Polish extreme metal titans BEHEMOTH entered the studio this week (December 11) to begin tracking their much-anticipated new album, "The Apostasy" (thesaurus definition of the word: the state of having rejected your religious beliefs or your political party or a cause [often in favor of opposing beliefs or causes]) which is currently set for a summer release. The new effort will be recorded in the band's hometown with mainman Nergal and longtime sound engineer Malta in the producer's chair.
Nergal (vocals, guitars) checks in with the following report: "We just demoed the whole new album and have 11 songs plus intro ready to go. It all sounds huge and our sound has never been this intense, while being very epic and catchy at the same time. It has all the BEHEMOTH trademarks enriched with some fresh ideas. I guarantee some people are going to be surprised! Some songtitles include: 'Prometherion', 'Pazuzu (The Desert Storms Bringing)', 'Slaying The Prophets Ov Isa', 'Rome 64 E.V.', 'Arcana Hereticae', 'At The Left Hand Ov God', with more to follow. The recording sessions for 'The Apostasy' will take place in our hometown, Gdansk, in one of the best-equipped studios in Poland, Radio Gdansk. It has an old-school analogue Studer 24-track machine, which gives super unique tone to drum sound. I simply love it. It has the best mixing console, pre-amps and other shit available nowadays.
"It's no secret that BEHEMOTH have been one of the busiest bands in the scene for last two years. We completed over 300 shows in support to our last record, 'Demigod', and have been in front of people's faces for a long time, so I felt that it was necessary to take a break. I thought that all of this activity might be too much, even for die-hard fans. I decided to focus on song writing and nothing else. I pretty much isolated myself from the whole scene for a few months and ultimately created a new record that is destined to become the definitive BEHEMOTH release.
"Be sure to visit our website and MySpace page to check out brand new pics from our lair in addition to a short video report from the pre-production rehearsals. There's also a demo version of one of the newest tracks 'Prometherion', so don’t miss out. I want everyone to have an insight into the recording/production process for 'The Apostasy', so from now on, I'll be posting video reports from the studio every few weeks. For now, enjoy new video report and pics, and I'll be back soon with more info. Stay tuned and horns up!"
BEHEMOTH quickly became the most talked about act on this year's Sounds of The Underground due to their vicious and unrelenting live show, which immediately garnered them a whole new legion of devoted fans. After a slew of major U.S. tours with the likes of such acts as DANZIG, MORBID ANGEL, CHIMAIRA and THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, the group more than solidified themselves as one of the genre's most exciting new artists. "The Apostasy" is destined to continue the legacy.
Check the new video report and pictures from "The Apostasy" pre-production rehearsals at YouTube.com.