Behemoth’s “Sventevith (Storming Near The Baltic)” To Be Reissued In September

Metal Blade Records will be reissuing Behemoth‘s “Sventevith (Storming Near The Baltic)” on September 3. Here’s the available formats:

– digibook 2CD (hardcover digibook, 48-page booklet)
– 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– clear beige brown marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 700 copies)
– silver vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– white / black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– clear w/ black dust vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– gold w/ black dust vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– clear ash gray marbled vinyl (US exclusive)

Behemoth Premiere “Shadows Ov Ea Cast Upon Golgotha” Music Video

Behemoth have premiered a new video for their song “Shadows Ov Ea Cast Upon Golgotha.” This track is from the band’s latest album “I Loved You At Your Darkest.” Frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski commented:

“‘Shadows Ov Ea Cast Upon Golgotha‘ is the final piece of the puzzle to complete the ‘ILYAYD’ cycle. An amazing album campaign for Behemoth, and this is its grand send off! Once again, we collaborated with Grupa 13 and created a very cinematic script and vision. There are numerous references linking this new video and our previous videos for ‘God=Dog‘ and other ‘ILYAYD’ videos. It’s all high-end, unseen footage and has a cool and intriguing story running through it. And Legions, we have a busy end to the year and we HOPE to see many of you in the Fall on The European Siege with Arch Enemy, Carcass and Unto Others. Regardless, prepare yourselves for some monumental announcements to come over the next 12 months!”

Behemoth Announce “The Seven Seals” NFT Series

Behemoth have announced a new NFT series, which they are calling “The Seven Seals.” The band will be releasing the collection tomorrow (May 7) at 12:00pm PDT / 3:00pm EDT via makersplace.com.

Behemoth commented:

“We are proud to announce our continued collaboration with Rowan E Cassidy – The Seven Seals NFT series as part of Rowan’s first feature on MakersPlace, commissioned to celebrate the 7th anniversary of ‘The Satanist‘.

Each (1 of 1) NFT consists of a looping animation with sound featuring uniquely remixed audio from ‘The Satanist‘ by Orion. In addition, each winning bidder will receive an original, extremely limited ‘Master’ edition print (1 of 1) cosigned by Behemoth and the artist Rowan E Cassidy, merging physical and digital art into one offering.

When Rowan approached us with the idea, we were excited to have an opportunity to put our stamp on a brand new format for artists which enables them to take perpetual equity in their work and challenged Orion to create something really special which will document our introduction into the digital art space!

The Seven Seals NFT collection drops tomorrow at 8PM BST, 9PM CEST & 12PM PT”

Nergal Says Behemoth Will Be Celebrating Their 30th Anniversary “With Some Awesome Stuff”

Behemoth previously confirmed that they were working on a new album and now it looks like the band are planning something for their 30th anniversary as well. Frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski said the following about the group’s current plans during an interview with Summa Inferno:

“Things are happening, let’s put it that way. We’re working hard, but we’re in no rush, because, for now, there’s really no light [at the end of] the tunnel yet. And I don’t wanna spoil anything, but I honestly don’t think any touring is happening this year. I wish it would, but it’s not. That’s my guess. I hope I’m wrong. But if I’m right, expect new music in ’22. Maybe [the new album from Nergal’s folk side project] ME AND THAT MAN will be released later this year, which would make sense, and it’s gonna be followed by the next BEHEMOTH album. But we’ve got some aces up our sleeves. And even if there’s no new music, we’re celebrating three decades — 30 years — anniversary with BEHEMOTH, and, obviously, we’ll celebrating that with some awesome stuff. So, yeah, stay tuned.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Behemoth’s Nergal Discusses His Decision To Appeal His Blasphemy Conviction

As previously reported, Behemoth’s Adam “Nergal” Darski recently appealed after being convicted of “offending religious feelings” in Poland. Since he pleaded not guilty, the case is now set to go to trial. Darski has further discussed that decision with The Irish Times saying that if he got a criminal charge on his record it would make it hard for him to tour internationally.

Darski said the following:

“I don’t think the public know the details of the level of harassment I have been through. It is getting monstrous, and it is a growing tide of censorship and harassment. Every few weeks I have to check myself in at the police and go for different hearings and spend a fortune on lawyers with all the costs around court cases.

I am being the perfect target. The Polish authorities just pick on me. It is not a secret that a prosecution officer has me as his favourite scapegoat. He follows my Instagram account. Can you imagine that? It’s insane and absolutely unprecedented.”

“I am being made a criminal for posting a fucking photograph on Instagram. In Ireland you have been through all this before, but now you are a secular state. Now I give Ireland as an example of what Poland should follow in order to evolve.”

He also added:

“We are going backwards in time, more backward thinking. It is a violation of the most basic human laws. It is not just me. There are different artists being harassed by police and self-proclaimed censors. They forget that Poland is still a pluralisatic country. It is not a Catholic or a totalitarian state. We are a democratic and pluralistic democracy, which means we can say what we want about other religions. The authorities are trying to censor us and shut us down.”

“We can’t be part of the European Union if we are upholding different standards. We have a blasphemy law, and we are the only country in Europe that still holds to that law – and that is insane. That is an excuse for all of those people, all those opportunists. I must win, because we can’t see my case becoming a precedent. People like myself need to be protected to freely express themselves.”

This news comes after Darski launched an “Ordo Blasfemia” crowdfunding campaign to help artists fight back against Poland’s anti-blasphemy laws.

