NORTH REIGNS SUPREME MAGAZINE.
1.Well, itís going o.k. I would say...a couple of weeks ago we finnished promotional three weeks tour with ANCIENT, we did across Europe, and at the moment we are focused on rehearsing new songs for the upcoming album as well the live set, Ďcoz weíre gonna perform on open air A DRAGONíS BLAZE FEST. this summer. Besides all those band matters Iím. fine...Iíve just finnished my exams at the Gdansk University so I can concentrate on music only...
2.First off, thank You for your great opinion about ĄPANDEMONIC INCANTATIONSĒ, itís highly appreciated. Well, to be honest it was the longest and the most fruitful studio session weíve had so far...the biggest budget was spent as well so itís obvious that we are very satisfied from its result. I think that people also enjoy the sound, which this time is much more heavier and tight, not to mention that we became more proffessional in each detail. All these elements had its influence on the final albumís sound and thatís satisfactory, I have to admit. The studio session last for two weeks...I donít really understand what you mean by ĄimageĒ of the album, sorry, I canít answer this question.
3.Well, actually it took us over one year I guess...after releasing GROM album we were pretty stagnated and I simply ran out of ideas etc. Itís sad but it sems like after each album some time has to pass before I regenerate my vital powres and become creative again. But as I told you before, It took us about one year which was more than enough to finnish all the songs...besides, we never do any bonus songs we donít include on the album, you know, worst ones or something...letís say I have a picture of the whole album in my head, and Iíd like to release my concept through letís say 8 songs, therefore I will do them, and all of them will be included on the album. I never do bad riffs, if there are riffs which do not apply to BEHEMOTHís concept, I simply drop them...And after eight or nine months which have passed, I can proudly admit that Iím. fully satisfied from the compositions, this means we are more and more professional, we do not produce riffs and songs, we are not a music factory, we are creators of art and this means we put all our hearts into the songs and want them to be great as much possible...I hope we partly succeded.
4.Hm, I wouldnít say we were or are influenced by
DAMNATION in any way...well, maybe if you mean the structures, I mean the
complex of the structures, than yes. We just became more detailed, and maybe
thatís a reason of your conclusions, and the fact that INFERNO (former
DAMNATION drummer) and I had its part on some DAMNATION albums may have some
influence on you as well. But, I wouldnít say our music is similar to
DAMNATION, no way.
They are more chaotic, more death metallish, more detailed and more technical...well, we are also technical but again, we do everything in a different way...
5.Iíve always stood strongly behind everything which is true and honest in its form, no matter what itís been...it relates to people I meet, music I listen to, everything...Death metal and Black metal are so close to each other that sometimes itís difficult to notice the difference...letís take bands like DEICIDE or MORBID ANGEL which are considered as death metal, but if you step back in time you will notice that MORBID ANGEL was described as a speed black metal band, the same goes to DEICIDE...their attitude, message etc. is more black metallish than 95% of todays so called Ąblack metalĒ bands...thatís my opinion. BEHEMOTH still proudly carry the banner of BLACK METAL and this is what I will stick to eternally....itís something on which my spiritual and musical education has grown. I started a black metal band in the beginning of 90ís which means that BEHEMOTH is one of the very first bands that came with the second wave of black metal plague...along with EMPEROR, SATYRICON, IMMORTAL etc. This counts for me and it makes me feel pround about our tradition and origins...We are proud sons of METAL spirit but we go deeper down within ourselves, to find the darkest aspects of human nature...just to become divine in a way, and this, what I call spirituality in metal music reveals an immortal being...which used to be called by many as BLACK METAL.
6.BEHEMOTH have always had a massege to
people...sometimes it was done on purpose, sometimes not, just automatically we
had something to reveal, to show up to people. You see, the thing with my
lyrics is that I always write it for my personal use and I donít wanna talk
about them too much Ďcoz itíd destroy the listenerís vision of our music. Itís
up to you what they mean to You, the imagination seems to play the most
important role therefore make up your mind and create your own world, built on
my words, with accompaniment of our music. Yeah, youíre right, antichristianity
seems to be the integral part of BEHEMOTHís concept. It seems like itíll
never change, no matter what subjects weíll speak about in our songs...itís
something which is deep within ourselves and quite impossible to ignore, if you
know what I mean. Antichristianity means a Rebel, and quoting famous writerís
Albert Camus words, Ąwhen man revolts, it means he truely thinks, heís
conscious of its role in the UniverseĒ...these words are essential and I think
I will stick to such an attitude as long Iím conscious... he,he...Of course,
there is an incredibly strong releation between our music and lyrics...try to
read them and I guess youíll easly see what I mean...Music has to apply the
words and vice versa...this must be the unity, you know, this is what BEHEMOTH
is all about...There is no border between lyrics and music, ĄimageĒ and
reality, reality and fanthasy...we are one and the same thing, the divine
7.Right, there is new line up and it consits of three members...INFERNO and MEFISTO are devils indeed...he, he...they are truely devoted to the band and they are also highly skilled musicans what should be rather audiable on the last record. There is really nothing much I can say...you know, each of them is an extreme individual therefore itíd be rather difficult to give a short describtion of their characters...Anyway, Iím. pleased with their work for the band and I deeply hope both will develope their skills and become more and more proffessional with each move of the band...
