Behemoth Premiere “Rom 5:8” Music Video

Behemoth have premiered a new video for their song “Rom 5:8.” This track is from the band’s latest album “I Loved You At Your Darkest.” A new tour edition of that record will be released on January 24 and it will feature the original album, as well as a BBC Radio 1 session, new artwork by Nicola Samori, and a previously unreleased documentary called “Thou Darkest Art,” which was filmed at the band’s art gallery in London, England.

Behemoth Planning To Reissue Their Back Catalog

According to Behemoth frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski, the band are planning to reissue their “back catalogue with massive bonus content, both audio and aesthetics.” The first release in the series is a reissue of the group’s debut EP, “And The Forests Dream Eternally,” which is expected to be released in May.

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When I thought that all of those tapes were long gone buried by time and dust I came across this hidden treasure…! One of my garage band’s names was Centaur and we played… Black Death metal! It must have been ‘88 or ‘89 I believe. All I remember from those “session” is that there was a song called “Necromancer”. Now I’m waiting for a friend of mine to bring the cassette player so I can check if the tape is legit. It should be! I don’t think it’s ever worth publishing but for my personal archives and the whole career profile it is pretty crucial. For all the @behemothofficial fans out there, along with this tape I found several Behemoth demo masters, rehearsal cassettes and live recordings from late ‘90! What I am working on now is reissue of the back catalogue with massive bonus content, both audio and aesthetics! Stay tuned! “…And the forests dream eternally” comes out first in May 2020!

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Behemoth To Release Tour Edition Of “I Loved You At Your Darkest”

Behemoth have revealed that they are planning to release a new tour edition of “I Loved You At Your Darkest.“ This version features the original album, as well as a BBC Radio 1 session that was recorded in October of 2018, new artwork by Nicola Samori, and a previously unreleased documentary called “Thou Darkest Art,” which was filmed at the band’s art gallery in London, England last year. The “I Loved You At Your Darkest Tour Edition” will be available during the band’s European tour with Slipknot. Before that run, the BBC Radio 1 session will also be released as a digital EP on January 10. You can check out a live video for “Wolves Of Siberia” from that session below:

Behemoth’s Nergal Discusses Antifa Shirt Controversy, Says He Lied About Being Kicked Out Of YMCA For Wearing A Darkthrone Shirt

During a recent interview with Kerrang!, Behemoth’s Nergal discussed the controversy surrounding a shirt he shared on Instagram that said “Black metal against antifa” on the front and “Kill them. Show no mercy. Fuck antifa!” on the back. While talking about that, the frontman also admitted that he lied about getting kicked out of a YMCA for wearing a Darkthrone shirt.

Nergal said the following after being asked why he thinks the Antifa shirt caused controversy:

“Honestly, I have no idea. First of all, people misinterpret things on the spot. They don’t ask questions anymore. It made headlines everywhere. And I like stirring the shit up – that’s my nature. I like trolling, and I like provoking people. Remember that story of me being rejected from the YMCA?”

“Orion [Behemoth bassist] and I went, but we had to go back to another gym, and I just made up the story that we were rejected because of our beliefs, blah, blah, blah. Man! It made headlines all over the place. People are being fucking outraged… people saying that I should get beaten, that my opponents would just be happy about that. And I’m just reading all these comments and all these headlines and I’m going like, ‘Why?’ No-one would bother to ask me if it’s true – because it wasn’t true – I made up a story. It was again another occasion that I realised how it’s easy to manipulate people, how to fool them around and just make whatever you want to do.”

He continued:

“So we were in Finland and someone left this ‘Black metal against Antifa’ shirt, and one of the guys wore it. So, again, I took a photo of that and made a quick comment. From my observation, every time I hear about concert cancellations from bands that I know, and I know for a fact that are everything but political – the last thing you could say about Bölzer and several others – is that they’re fascists. They are not. Because if they were fascists, we wouldn’t be friends. Everyone now who knows me knows that I am anti any totalitarian regime. So I made the point that, ‘Hey, Antifa, if you guys want to fight fascism, use your brain first’, you know? Because you’re aiming [at] the wrong targets. And I’m pissed off, because it’s stupid. And it’s also the reason that the world is so imbalanced.