Behemoth’s Nergal Launches “Ordo Blasfemia” Crowdfunding Campaign To Help Artists Fight Back Against Poland’s Anti-Blasphemy Laws

Behemoth’s Adam “Nergal” Darski has been involved in multiple legal issues over the years due to Poland’s anti-blasphemy laws and now he is fighting back. The frontman has launched a crowdfunding campaign, which he is calling “Ordo Blasfemia,” to help “fund a sustainable legal challenge to squash the existing and incoming bogus prosecutions.”

Nergal said the following:

“My name is Nergal and I am an artist from Poland. For over a decade I have been confronted with numerous attempts to permanently destroy my career on the basis that I have harmed ‘religious feelings’. It sounds absurd and I can assure you, it is.

Many Polish artists, including myself, have been dragged into court rooms, at our own significant costs, to defend ourselves against nonsensical blasphemy laws made by tenuous Politicans. Their intent is to censor anyone who does not conform to the archaic religious laws of our country. The time has come for Polish artists to fight back – join us in the Ordo Blasfemia.

Your donation will help fund a sustainable legal challenge to squash the existing and incoming bogus prosecutions. Help us reach the target so we can distribute to other artists facing their own legal challenges.

If you are unable to donate – thank you for your support. Please keep checking back in and sharing updates!”

This news comes after Nergal was recently convicted of “offending religious feelings” after sharing a photo that appeared to show him stepping on a picture of the Virgin Mary. Authorities became aware of the image after ultra-conservative group Ordo luris and another organization called the Patriotic Society claimed that he “offended the religious feelings of four people.” The frontman was ordered to pay a fine of 15,000 złoty (approximately $4,000) and court costs of nearly 3,500 zloty (approximately $942). However, he has since contested the judgement, so it will now go to trial.

Behemoth Planning To Release New Album This Fall

Behemoth have expanded their contract with Nuclear Blast to a worldwide deal. The band’s new album is expected to be released through the label this fall.

Frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski commented:

“Nuclear Blast has been a household name in metal for decades, and Behemoth has been part of that long and illustrious history. But now is about the future, and we look forward to beginning Behemoth‘s next chapter with a refocused and revitalized team at Nuclear Blast!”

Jens Prüter, Nuclear Blast Europe’s head of A&R, added:

“It’s a great pleasure to extend our partnership for the worldwide release of Behemoth’s upcoming studio albums. Their 30-year journey has not yet reached its pinnacle, and we are more than proud to assist them on their way to being not only the biggest extreme metal band, but also one of the most exciting rock acts of the next decade. There are just a few bands who have the vision and will to dominate the music scene. Special thanks also to their management powerhouse 5B — namely, Adam Foster and Justin Arcangel — for making this happen on all levels.”

Behemoth’s Nergal Convicted Of “Offending Religious Feelings” In Poland

According to Notes From Poland, Behemoth’s Adam “Nergal” Darski has been convicted of “offending religious feelings” in his homeland of Poland. A court in Warsaw found the frontman guilty of violating anti-blasphemy laws due to a photo he posted in September 2019, which appeared to show him stepping on a picture of the Virgin Mary. Authorities became aware of the image after ultra-conservative group Ordo luris and another organization called the Patriotic Society claimed that Darski “offended the religious feelings of four people.” The frontman was ordered to pay a fine of 15,000 złoty (approximately $4,000) and court costs of nearly 3,500 zloty (approximately $942). However, he has since contested the judgement, so it will now go to trial. Darski commented:

“Will I let superstition and fundamentalist dogmas capitalize on this and EVERY other case of the same nature? FUCK NO! Nigel has some ases up his sleeve… Just wait and see 🖕😎”

Behemoth’s Nergal Is Facing Another Anti-Blasphemy Charge In Poland

Behemoth’s Adam “Nergal” Darski is apparently facing another anti-blasphemy charge in his homeland of Poland. The frontman was said to have “offended religious feelings” after sharing an altered image of the Virgin Mary online in 2019. He has since been indicted in Warsaw, Poland.

Super Express shared a statement from Aleksandra Skrzyniarz, a spokeswoman for the district prosecutor’s office in Warsaw [translated by The PRP]:

“Adam D. is accused of having on September 25, 2019, acting via the Internet, publicly insulted the object of Christian religious worship in the form of the person of the Mother of God, by placing a photo on the Facebook social network, on its official profile. presenting a damaged picture showing the image of the Mother of God with a shoe-legged figure placed in the place of the indicated figure, which was described by + on the set +, which translated means + on the set +, thus offending the religious feelings of four people. Representatives of Ordo Iuris and the Patriotic Society were informed about Nergal‘s misdemeanor. The Warsaw prosecutor added that during the investigation the victims were interrogated and an expert in the field of religious studies was appointed: -The opinion clearly concludes that treading with a shoe on the image of the Mother of God is an offense against religious feelings.”

If found guilty, Nergal can be fined and possibly hit with restricted freedoms for up to two years. He said the following:

“Another lawsuit in the process. Reason? In every case the same: offense of RELIGIOUS FEELINGS! Can u imagine this nonsense in XXl century? Poland is mentally soooo fuckin’ behind the civilized Europe that we r literally THE last bastion of so called “blasphemy casus”. Even extremely Catholic Ireland removed this paragraph from constitution lately. It WILL happen in Poland at some point …. and yea, I’m willing to be that stepping stone. FUCK religious fundamentalism in every fuckin hole. And frankly, I’m sure I will win this and EVERY other case. Just wait and see 😎 ***** ***”