On Monday, February 16, Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH entered Radio Gdansk studio in Poland to begin work on the follow-up to their highly acclaimed 2007 album, “The Apostasy”. Daniel Bergstrand from Sweden’s Dugout Productions (MESHUGGAH, IN FLAMES, DARK FUNERAL) has joined the band in the studio to produce the drums on the record.
Commented Bergstrand: “The drums from beyond hell are miked up and ready to get whipped. I’m super happy with what we got so far…a lethal Polish bulldozer! I’m sure you guys will dig it! The drums are going to be tracked here in Radio Gdansk during next two weeks and after that I will start mixing them and get them ready for the final mix that will happen somewhere around May. We used 22 channels for the drums. It sounds very organic and natural and at the same time, VERY much in your face with a lot of attack. The room in this studio is amazing so the two ambience microphones that we’ve got are playing a big role in the over all sound. Prepared to get blown away by the final result!!!”
Check out photos from the studio below.
BEHEMOTH mainman Adam “Nergal” Darski previously stated about the new material, “I must confess that I’m way more excited about this record than I was for ‘The Apostasy’. It’s probably the whole label situation that we had to deal back then, Inferno’s injury that caused crazy deadlines that completely drained the energy out of my system… I even started treating that album as unwanted child. Weird, because from time perspective, it’s a great one. This time though everything was planned much in advanced. I found time to live my life, get some energy back, get inspired and so on… When we met in October it was obvious that all of us were really hungry for making new music. It’s definitely 100% BEHEMOTH. I would risk saying that we do have our own style but it’s still improving, evolving in different directions every time we approach new project. Most of the songs are the really fast, technical and intense, at the same time there’s a lot of diversity. There’s even a very slow, massive song that’s probably the most epic tracks in BEHEMOTH’s history. Everything sounds more serious and…dangerous (I love that word, ha ha). There’s probably more sinister vibe in our music this time too.”
BEHEMOTH will interrupt studio work to play one exclusive show in Belgium at Maximum HXC Metalfest on March 7.
“Ezkaton”, the latest EP from BEHEMOTH, sold around 1,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD debuted at No. 26 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
“Ezkaton” features seven tracks, one brand new song titled “Qadosh”, a live recording as well as a new studio version of “Chant For Ezkaton 2000 e.v.”. Also included are live versions of “From The Pagan Vastlands” and “Decade Ov Therion” plus covers of THE RAMONES’ “I’m Not Jesus” and the MASTERS HAMMER track “Jama Pekel”. The EP was made available as a limited-edition box set that includes four picture-disc seven inches, a BEHEMOTH pendant and the CD all packaged in a deluxe box.