“It’s one radicalism replaced by another. All of a sudden, I was accused of being sentimental about Hitler, which I find, frankly, disgusting. Why would you even say that? That’s stupid. So I came up with this metaphor. The way that the world thinks, these days, in its majorities, is like, ‘Are you against Hitler?’ You say, ‘Yes, I am against Hitler.’ ‘Well then, you must be a Stalin supporter.’ Or, ‘You’re against Stalin? Then you must be pro-Hitler.’ That’s how people think these days. They think black and white. There are no in-betweens, no grey spots. There’s no middle ground. It’s either this or that. The world is bipolar, all the way through. Which is very unjust, and stupid.

“So for me, it’s like, ‘Guys, give me the right to think that both are assholes, and they killed 50 million people.’ I want to be in the middle, and I’m in the middle and I have my opinion: both [sides] are shitty. So hey, Antifa, I know that I generalise. Someone kinda gave me some extra knowledge; that there’s a German Antifa that actually know what they’re doing, and I don’t really know much about that – I just know that they attack venues, they attack people physically, but on many occasions they just don’t know who those people are.

“And if you follow my social media, you know that I’m pro-LGBT, I’m always pro-womens’ rights. When it comes to black metal, I’m way too liberal for how conservative this genre is. But then again I’m way too old to pretend. Whenever I think the world is unjust, and there is no justice, I just say something. And I understand that for some people it’s not very comfortable, what I’m saying. But the last thing you should do is to accuse me of any radicalism. I said that several times, too: I love my art to be radical and extreme. This is the spot where I go. This is my place. But offstage? Man, I’m just a liberal with a big mouth. That’s all I am.”

Nergal was also asked about Graveland and Bölzer, who have both been accused of having links to national socialist movements. It’s worth noting that a controversial photo of the frontman with Graveland’s Rob “Rob Darken” Fudali surfaced late last year. Nergal said the following after being asked about the aforementioned bands:

“I mean, how can you call Okoi [Thierry Jones] from Bölzer a fascist when his dad is black? People are not aware of what they are doing or saying. I know these guys, and they are genuine artists, and they’re pure as fuck when it comes to politics: they’re apolitical. Most of these bands are apolitical. I kind of gave up on just being an advocate. I don’t want to do that because the world is stupid these days, and it’s just getting worse and worse. So I’m like, ‘Fuck it.’ Fuck it, because it’s just wrong… But then again, if you ask me, I disagree with a lot of stuff that is happening out there.

“And then again, as much as I’m a supporter of minorities and I’m friends with minorities, it triggers the antagonists as well. Whenever I make a post about pro-gay rights, it immediately puts me in ‘the gay section’. Which again, is wrong. I’m not gay, and if I was gay, you’d know it. If I was transgender, you would fucking know it, because that’s my nature. I’m not here to lurk in the shadows. I’m here to be who the fuck I am. Like being honest with myself, and with fans, and with the world. That’s what I am. But what I dislike to the maximum is the fact that people just see black and white. That’s all they see. And I always advise our fans or whoever is asking, ‘Guys, please, just stop being judgmental. Just to think twice before you throw accusations.’ It’s so easy to throw shit at other people these days. Do they deserve that? In most cases, I guess not. So do some investigation. Talk. Think. Fucking wait with your language. Wait with your wording, because sometimes it’s too much. So maybe I didn’t wait with my wording when I made my post about Antifa, okay? And I admit that.

“But then again, a few days ago, I came across Nick Cave’s interview about that. And guess what? I’m reading that, like, ‘Wow!’ and I’m sorry that I can’t explain myself so well, but he said exactly what I was trying to say. I just use a more straight-up, more radical or whatever expression. But he said exactly what I mean.”

You can read more from Nergal HERE.

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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)

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]