Ever the creative innovators, Poland’s extreme metal overlords BEHEMOTH have revealed their latest visual feast, Opvs Contra Cvltvram, a streaming event shot on the roof of Warsaw’s renowned Palace of Culture & Science and premiering at 12pm ET on Thursday, September 15 on the band’s YouTube channel and here.
This landmark event heralds the arrival of the band’s epic twelfth studio album Opvs Contra Natvram,outSeptember 16 via Nuclear Blast.
BEHEMOTH’s leader and artistic alchemist, Adam “Nergal” Darski, informs, “Legions! We have gathered atop Poland’s infamous Palace of Culture to perform four brand new tracks from our record Opvs Contra Natvram, released this Friday! For a long time, BEHEMOTH have been censored and pursued by the Catholic Church at the behest of our fascist government. This performance, with the backdrop of this building, represents a monumentous middle finger to those pigs and another for Joseph Stalin and his Soviet circle-jerk. Viva Freedom!”
The band’s upcoming studio album is a stark reminder of the rebellion, individuality and unflinching self-expression that BEHEMOTH’s phenomenal work inbues, shaped by a literary worldview. It also reflects a musical evolution, as there’s little doubt that Opvs Contra Natvram is BEHEMOTH’s strongest and most sophisticated musical collection to date.
Pre-order or pre-save the album here, and set your reminder for the groundbreaking livestream Opvs Contra Cvltvram here.Behemoth are not only the creators of Poland’s extreme metal scene, but they are masters of their vision and showcasing what a band can achieve when hard work is put in. With Opvs Contra Natvram they have created 10 fresh chapters, created at a very strange time for the world. Their goal to create something new, something that doesn’t sound like anything that has gone before, is an ambitious one.
As with previous studio outings, Opvs… was produced by BEHEMOTH, with mixing by studio legend Joe Barresi (Nine Inch Nails, Tool, QOTSA, Alice in Chains).OPVS CONTRA NATVRAM TRACK LISTING:
“The Deathless Sun”
“Ov My Herculean Exile“
“Off To War!“
“Once Upon a Pale Horse”
“Thy Becoming Eternal“
Opvs Contra Natvram features twin cover art available in both black and white and will be released in the following array of physical formats designed by Bartek Rogalewicz (Lodge.Black), certain to thrill collectors of limited editions:
Jewelcase CD (Black Cover)
Digibook (Black Cover) [limited to 8500 pieces]
Digibook (White Cover) [limited to 8500 pieces]
Earbook Black/Gold Inkspot Vinyl (White Cover) [limited to 500 pieces]
Earbook Gold/Black Corona Vinyl (White Cover) [limited to 500 pieces]
Black Vinyl (Black Cover)
Picture Vinyl (Black Cover) [limited to 3500 pieces]
White/Gold Split Vinyl (White Cover) [limited to 650 pieces]
Vinylbox Mailorder Edition (White Cover) [limited to 1000 pieces] — LAST FEW
Earbook (Black Cover) [band exclusive, limited to 1167 pieces] — SOLD OUT
Gold Vinyl (Black Cover) [US Indie exclusive, limited to 350 pieces]
Crystal Clear/Silver/Gold Inkspot Vinyl (White Cover) [band exclusive, limited to 666 pieces] — SOLD OUT
White/Black/Gold Splatter Vinyl (White Cover) [band exclusive, limited to 1167 pieces] — SOLD OUT
Transparent Red Vinyl (Black Cover) [EMP exclusive, limited to 300 pieces]
White Vinyl (White Cover) [Nordics exclusive, limited to 300 pieces]
Clear/Black Splatter Vinyl (Black Cover) [Kings Road Management exclusive, limited to 500 pieces]
White/Gold Marbled Vinyl (White Cover) [UK Recordstore exclusive, limited to 300 pieces]
Clear/Black Marbled Vinyl (Black Cover) [HMV Indie exclusive, limited to 450 exclusive]
In the annals of metal, there is no band more synonymous with an unswerving commitment to the single-minded defiance of expectation than BEHEMOTH. Over the course of their remarkable 31-year career, these Polish hellraisers — spearheaded by Adam Darski, aka Nergal — are more than just the architects of their country’s legendary extreme metal scene. Over the course of three decades and previous eleven albums, Nergal’s singular vision has forged BEHEMOTH into something far more than a mere blackened death metal band. Beyond any confines of genre, they have grown to become no 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. It also highlighted the distinct lack of fucks that he has to give. Now world-renowned and yet exuberantly underground in their convictions, BEHEMOTH are perhaps the unlikeliest of success stories, but if their stratospheric ascent and hard-won commercial achievement can be attributed to anything, it’s a cast iron unwillingness to compromise.