Mastermind Nergal comments:
“‘Bartzabel‘ is a song that came in the midst of a BEHEMOTH rehearsal… We had no structure, no vision – but piece by piece, it came to be, and we were extremely excited by the result. To us, it’s the eye of the ‘ILYAYD‘ storm: sonically calmer and slower than anything else on the record, but definitely one of the darkest!
Lyrically, we (myself and Krzysztof Azarewicz) were inspired by Aleister Crowley’s conjuration of the Spirit of Mars – which the video, by our trusted friends in Grupa 13, depicts beautifully…I may even go as far to say that it’s my favourite BEHEMOTH video of all time! I hope you all enjoy it, and we look forward to ‘ILYAYD”s launch this Friday!”
Produced by the band themselves, with drum co-production by Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, IN FLAMES), mixing by Matt Hyde (SLAYER, CHILDREN OF BODOM) mastering by Tom Baker (NINE INCH NAILS, MARILYN MANSON), and a 17-piece Polish orchestra arranged by Jan Stoklosa, ‘I Loved You At Your Darkest‘ can be pre-ordered digitally now at: http://behemoth.lnk.to/ILYAYD – where the uncensored version of the video for ‘Bartzabel’ (directed by Grupa 13) can be viewed.
To pre-order the album in various physical formats (see below) – and to order the now available exclusive ‘God = Dog’ 7″ picture disc – please visit: http://nblast.de/BehemothILYAYD
‘I Loved You at Your Darkest’ tracklisting
02. Wolves ov Siberia
03. God = Dog
04. Ecclesia Diabolica Catholica
06. If Crucifixion Was Not Enough…
07. Angelvs XIII
08. Sabbath Mater
09. Havohej Pantocrator
10. Rom 5:8
11. We Are the Next 1000 Years
“It doesn’t get more blasphemous than this,” declares BEHEMOTH mastermind Nergal, about the band’s upcoming album, ‘I Loved You At Your Darkest’ – due out October 5th via Nuclear Blast (Europe) / Metal Blade Records (North America). While it certainly seems an unlikely title for a black metal band, its origin might surprise fans even more than the words themselves. “It’s a verse from the Bible,” Nergal reveals. “It’s actually a quote from Jesus Christ himself. For BEHEMOTH to use it as the basis of our record, it’s sacrilege to the extreme.”
A crushing salvo of black metal majesty replete with hellish riffs, thundering drum cannonades and soaring liturgical choirs reminiscent of classic horror cinema, ‘I Loved You At Your Darkest’ is the group’s most dynamic record yet: extreme and radical on one hand, but also more rock-oriented than any other BEHEMOTH release.
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