Behemoth Premiere “Bartzabel” Live Video

Behemoth have premiered a new live video for their song “Bartzabel.” The footage is taken from the band’s September 5, 2020 livestream show. That set will be released as a live album, titled “In Absentia Dei,“ on December 17. Frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski commented:

“‘In Absentia Dei‘ was a massive challenge and a huge risk, but it was a great artistic and commercial success. The response was absolutely brilliant — we made a statement with this performance and set the bar high. I hope that we can continue to raise the bar with the projects to come!”

Behemoth Announce 30th Anniversary Livestream Concert

Behemoth have announced a 30th anniversary livestream concert, which they are calling “XXX Years Ov Blasphemy.” The virtual event will take place on Halloween (October 31) and it will feature three different performances recorded in three different locations. Each set will focus on a different decade of the band. Tickets can be found HERE. Frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski commented:

“30 years of blasphemy and bring on 30 more! What better night than All Saint’s Eve to celebrate this most unholy Anniversary than with us, as we present the most ambitious project of our career to date, ‘XXX Years Ov Blasphemy‘. Legions, when I say this is the ultimate cinematic Behemoth experience, I cannot express how much I mean that. Another huge risk for us, but as always, we go feet first and push our limits. The result will be a sight to behold. We’ll see you in The Forest…and more!”

Behemoth To Release “In Absentia Dei” In December

Behemoth will be releasing a new live album titled “In Absentia Dei” on December 17. The effort was recorded during the band’s September 5, 2020 livestream concert in which they performed at an abandoned church in Pisarzowice, Poland. A live video for “Evoe” from that set can be found below. Adam “Nergal” Darski commented:

“‘In Absentia Dei‘ was a massive challenge and a huge risk, but it was a great artistic and commercial success. The response was absolutely brilliant – we made a statement with this performance and set the bar high. I hope that we can continue to raise the bar with the projects to come!”

“In Absentia Dei” Track Listing:

01. “Evoe”
02. “Wolves Ov Siberia”
03. “Prometherion”
04. “From The Pagan Vastlands”
05. “Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel”
06. “Antichristian Phenomenon”
07. “Conquer All”
08. “Lucifer”
09. “Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer”
10. “Satan’s Sword (I Have Become)”
11. “Ov Fire And The Void”
12. “Chwala Mordercom Wojciecha”
13. “As Above So Below”
14. “Slaves Shall Serve”
15. “Chant For Ezkaton 2000 ev”
16. “Sculpting The Throne Ov Seth”
17. “Bartzabel”
18. “Decade Ov Therion”
19. “Father O Satan O Sun!”

Recent Anti-Blasphemy Case Against Behemoth’s Nergal Has Been Dismissed

Earlier this year, Behemoth’s Adam “Nergal” Darski was convicted of “offending religious feelings” in Poland after allegedly violating anti-blasphemy laws by stepping on a picture of the Virgin Mary in 2019. The frontman previously pleaded not guilty and has since been acquitted.

Nergal commented:

“Case DISMISSED. There’s NOTHING controversial about the jury’s verdict so fuckin’ DEAL with it. AFTER ALL we live in civilized and democratic country… still. Common sense beats the shit out of fundamentalist agenda which means on more step towards Poland remaining a secular state!

Moreover, I know it’s like talking to the wall but to all my adversaries: dont’t give me that “do the same with Koran” bullshit coz it’s old and irrelevant. I keep on spamming here coz I simply LOVE polarization between half of u dear followers congratulating me for the battle won and the other half… that would love see me crucifucked 😂🤓😎”

This news comes after Nergal previously launched an “Ordo Blasfemia” crowdfunding campaign to help “fund a sustainable legal challenge to squash the existing and incoming bogus prosecutions.”

Behemoth Members Launch New Sub-Label Artefacts, Release New Pressing Of Ulver’s “Vargnatt”

Behemoth’s Adam “Nergal” Darski and Tomasz “Orion” Wróblewski have launched a new sub-label, which they are calling Artefacts. The first release from that venture will be new vinyl pressings of Ulver‘s “Vargnatt.“

The following was said about the label in a press release:

“Having some experience in releasing limited edition Behemoth records for our Webstore, we decided to try something even more sophisticated in form. From an idea to reality, it took us some time to kick off, but here we are. ARTEFACTS is a sub label of New Aeon Musick. It’s all about how we believe black metal history deserves to be presented. We search for the jewels, and grant them a new, unprecedented form. Royal analogue, enriched with a unique connection of vintage print and paper making methods invented in the XVth century. Yet with a modern touch. The ultimate editions.”

