In a recent interview with Sweden's RockSverige.se, BEHEMOTH frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski was asked if there is any truth to the rumors that the band is working on music for a theater play. He responded: "I really don't wanna talk that much about it until we have some truths. There's some stuff happening, but I can't go into any details. It's something that's gonna be pretty big. It's a big deal with some big names and there's a pretty dark story behind it, which is worldwide known, because it's a classic. We've been asked to make some music for it and we're trying. We have even recorded something, but it's too early to officially give any details to the public."
Nergal was also asked if he is already making plans for the next BEHEMOTH album. He said: "Not really, but I can say that when we were in the studio fucking around with ideas for this theater project, it kind of triggered my creativity and I think I'll be getting into writing mode earlier than I expected that I would. It's still too early, but I think I wanna start doing some work in 2016 and I think it would be really smart and good to have a new album out in 2017. But I know how it is — you say something in an interview, and then [people] say, 'You promised there was gonna be a record in 2017.'"
He continued: "It's been two years since the release of 'The Satanist' and it couldn't have been done better. I love the record and that's why we're playing it and it's the best-selling one and we've gotten the best reviews for it.
"I read an interview with Blackie Lawless [W.A.S.P.] where he said that as soon as the latest record was done and he left the studio, he was already thinking about the next one. I used to be like that, and it's great to wanna outdo yourself and constantly progress, but by doing that, you sometimes forget to live in the present moment. Art is no different, so what I've realized to be aware of is the present moment.
"Today, I'm the happiest artist alive, because I have the strongest fucking album in my hands and I'm super proud and fucking bursting with pride. I don't really wanna pollute my mind with future projects yet, because I wanna fully explore and enjoy the trip while it's happening."
Nergal added: "Everybody's asking and pushing for the next record, but my question is: 'Do you really wanna have a record that is not going to be one hundred percent honest and driven by whatever economic reasons or contracts? Do you really want that?'
"I would hate to see BEHEMOTH always have a new record out every two years. I'm taking my time and I'm telling people to be patient. Let me live my life. I need to learn and I have to write and fall and I have to rise again and collect all the experiences in order to make something that's gonna last longer than one or two seasons. It's like me ripping out my liver and putting it in front of you and go, 'This is it. This is my life.' That's the only art I'm interested in performing."
As previously reported, BEHEMOTH will perform its critically acclaimed current album, "The Satanist", in its entirety on the band's upcoming European run in early 2016. They also plan to bring a brand new exhibition concept, "The Congregation", on tour. The exhibition will be dubbed "A Symbiosis Of Behemoth And Toxic Vision" and will showcase collaborative work between BEHEMOTH and Toxic Vision, the artist that BEHEMOTH has been working closely with over the past few years in terms of stage outfits, music videos, stage/photo props and such. The exhibition is planned to be held in tent, a capsule created to capture an experience on its own and built a solely for this purpose, and was first shown by Toxic Vision (in a similar way) at this year's installment of renowned Inferno festival.