8.There has nothing changed in my opinion generally. I
feel myself being very strong and independent individual who do not give a shit
about scums therefore Iíve never bothered about sucha crap, you know. Iím.
aware of the fact there are still some assholes who desperatelly try to disturb
us and interfere in our life but this is the way things are so...I mean, itís
always like this when somebody reaches some more peopleís attention and gain
respect from the crowd. Usually there are always people who feel jelous, scared
or something else I donít know... But sure thing is thatís quite common
behaviour for weak and narrow minded scums...this is the way they show their
fear towards you, being so strong and mighty, they show their lack of
intelligence but nobody demands more from them.
Hah, to sum it up, I should say that we need such ĄpeopleĒ as well as those who apploud you and support you...why, just becouse I feel Iím on the right track than, and I will stick to my ideals for eternity!
9.Well, in a way it still is but you know...there have some years passed since we wrote that material and were so close to nature and things like that. I still have an enormous respect to nature and tradition but I donít write about those subjects anymore...or maybe not so directly. Today I concentrate more on my deep inner self, my todays lyrics are more introspective which means they deal for 100% with me, they are real as hell...I remember that at the time we recorded our demo tapes and first albums I was very fascinated by my sea areas and woods and all the tremendous surroundings here in Pomerania...but you know, I canít continue with the same topicks for the whole life. There are far more topicks which influence me and interest me at the same level so Iím. gonna change something, all the time. Well, I would say that stagnation is a perfect word to describe such an attitude, a regress one...When people stick to one topick all the time and become very stagnated in result of that. I want to say that I donít change my views, I just try to express the same thoughts and emotions through different forms of art, means of language, varied topicks etc. Hopre you can understand what I mean...
10.Yeah, thatís correct...I believe our new songs are much more progressed and eventhough there are some symphonic passages and experiments we managed to keep a tight and brutality of the sound. Itís still very agressive and intense album. I think weíll follow this way in the future as well...for me itís important to keep variation within the music, Ďcoz itíd sound really boring if we didnít put all those ĄdetailsĒ and ĄeffectsĒ into our songs. I have to admit that Iím. not a classic music freak or something however there are a few compsers I truely admire, like Gustav Holtz or Wagner...but you know,black metal scene thesedays tend to become very much influenced by classical music, itís pity that majority of those bands donít manage to create something interesting...most of them build guiter riffs on synth basis which makes music much softer and less metallish. BEHEMOTH will stay as a great monolith within the genre, a pure metal band with real guitar playing, but still open for experiments...thatís how I see the things.
11.Yes, but I tell again, variation- thatís what BEHEMOTH will stand for all the time, to break all limitations, all boundaries....both lyrical and musical. I see no barieers, I just release my artistic spirit the best way I can. Using different elemnts of art. But itís all been said so far. ĄPANDEMONIC INCATATIONSĒ means a new beginning for us, it might sound like a paradox, but I used to call this album as a second debut for BEHEMOTH. We have new plans, new approach, new goals, there is also new deal to be sign in near future...you see, all is new therefore the band itself changes as well...well, not really changes but improve, I would say that the form has changed a bit but the substance staid the same...Thatís true that ĄPANDEMONIC INCANTATIONSĒ is more diabolic and deals directly with our views uopn the world, and itís closer to humanís nature but thatís the way I develope so there is nothing really controversial behind it, believe me, itís a natural development.
