The tracks taken from the band’s The Cure-inspired EP, ‘A Forest’
Words by Jenna DePasquale
Poland’s notorious extreme metal practitioners Behemoth have released a visual for “Shadows Ov Ea Cast Upon Golgotha” from their 2020 EP A Forest. Viewers are immersed in what feels like the darkest of fairy tales as the artwork from Behemoth’s acclaimed 2018 album I Loved You At Your Darkest is brought to life. The artwork is the brainchild of Polish creative Sylwia Makris.
“Once again, we collaborated with Grupa 13 and created a very cinematic script and vision,” says frontman Nergal of the video. “There are numerous references linking this new video and our previous videos for ‘God=Dog’ and other ‘ILYAYD’ videos. It’s all high-end, unseen footage and has a cool and intriguing story running through it.”
The Forest is a four-track EP that was inspired by The Cure song of the same name. A cover of the track is also a central part of the project, which features vocals from Niklas Kvaforth of the Swedish depressive suicidal black metal band Shining. Elaborating on the story of Behemoth, Nergal has stated that the EP is a continuation of I Loved You At Your Darkest. The critically acclaimed 2018 album is considered to be among one of their best works. This dedication to consistency while simultaneously challenging the scope of their sound has been the hallmark of Behemoth’s 30-year career.
Yet, Behemoth’s journey has not been without challenges. As recently as this year, Nergal was slapped with another round of blasphemy charges after offending the Catholic nation of Poland. The incident stemmed from a 2019 Facebook post in which he was seen stepping on depictions of the Virgin Mary. Nergal has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Thankfully, the frontman was able to beat similar charges in the past after he tore apart a bible on stage. Poland has historically caused trouble for extreme metal musicians, with Gorgoroth infamously having their live concert footage confiscated by police in 2004. Nevertheless, Behemoth shows no signs of changing their ethos to appease local law enforcement.
In addition to their newest visual release, Behemoth has announced an extensive European run this fall. The European Siege Tour will begin in Dubin, Ireland on September 28 and will conclude in Oslo, Norway on November 7. Support will be provided by the melodic death metal troop Arch Enemy and Britain’s death metal four-piece Carcass, as well as Unto Others from Portland, OR. Behemoth will also be making their way to Russia and Ukraine in March of 2022.
“We have a busy end to the year, and we hope to see many of you in the fall on The European Siege,” Nergal adds. “Prepare yourselves for some monumental announcements to come over the next 12 months!”
‘A Forest’ from Behemoth is currently available – HERE