BEHEMOTH today announce news of their 12th studio album, Opvs Contra Natvram, their most thought-provoking and arresting collection to date, set for release on September 16, via Nuclear Blast. The album’s first single, ‘Ov My Herculean Exile’ arrives today, alongside a cinematic official video, directed by Zuzanna Plisz, which we bring you below.
The 10 chapters of fury that make up Opvs Contra Natvram were written and recorded over the course of a very strange year – a situation which only heightened the level of craft seen in these 43 minutes and 15 seconds of searing wrath. As with previous studio outings, Opvs… was produced by the band, with mixing by studio legend Joe Barresi (Nine Inch Nails, Tool, QOTSA, Alice in Chains).
Behemoth’s driving force, Adam ‘Nergal’ Darski revelled in the depressurised environment afforded by the pandemic. It meant that for nearly the first time since the band’s inception over 30 years ago, there was no deadline to observe, allowing for a nearly unprecedented level of attention to the process of writing and recording.
Beyond any confines of genre, Behemoth have grown to become nothing less than the personification of rebellion, individuality and unflinching self-expression informed by a literate worldview and worldliness that’s resulted in a locking of horns with everything from the mainstream press to the Polish Catholic church – most notably manifesting in Nergal’s trial for blasphemy in 2010 that only served to expose the deep-seated hypocrisies that his music seeks to challenge.
Nergal states: “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 head off on tour with Arch Enemy and Carcasslater in the year. Check out this tour video with dates…
Thanks for dropping in!
If you’re here maybe you should think of adding Zero Tolerance Magazine to your arsenal of regular reading? We offer a 3-issue trial subscription to whet your appetite. http://store.ztmag.com