Nergal: New Behemoth Album Will Be “Different”
Back in February Behemoth released a couple of video clips of Nergal recording a guitar solo and laying down vocals for the band’s upcoming, as-of-yet untitled new album, so it’s a safe bet that the record is finished by now. As for what it sounds like? That’s anyone’s guess, although we do have the very Behemoth-y sounding “Wolves ov Siberia,” which the band has been performing live recently, to inform us.
In a recent interview with Full Metal Jackie (embedded below), Nergal shared a bit of information on the direction of the new album and how it compares to the band’s past works, although he’s still being coy on specifics:
“Again, to capture the true spirit and nature of the band. And as much as we were happy with The Satanist, because we are still super happy with that album… But, then again, obviously, we are the last band on earth to repeat ourselves. This is the first place. If you put any record next to each other, every one is different; there’s a lot of diversity. And, obviously, The Satanist was recorded four years ago. We’ve been living our lives; we’ve been going through different periods; and we have changed again. So it’s different music; it’s a different endeavor. But what we captured this time is maybe an even more organic sound yet still very striking and very aggressive.”
“Yeah, it’s gonna be a different record, a different approach. I don’t wanna talk much about it, because we’ve gotta stay kind of confident about it and just keep it to ourselves. But the whole structure of the album, the way it’s built, it’s one of a kind and it’s something that we’ve never done before. So it’s new grounds and it starts with the album title and everything behind it. You will be, like, ‘Okay, what the fuck is going on here?’ So it still does surprise me; it still feels very refreshing and very new — yeah, very refreshing. Yeah, I’m very excited. And I wish I could tell more about the new record, but the moment will come that we’ll open Pandora’s Box and then the world will see.”
Could he be hinting at a concept album? Possibly, although we’ve really know way of knowing just yet. Either way, I’m always excited when a band teases a new record as “different;” repeating slightly varied versions of the same thing over and over gives some immediate satisfaction for the fanboys and fangirls within us all but is ultimately booooooring in the long term (hello Slayer and Killswitch Engage). Presumably we’ll have something concrete from Behemoth on which to base our opinions very, very soon.