Behemoth Auctioning Off “Ov My Herculean Exile” Painting To Benefit Ukraine

Behemoth are auctioning off the painting from their “Ov My Herculean Exile” music video and signed copies of their new album “Opvs Contra Natvram” (out September 16) in an effort to raise money for Ukraine amid the ongoing Russian invasion. You can place your bids HERE. Proceeds will go towards Polish Humanitarian Action.

Behemoth To Release New Album “Opvs Contra Natvram” In September, Premiere “Ov My Herculean Exile” Music Video

Behemoth will be releasing a new album, titled “Opvs Contra Natvram,” on September 16. You can find a video for the effort’s first single, “Ov My Herculean Exile,” below:

“Opvs Contra Natvram” Track Listing:

01. “Post-God Nirvana”
02. “Malaria Vvlgata”
03. “The Deathless Sun”
04. “Ov My Herculean Exile”
05. “Neo-Spartacvs”
06. “Disinheritance”
07. “Off To War!”
08. “Once Upon A Pale Horse”
09. “Thy Becoming Eternal”
10. “Versvs Christvs”

Frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski commented:

“The album title means going against the current. It’s the negative of the values and morals and ethics that I stand against. I’ve seriously been wrestling with destructive tendencies in pop culture — cancel culture, social media, and tools which I feel are very dangerous weapons in the hands of people who are not competent to judge others. That’s something which I find very destructive and disturbing — and extremely limiting coming from an artists’ perspective. This is my middle finger to that.

There’s a song on the record called ‘Neo-Spartacvs.’ Spartacus was one of the most iconic rebels in history who went against the most powerful empire of all time. In the end, it’s me screaming, ‘I Am Spartacus, and so are you!’ I want to spark that flame of rebellion. If something seems wrong then stand up to it!”

Behemoth’s Nergal Acquitted Once Again In Polish Coat Of Arms Case

Behemoth frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski has been acquitted once again after previously being charged with disrespecting Poland’s national coat of arms with a piece of merch. That case was dismissed in 2018, but was later reopened in 2020.

Nergal commented:

“Fuck yeah! Acquitted again !!

This has begun over 3 years ago, when one of the PIS politicians felt that Behemoth has offended Polish National Emblem with a design which was used to promote Polish leg of a Behemoth‘s tour.

Obviously, nothing of such was happening. And it’s been sooo clear for everyone except for the right wing politicians and their fans. Yet the the politicized prosecutor’s office launched an investigation and accused us of insulting the Polish emblem.

3 years ago the first court hearing was held. Eventually we won and were all acquitted. Then, the prosecutor appealed and the appellate court recalled the case to the 1st instance for reconsideration.

And now we have been acquitted again! But the story continues, have your fingers crossed. Still, it’s the second battle won in a row!

ANOTHER battle won! Thank you all who made that happen, thank the Judge for being fair, open minded and reasonable. And brave in such strange times…

ART & logic vs. religious fanatics 3 : 0

***** *** i KK”

Ibaraki (Trivium, Etc.) Premiere Music Video For “Akumu” Featuring Behemoth’s Nergal

Ibaraki, the black metal project featuring Trivium’s Matt Heafy, have premiered a new video for their new song “Akumu.” This track features Behemoth’s Adam “Nergal” Darski and it will appear on the band’s new album “Rashomon,” which is set to be released on May 6. Notably, Heafy worked on that effort with Emperor’s Ihsahn. His Trivium bandmates also contributed.

Heafy said the following about the new song:

“‘Akumu‘ translates to ‘nightmare’ — and with this piece, I encourage the listener to work to find their interpretations of what they feel from the lyrics, music, and the haunting visuals of the music video. I have always been fascinated by Sagazan’s ‘Transfiguration,’ and for years, I have wanted to pay homage to his works with a performance art piece; to finally be able to immerse myself in his style was an intense experience.

Having Nergal guest in this Ihsahn co-written piece allowed me to combine many of my long-time influences; and when I presented with Nergal of the challenge of translating my lyrics into Polish, it brought the song to another level.”