Nergal added:

“I’m officially bursting with pride! Not just another re-release but a stunning state of the ART collector item is what we are presenting here: Ulver, one of the pioneers of the second wave of Norwegian Black Metal and my personal favorites is THE first of many releases to be released under the banner of ARTEFACTS! Strictly limited to 500, these are all signed by Garm himself! Enjoy!”

Trivium’s Matt Heafy And Emperor’s Ihsahn Have Finished The Debut Album From Their Ibaraki Project

During an appearance on Hatebreed vocalist Jamey Jasta‘s “The Jasta Show,” Trivium’s Matt Heafy confirmed that he has finished recording the debut album from his Ibaraki project with Emperor’s Ihsahn. Notably, he also revealed that Behemoth’s Nergal will be guesting on the effort.

Heafy said the following:

“During this (lockdown) I was able to finally finish my black metal record with Ihsahn from Emperor. He’s been producing and co-writing that with me for about 11 years, and it finally comes out in the middle of next year, which should be fun.

It used to be called Mrityu, which I got from Ashtanga yoga, it means the concept of life and death, same thing as the ouroboros, same thing as the Japanese Enso, the idea that life and death are always symbiotic with each other. I didn’t really know what to write about lyrically, and I was talking to Ihsahn because I’ve always loved Scandinavian mythology, Norse mythology, and Swedish mythology, I wish I could write about Thor and Jörmungandr, I love these stories.

He’s like, ‘Yeah, but Matt, those have been done a lot, and you have your own rich history to tap into with your Japanese side…’ And then a lightbulb went off, I was like. ‘I need to just write about that.’ I started writing all the lyrics about Japanese stories because that’s something that hasn’t really happened.

There isn’t really a band that writes about Japanese folklore or the Shinto gods and goddesses and fictitious stories of Japanese history. So I changed the band name to Ibaraki, which is actually Trivium‘s mascot – an easter egg in there – and the entire project is Japanese-themed. The art, the lyrics, I’m actually singing in Japanese, Ishahn‘s on the record, Nergal‘s on the record.”

[via Bravewords.com]

Arch Enemy, Behemoth, Carcass, And Unto Others Postpone European/UK Tour To 2022

Arch Enemy, Behemoth, Carcass, and Unto Others have postponed their European/UK tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek is now scheduled for 2022. Arch Enemy guitarist Michael Amott commented:

“Nobody’s more disappointed than us about this, that’s for damn sure. But it is what it is, and we’re already looking forward to getting back to it in 2022! Stay healthy, stay Metal!”

2022 Tour Dates:

09/27 Dublin, IRE – Olympia Theatre
09/29 Glasgow, UK – O2 Academy
09/30 Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo
10/01 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy Birmingham
10/02 London, UK – O2 Academy Brixton
10/04 Paris, FRA – Le Zenith
10/05 Toulouse, FRA – Le Bikini
10/07 Lisbon, POR – Coliseu de Lisboa
10/08 Madrid, SPA – Palacio Vistalegre
10/09 Barcelona, SPA – Palau Sant Jordi
10/11 Lyon, FRA – Le Radiant
10/12 Milano, ITA – Alcatraz
10/14 Berlin, GER – Columbiahalle
10/15 Prague, CZE – Tipsport Arena
10/16 Budapest, HUN – Barba Negra
10/18 Vienna, AUT – Gasometer
10/19 Katowice, POL – Spodek
10/21 Ludwigsburg, GER – MHP Arena
10/22 Den Bosch, NET – Mainstage Brabanthallen
10/23 Brussels, BEL – Forest National
10/25 Zurich, SWI – Samsung Hall
10/26 Frankfurt, GER – Jahrhunderthalle
10/28 Munich, GER – Zenith
10/29 Dusseldorf, GER – Mitsubishi Electric Halle
10/30 Hamburg, GER – edel-optics.de Arena
10/31 Gothenburg, SWE – Partille Arena
11/02 Helsinki, FIN – Ice Hall
11/04 Stockholm, SWE – Annexet
11/05 Copenhagen, DEN – Forum
11/06 Oslo, NOR – Sentrum Scene

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”