With three weeks to go before the release of Behemoth’s 12th studio album, “Opvs Contra Natvram,” out Sept. 16, 2022, and available for pre-order here, the Polish black metal band has unleashed one of its most menacing singles yet. “Thy Becoming Eternal” tells a story of finding strength in times of misfortune and is encapsulated in an animated video, produced by animator Ruben Fro.
Frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski, said: “Legions! Our new offering from ‘Opvs Contra Natvram’—’Thy Becoming Eternal.’ As always, we’re trying to keep things fresh! The video was produced by talented Japanese animator, Ruben Fro, who created this epic, aeonic CG landscape for our stoic warrior to journey through. The song itself is a fast and furious beast with a bombastic ending, definitely one of the most intense songs in Behemoth’s catalog. Let us know if you agree!”
The 10 chapters of fury that make up “Opvs Contra Natvram” were written and recorded over the course of a strange year for the globe. As with previous studio outings, the album was produced by Behemoth, with mixing handled by Joe Barresi (Nine Inch Nails, Tool, Queens of the Stone Age, Alice in Chains).
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.
Behemoth has 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,” Darski said. “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!”
“Opvs Contra Natvram” track listing:
“The Deathless Sun”
“Ov My Herculean Exile”
“Off to War!”
“Once Upon a Pale Horse”
“Thy Becoming Eternal”
“Opvs Contra Natvram” features twin cover art available in both black and white, and will be released in the following array of physical formats designed by Bartek Rogalewicz (Lodge.Black).
- Jewelcase CD (Black Cover)
- Digibook (Black Cover) [limited to 8500 pieces]
- Digibook (White Cover) [limited to 8500 pieces]
- Earbook Black/Gold Inkspot Vinyl (White Cover) [limited to 500 pieces]
- Earbook Gold/Black Corona Vinyl (White Cover) [limited to 500 pieces]
- Black Vinyl (Black Cover)
- Picture Vinyl (Black Cover) [limited to 3500 pieces]
- White/Gold Split Vinyl (White Cover) [limited to 650 pieces]
- Vinylbox Mailorder Edition (White Cover) [limited to 1000 pieces]
- Earbook (Black Cover) [band exclusive, limited to 1167 pieces] – SOLD OUT
- Gold Vinyl (Black Cover) [US Indie exclusive, limited to 350 pieces]
- Crystal Clear/Silver/Gold Inkspot Vinyl (White Cover) [band exclusive, limited to 666 pieces] – SOLD OUT
- White/Black/Gold Splatter Vinyl (White Cover) [band exclusive, limited to 1167 pieces] – SOLD OUT
- Transparent Red Vinyl (Black Cover) [EMP exclusive, limited to 300 pieces]
- White Vinyl (White Cover) [Nordics exclusive, limited to 300 pieces]
- Clear/Black Splatter Vinyl (Black Cover) [Kings Road Management exclusive, limited to 500 pieces]
- Gold/Black Marbled Vinyl (Black Cover) [UK Eyesore exclusive, limited to 300 pieces]
- White/Gold Marbled Vinyl (White Cover) [UK Recordstore exclusive, limited to 300 pieces]
- Clear/Black Marbled Vinyl (Black Cover) [HMV exclusive, limited to 450 exclusive]