Ihsahn also commented on the project as a whole:

“It was very loose, We just had rough demos for a very long time because we’re arguably pretty busy people, but suddenly, everything was cancelled and we had time on our hands for the first time, so it was like, ‘OK, let’s do this.’ We never got to work in the same room; he’d track guitars and send them to me, I’d run them through my studio and send them back. It was a new way of working, but it was like he was there on the other side of the glass. Matt is a very, very positive energetic and passionate music fan — we have similar attitudes to music and open mindedness. We hit it off, and it’s been really rewarding to me.”

“Rashomon” Track Listing:

01. “Hakanaki Hitsuzen”
02. “Kagutsuchi”
03. “Ibaraki-Doji”
04. “Jigoku Dayu”
05. “Tamashii No Houkai”
06. “Akumu” (feat. Behemoth’s Nergal)
07. “Komorebi”
08. “Ronin” (feat. My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way)
09. “Susanoo No Mikoto” (feat. Emperor’s Ihsahn)
10. “Kaizoku”

Arch Enemy, Behemoth, Napalm Death, & Unto Others Announce North American Tour

Arch Enemy and Behemoth have announced a co-headlining North American tour. Napalm Death and Unto Others will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

04/16 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
04/18 San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre
04/19 Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
04/21 St Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
04/22 Atlanta, GA – The Eastern
04/23 Charlotte. NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
04/25 Toronto, ON – Rebel
04/26 Montreal, QC – Mtelus
04/28 New York, NY – Terminal 5
04/29 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia
04/30 Worcester, MA – Palladium
05/02 Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre
05/04 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
05/07 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
05/09 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
05/10 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
05/11 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
05/13 Berkeley, CA – The UC Theatre
05/15 Los Angeles, CA – The Hollywood Palladium

Arch Enemy guitarist Michael Amott commented:

“I honestly couldn’t be more excited about having Arch Enemy join forces with Behemoth, Napalm Death and Unto Others for a run of dates through North America in 2022! A killer package of quality mayhem right there – can’t fckn wait!”

Behemoth frontman Nergal added:

“To say that we are dying to return on the road would be an understatement! In fact we’ve never been more hungry to reunite with our legions… not only to bring young of the hottest EXTREME METAL touring line-ups in a long time but also to bring you NEW Behemoth’s music! Rejoice!!!”

Behemoth Premiere “Slaves Shall Serve” Live Video

Behemoth have premiered a new live video for their song “Slaves Shall Serve.” The footage is taken from the band’s September 5, 2020 livestream show. That set is also now available as a new live album titled “In Absentia Dei.“

Me And That Man (Behemoth) Reunite With John Porter For New Song “Fight!”

Me And That Man, the dark folk project featuring Behemoth’s Adam “Nergal” Darski, have reunited with John Porter for a new standalone single titled “Fight!.” You can check that out below. Nergal commented:

“‘Fight!” Is a last minute endeavour Me And That Man committed with John Porter. This spontaneous collaboration was a reaction to the great vibes that were shared during our recent tour in Poland. While the lyrics themselves may not be positive and vital it captures John‘s frustration towards all the bullshit we, the human race have been fed in the recent decade… It’s a straight up protest song! I love it!”

Behemoth Premiere “Prometherion” Live Video

Behemoth have premiered a new live video for their song “Prometherion.” 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. Nergal commented:

“Legions! For some of you, The Apostasy is the ultimate Behemoth experience. Here, we present to you a song from that record which we filmed during In Absentia Dei. Enjoy it!”

Watch Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Etc. Members Perform Jon Lord’s “Concerto For Group And Orchestra”

Singer Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), bassist Roger Glover (Deep Purple), guitarist Kaitner Z Doka (Jon Lord, Ian Paice, Don Airey), and drummer Bernhard Welz (Jon Lord, Don Airey) recently joined forces to perform Jon Lord’s “Concerto For Group And Orchestra” during a special show in Győr, Hungary. Fan-filmed footage from the event, which also featured the Győr Symphony Orchestra and conductor Paul Mann, can be seen below. Notably, Behemoth frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski was also in attendance and he shared some photos and footage as well.

[via Blabbermouth]