progressive metal captured the audience from the get-go. The group opened with “Oroborus” before rocking tracks like “Backbone” and “Stranded.” They were definitely one of the strongest acts of the night with unmatched musicianship and technicality. If you have yet to see Gojira live, you are definitely doing yourself a disservice. Some highlights from their set included the aforementioned “Oroborus,” “Flying Whales,” and “Silvera.”

Once Gojira finished, it was time for the hard rock stylings of Volbeat. The band were firing on all cylinders and gave the crowd something they could dance to after the heavier nature of the previous acts. As frontman Michael Poulsen said: “Did Behemoth steal your soul? Did Gojira rip your face off? Well, we’re here to make you beautiful again.” The group kicked things of with “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” and after that it was nothing but killer tracks and impeccable guitar work from Rob Caggiano (ex-Anthrax) and Poulsen. Some highlights from their set included “Sad Man’s Tongue,” which was complete with a partial performance of Johnny Cash’s “Ring Of Fire,” “Slaytan,” “Doc Holliday,” “Seal the Deal,” and “Still Counting.”

After Volbeat, it was time for the headliners of the evening, nu-metal legends Slipknot. A giant banner with the band’s logo was on display as AC/DC’s “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)” rocked the amphitheatre. “(515)” then started to play through the speakers as everyone screamed. After the track, the banner fell as the group launched into “People = Shit” followed by “(sic).”

The band sounded absolutely perfect. Between Corey Taylor’s insanely powerful vocals, Mick Thomson and Jim Root’s masterful guitar work, Alessandro Venturella’s grooving bass lines, and Jay Weinberg’s incredible drumming, everything was solid on all fronts. Percussionist M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan, the new percussionist, who fans have been calling “Tortilla Man,” and DJ Sid Wilson were also extremely entertaining with their stage antics. Furthermore, Wilson and sampler Craig Jones seemed to be more audible in the mix, which was cool to see. On top of the phenomenal showmanship, the band also had awesome stage production that only added to the experience.

The setlist was amazing too. Fans got all the hits like “Before I Forget,” “Psychosocial,” “Duality,” and “Vermilion,” mixed with a couple of new songs including “Unsainted” off their new album “We Are Not Your Kind” (out August 9) and their 2018 single “All Out Life.” They even pulled out a deeper cut with a performance of “Prosthetics.” It’s too hard to even choose a highlight, but “Spit It Out” is always amazing, especially since the band have everyone get down on the floor only to have them jump back up when Taylor gives the signal.

All in all, it was a stellar show and if you have a chance to catch this tour, it will definitely be worth your while.

Behemoth Premiere “Sabbath Mater” Music Video

Behemoth have premiered a new video for their song “Sabbath Mater.” This track is from the band’s latest album, “I Loved You At Your Darkest.” The group commented:

“We bring you the new video for ‘Sabbath Mater‘. The energy and vibe was made for performance and that’s exactly what we accomplished in the video. Oh, and some ungodly imagery — it is a Behemoth video after all. As always, we are fortunate to have the mighty Grupa 13 helping us to manifest our nefarious visions. Enjoy it and we’ll see you very soon.”

Irish Councillor Calls For Behemoth To Be Banned From Performing In Limerick

Limerick Councillor Kevin Sheehan is apparently seeking to get Behemoth banned from playing in the city due to their Satanic beliefs. The band are currently set to perform with Amon Amarth at King John’s Castle in Limerick, Ireland on June 17.

Sheehan said the following on TodayFM’s “The Last Word With Matt Cooper“:

“To me, the objection is well founded and it’s quite justified. Satanism is associated with evil. And I’m a Christian. I wouldn’t be blowing my trumpet too loud about that. I’m an average Christian, if there’s such a thing. And what I am against totally is anything to do with Satanism and with evil thoughts, music or practices.”

He also added the following when asked how he would stop Behemoth from performing:

“We have laws in this country. The justice minister, Charlie Flanagan, about a month ago decided to exercise a 1999 act which allowed him to prevent a pastor from America, a guy called Steven Anderson, and he had anti-Semitic and anti-gay views, and he was prevented, because of those views, from coming to Ireland. So I was calling on the minister to give serious consideration to using the same laws to prevent these Satanic people from coming to Limerick next Monday.”

He went on to say he has “no problem” with certain concerts or music:

“I have gone to several concerts myself in my time. The last one I went to, actually, was one that you probably were there yourself. Ennio Morricone, his last tour, he played in Dublin, and I went and totally enjoyed the experience. I have gone to many concerts in my time — Michael Jackson, Neil Diamond… I have no problem with music. Music can be the soul of our lives. But not Satanic practices or thoughts or promotions. I have no facility in my life for any of that.”

Behemoth frontman Nergal has since responded:

“Nihil novi. Another attention whore which Poland’s politics is full of. But do we really need that kind of publicity? Nope. But I’m thankful regardless!”

[via Blabbermouth]