BEHEMOTH, the high priests of extreme metal, have announced their 12th studio album, Opvs Contra Natvram, their most thought-provoking and arresting collection to date. The album is set for release on September 16 via Nuclear Blast. Pre-order or pre-save the album here: https://behemoth.bfan.link/opvs-contra-natvram

The video for Ov My Herculean Exile has been directed by Zuzanna Plisz. You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/092uOnSTnyI

The ten chapters of fury that make up Opvs Contra Natvram were written and recorded over the course of a very strange year for the globe — 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 BEHEMOTH, with mixing handled by acclaimed studio legend Joe Barresi (Nine Inch Nails, Tool, QOTSA, Alice in Chains).

Renowned for his meticulous attention to detail and absolute creative control of BEHEMOTH's world, frontman and band visionary, Adam "Nergal" Darski reveled in the depressurized 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.

"The album title means going against the current," Nergal states. "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!"

The tracklist reads as follows:
Post-God Nirvana
Malaria Vvlgata
The Deathless Sun
Ov My Herculean Exile
Neo-Spartacvs
Disinheritance
Off To War!
Once Upon A Pale Horse
Thy Becoming Eternal
Versvs Christvs
 
BEHEMOTH EU Summer Festivals
24.06. DE Hockenheim – Hockenheimring - Download Germany
22.07. BU Plovdiv - Hills Of Rock
07.08. RO Rasnov - Rockstadt Extreme Fest
12.08. UK Walton on Trent – Bloodstock Open Air
13.08. BE Kortrijk - Alcatraz 
21.08. FR Saint Nolff - Motorcultor
 
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The European Siege Tour
27.09. UK Dublin – 3Olympia Theatre 
29.09. UK Glasgow – O2 Academy 
30.09. UK Manchester – O2 Apollo  
01.10. UK Birmingham – O2 Academy 
02.10. UK London – O2 Academy Brixton 
04.10. FR Paris – Zenith 
05.10. FR Ramonville-st-agne, Le Bikini 
07.10. PT Lisboa – Coliseu dos Recreios 
08.10. ES Madrid – Palacio Vistalegre 
09.10. ES Barcelona – Palau Sant Jordi 
11.10. FR Caluire-et-cuire – Radiant-Bellevue 
12.10. IT Milan – Alcatraz 
14.10. DE Berlin – Columbiahalle 
15.10 CZ Pardubice – Tipsport Arena 
16.10. HU Budapest – Barba Negra 
18.10. AT Wien – Gasometer 
19.10. PL Katowice - Spodek 
21.10. D Ludwigsburg – MHP Arena 
22.10. NL ‘s-herogemnosch – Mainstage Brabanthallen 
23.10. BE Brussels – Forest National 
25.10. CH Zürich – Samsung Hall 
26.10. DE Frankfurt am Main – Jahrhunderthalle 
28.10. DE Munich – Zenith 
29.10. DE Düsseldorf – Mitsubishi Electric Halle 
30.10. DE Hamburg – edel-optics.de Arena 
31.10. SE Partille – Partille Arena 
02.11. FI Helsinki – Helsinki Ice Hall 
04.11. SE Stockholm – Annexet 
05.11. DK Frederiksberg – Forum Black Box 
06.11. NO Oslo – Spetrum Scene