12.Itís getting worst with each day now as SOLISTITUM has some problems with prioritating his bands...itís sad but he pays more attention to bands that donít bring any fuckiní profits but heís just in good relation with them...this means we are no longer on SOLISTITIUM. I tell you like this, when we recorded GROM he got an established and world widely known band, it was important to put some more money into promotion and distribution of this album but it failed...all in all we were no that dissapointed but of coures, he couild do much more. But with this album Carsten promised us some real advertisment in major magazines, in result we got some in fanzines and shit like this...there was not real support from the label again and thatís fuckiní irritating as we are so satisfied from that album and you know, the responce has been so great. We have a chance to reach much more people with this album Ďcoz weíve become more proffessional in each fuckiní detail but it seems like the company doesnít develope at all and this provides a fuckiní stagnation...it pity but Carsten lost his chance, now weíre gonna leave him with all those worthless bands, let him cope with unproffesionalism...I donít fuckiní care anymore. Weíve received so far some really good offers from avarage and bigger labels and now weíre considerning them but itís most probably weíll sign AVANTGARDE from Italy, They provides us very comfortable deal with big tour (supporting a big band) and world promotional compaign...we deeply hope they will be professional enough and will take care about all our business.
13.As I told you before, the change is necessary but Iím. not really sure if itís better to sign a really big company which places you on the last position in its catalogue...bullshit. there is no sense in being treted as a low quality band, a worse one...just becouse there are bigger names to be treated with a demanded respect and support from the label. Just letís take NUCLEAR BLAST for instance...yeah, thatís a fact they are signing so many Black metal bands thesedays but does it mean that quality counts...I donít say those bands are bad or something. In fact I really like DIMMU BORGIR, HADES or GORGOROTH. On the other hand they get wide promotion and chance to grow fuckiní big...but, do You remember all those death metal bands who used to be big back in the beginning of 90ís...at that time they also got a great chance but when death metal was finnished, 95% of them suddenly dissapeared and never restored their ĄgreatĒ position. Hm, that makes me think a lot and not to take a bad offer. You see, BEHEMOTH has always been a quality band but weíve always kept the same level, which means who consequently follow our path and getting bigger, but slowly...you know, weíre working pretty hard, and never gain as much as we deserve but it only make us do things better...to be determinated. Therefore weíre looking for not that big company, but a company which has got a potential to promote BEHEMOTH and support us as much itís possible. We want to be a priority of the label, to feel comfortable and not to care about the future when black metal will start to descend...there are some labels that have shown their serious interest and they all seem to be more less established in the underground but as I told you before, as for today we pretty convinced to what AVANTGARDE is able to offer...but, time shall tell...
14.Well, looking through social prisma we are not
normal human beings...and thatís quite understandable but I donít see things
like a normal human being.
Letís start like this...I believe everyone has got the same potential to create valuable things, to make his life beautiful and phenomenal, but most of the society donít want to reveal their vital powers, there are not interested in making things grow in their life...they prefere to stagnate, limit themselves and not to think. They are more into following others, more intelligent or alert individuals and thatís make them feel comfortable in life. I know my values, I have principles in life...Iím an artist, someone who thinks differently, acts differently...thatís what makes me feel so damn pround of being above the avaragism of todayís crowd.
Crowd means uncreativity, lack of individualism and psychology of the crowd,...
this is something I canít relate to...I feel being so powerful, greater in each fuckiní detail...hah, itís really difficult to say it, but...Iíve never considered myself as someone better than others but you know, when you do so many things in life that meets with peopleís admiration, you change quite drastically, it might be positive or negative sense but I deeply believe it only helps me being harder and more self confident. Thatís really usefull in life...
15.O, most of those idiots mix ideologies and terms. They usually relete their so called ĄpaganĒ origins to fascism and stuff like that. For me itís extremely stupid of course and maybe thatís a reason of being isolated from the stupidity, you know...I just canít tolerate all those damn kids who think of themselves being so clever and shit, but you know, they speak about the past, about the history but there is an extreme lack of knowledge what I can see. Hah, you know, Iíve been into history since I attened a secondary school and now itís the third year I learn history on Gdansk University...well, this means I know Ąa bitĒ about the past, he, he...so, who the fact they are to confront me?
16.Itís all the same I would say...there is nothing like private life and life in the band, if you mean this. Even when Iím. at the University I look differently, I act differently and think in the same way, so, itís all related to BEHEMOTH, to music, to religion...in one word to my life style. Nothing can be a pose, I am who I am and the why everything around is so serious, well, maybe sometimes itís no the easiest way to live but...Iím inspired by life in general and itís difficult to point just one, the most important elemnt that gives me the biggest inspiration. Almost everything I face each day can influence me in a way, no matter whatís that, really...everything from read book to person I meet in the street...yeah, I know, sounds prosaic but itís true.
