On October 22, AndrewHaug.com, Australia's first-ever dedicated 24/7 rock and metal online radio station launched by Andrew Haug, the former host of Triple J Australia's "The Racket" radio show (originally "Full Metal Racket"; 2001-2011), conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Adam "Nergal" Darski of Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.
Speaking about MORBID ANGEL's controversial "Illud Divinum Insanus" album and whether fans can expect BEHEMOTH to take musical chances on their forthcoming tenth full-length CD, "The Satanist", Darski said: "Well, if you're asking my opinion, I can tell you that I have all my respect for MORBID ANGEL and David [Vincent, MORBID ANGEL frontman] is one of the smartest dudes and most intelligent dudes in the genre, that's for sure. And I really respect them for having the balls to explore territories that no other band would really do… But if you ask…
"Well, whatever you do, please do it with a good style and with a good taste. So I think that some of the stuff that they did wasn't really good taste, at least in my opinion. I mean, some of the stuff just sounded like a MINISTRY wannabe, but the samples, they sounded like some demo from a garage industrial band. It was lacking quality, in my opinion. The death metal songs were OK, and the industrial/techno stuff, it was very average. It was special for MORBID ANGEL to use it, that feel, but there was no quality there. I mean, not so much.
"So if there are people that are concerned about BEHEMOTH being adventurous, please try to be patient. We're not doing anything like that. It's all metal, what we do. We're probably creating more with [influences from] some blues and some hard rock classics on this new record, but in a very sinister way, so to say. I mean, BEHEMOTH, we're more organic and more human, I would say. The album is less processed.
"I played this record ['The Satanist'] to some people, some friends of mine, and they told me it sounds like the band would be in the same room performing for them, which is one of the biggest compliments I can think of."
BEHEMOTH's new song, "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel", will be released as a digital single and limited-edition 12-inch EP on December 4 via Behemoth/New Aeon Musick in Europe. The gatefold EP will be limited to 2,000 copies (1,000 on white and 1,000 on black 180-gram vinyl), all of which will be hand numbered and signed by the BEHEMOTH bandmembers. In addition to the title track, the single will include two more compositions that will not appear on BEHEMOTH's tenth full-length album, "The Satanist": "If I Were Cain" and a cover of "Ludzie Wschodu" from the influential 1980s Polish punk rock band SIEKIERA.
The music video for "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel", which was described by BEHEMOTH frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski as "killer" and "a monster," was directed by Polish producers Grupa 13, with whom BEHEMOTH previously collaborated on the clips for "At The Left Hand Ov God" and "Ov Fire And The Void".
"Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" single release dates:
Dec. 4: U.S.
Dec. 8: U.K.
Dec. 6: Rest Of Europe
"The Satanist" is due on February 7 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy; February 3 in the rest of Europe; and February 4 in North America via Nuclear Blast (Europe) and Metal Blade (North America). The CD was recorded at Hertz studio in Bialystok, Poland with the help of the Wieslawscy brothers (Wojtek and Slawek) and Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, IN FLAMES, SOILWORK, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD). Other songtitles set to appear on the effort include "Messe Noir" (French for "The Black Mass") and "Ora Pro Nobis, Lucifer" (Latin for "Pray For Us, Lucifer"). The effort was mixed by Matt Hyde (SLAYER, HATEBREED, CHILDREN OF BODOM) and was mastered by Ted Jensen (METALLICA, AC/DC) at Sterling Sound in New York City.