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Behemoth Detail New Album 'Opvs Contra Natvram', Share First Single Ov My Herculean Exile

Wednesday, 11 May 2022 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Sylwia Makris and Christian Martin Weiss

Behemoth have introduced their 12th studio album.

The long-awaited follow-up to 2018's 'I Loved You At Your Darkest' is called 'Opvs Contra Natvram' and will arrive on September 16 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Written and recorded over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the LP's 10-song tracklist includes the newly shared first single, Ov My Herculean Exile, a monolithic slab of atmospheric blackened death metal. Head below to check out its unsettling cinematic video, directed by Zuzanna Plisz, along with the LP's cover art by Anton 'Strss893' Pavsyuk. Frontman Adam 'Nergal' Darski commented:

"The album title means going against the current. 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!"

The extreme metal titans are currently on tour in North America with Arch Enemy, Napalm Death and Unto Others, with UK and European dates beginning this summer with a headline slot at Bloodstock festival.

'Opvs Contra Natvram' tracklist:

1. Post-God Nirvana
2. Malaria Vvlgata
3. The Deathless Sun
4. Ov My Herculean Exile
5. Neo-Spartacvs
6. Disinheritance
7. Off to War!
8. Once Upon a Pale Horse
9. Thy Becoming Eternal 
10. Versvs Christvs

Behemoth Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Wed May 11 2022 - PORTLAND Oregon - Roseland Theater (USA)
Fri May 13 2022 - BERKELEY California - UC Theatre (USA)
Sun May 15 2022 - LOS ANGELES California - Hollywood Palladium (USA)

Thu August 11 2022 - DERBYSHIRE Catton Park
Tue September 27 2022 - DUBLIN 3Olympia Theatre
Thu September 29 2022 - GLASGOW O2 Academy Glasgow
Fri September 30 2022 - MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
Sat October 01 2022 - BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy Birmingham
Sun October 02 2022 - LONDON O2 Academy Brixton

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