17.Hm, it canít be answered in just a few sentences...does it sound pathethic if I say you need the whole life to be sure...to know whatís its essence. To be honest Iíve never thought so serious about death etc. Iíve never had any suicidal thoughts, Iíve always been person who loves his life and never gives up. I try to focus on presence and not to loose time, do as much as possible, to release myself in many ways...I take life as it is. Carpe diem, you know, he, he...but it doesnít mean Iím. not aware of the fact that death is the most certain thing in this life...anyway, I dare to say that eventhough I die sooner or later as a human, I will live eternally by the gods side. And this will be the result of art I am the creator of...
18.Iím. not sure yet as our german label seems not to care about informing us about the details of this matter...itís been selling really well from what Iíve been told but I wonít risk with quesing any numbers. In Poland itís been very well so far as well, weíve reached the top of polish metal bands and I gues we are now the best selling band in the country among the extreme ones, along with mighty VADER although VADER leaves everybody behind anyway, he, he...
19.I can tell you whatís the message behind the whole
album...it was not done on purpose my for my personal use, and I will just
explain my own point of view not being sure if itís good for the listener. I
prefere when people make up their minds and try to create their own
interpretations but anyway...ĒPANDEMONIC INCANTATIONSĒ speaks about the truth,
deep inner thoughts and feeling I bear inside of myself. As I said before,
there are far less describtions of what surround us...lyrics are more
introspective what makes them real and less fictious. Of course I use lotsa
metaphores, comparisons etc. to make the whole concept look very poetical. I
used to express myself, my eartly feelings through astral world therefore these
lyrics can not be described as 100% earthly or astral, if you know what I
mean...I speak about my personal and only views on religion, I speak about the
relation to god, biblical world of angels and daemons...but all those stories
you can easly relate to my eartly relations. Letís take an example...when I
speak about my disgust to God and when I sing Ą I am the beast, wheras thy love
as a cockroach under my iron bootĒ...I mean a disgust to everyone who tries to
insist on me, tries to force me to do his will or believe his words...I speak
about my deep inner strenght and hate towards foes and opponents of Ąfree
You can say there is so called dualism hidden in the meaning of my poems but thatís how it really is. I hardly ever say things directly, Iíd better try to hide them behind some metaphores etc. This appeals more to my taste and I prefere things stay in such a way. Sorry, but itíd take far too much time to explain all(?!) topicks and ĄproblemsĒ hidden behind my songs...Youíd better read and interprete them by yourself, itíll be much more usefull for You...
20.Great questions but almost impossible to answer,
he, he...just too many excellent titles to mention...but, letís give a try.
Three best(or among the best ones) would surely be:
1.MAYHEMĒDe mysteriis dom sathanasĒ
2.MERCYFUL FATE ĄDonít break the oathĒ
3. maybe something from EMPEROR...letís say itís ĄAnthems...Ē but equally it could be mini album or the debut one, I donít know...all is so great.
Death metal ones...:
1.MORBID ANGELĒCovenantĒ but the same as above I have to point out also ĄBlessed are the sickĒ, ĄDominationĒ or ĄAltars of madnessĒ...
21.Iíve explained this problem somewrhere above so I wonít draw in this anymore.
22.As for the first part your question...itís hard to
say Ďcoz everything depends on the fact if youíll go on tour in the end of the
year. If so, than we are gonna enter the studio in the first months of next
year, maybe in march or something. If we donít go anywhere and change our live
dates for the next year, weíll most probably be recording our ĄARS SATANICAĒ
opus in January maybe...
hm, I donít really understand the second question, sorry.
23.There was very similar question somwehere before so I wonít explain the same topick once again...No, I donít get any benefit from goverment nor from society, why should I?
24.Yeah, thank you for the interview...Honestly I have to add this one was one of the most interesting ones Iíve received lately. Long and detailed...hope the answers were at least satisfying as well? Hm, I wanted to thank you and also some other guys in Finland for the support, I especially mean Northwind from ĄI returned to the DarknessímagĒ who did a great job for BEHEMOTH a few times so far, the same goes to KILL YOURSELF MAG. And a few more whose names I canít recall at the moment, but all of them were very supportive throughout all the years...THE BEAST WILL GRATIFY YOUR EFFORTS! I also would like to encourage everybody to face the new BEHEMOTH opus ĄPANDEMONIC INCANTATIONSĒ and judge by himself...I believe itís truely worth of your money...remember that BEHEMOTH stands for QUALITY so you can never expect any crap recording from us, thatís fuckiní sure!!! For the end I only hope there is one day to come in the future, we will come to invade your lands...