1.Yeah, partly youíre absolutely right about the
Ąpromotional compaignĒ of our latest opus. You see, the deal with SOLISTITIUM
REC. was a real chance for us back in í95 when we were about to record our
second album. We were completely fed up with PAGAN REC. and the italian label
than released our mini album and we decided to do something with some more
responsible people and to be honest, I have to say that when we did this deal
Carsten seemed to be very honest and reliable person. The things went pretty o.k.,
he released our second album ĄGROMĒ and sent us on tour which was the first
live experience for us...I think this period was very important for our
development and establishing in this scene. Weíve gained so much back than,
weíve sold much more records than we had sold before, necessary to add without
any promotion. But well, we were debutants on western market and so was
SOLISTITIUM, therefore I had no problems with that. But when he wanted to
pre-long the deal we demanded more, itís so natural. Carsten promised us to
arrange bigger promotion with an exclusive advertisments in proffessional
press...in fact we almost got none...some shitty split commercials in zines. Hm,
the only positive point was the studio budget so we could record the best album
so far, we were very comfortable and relaxed in the studio and this special
situation obviously affacted the final result. We did the films for the lay-out
in Poland and it looks really proffessional...so, in a result we have a new
album out, an album which in our opinion stands far above the avaragism of
todayís black/death metal scene. An album which could rival with the top
releases from the genre but all of these seem to be nothing Ďcoz thereíve been
NO PROMOTION. We went on tour with ANCIENT one month after albumís release but
still there were many people conscious we had a new release out, you know. It
was so annoying...and every time I spoke to him he assured me that something is
gonna change in that matter but as you can see no changes occured. Hell, I got
really infuriated than, but in responce for our demands and questions we got a
blackmail reconse from SOLISTITIUM. He told me that heís not gonna do anything
more than it was already done, if we donít sign for one more album...I must
admit I havenít expected such a behaviour from Carstenís side as he always
seemed to be quite honest. But, the problem lays at his side only Ďcoz we are
far too professional band for such a crapy label! Becouse how would you explain
such a behaviour...at the moment he prioritates Forbidden side the most, itís
quite silly and irresposible I would say becouse all in all we are the best
selling band in this label, right? Huh, you must know that I feel really sorry
that I have to say all these things but thatís the only way we can face the
problem. I donít want people think we have a war with a label or something like
that...wars are for little kids. We just try to fight unprofessionalism, fight
for our rights... because the most annaying thing in the whole situation is an
ignorance... You know, BEHEMOTH have existed on this scene for so many years,
we formed the band in the begining of this decade so, I guess after dealing
with so many assholes and moneysuckers we finally demand for something more and
what we get? Again we have to face the same problem... But there is new deal
appraching with a really trustworthy label and we deeply hope things are gonna
change quite drastically pretty soon...Beware! Weíre rule this world in near
But back to SOLISTITIUM matter...if the guy doesnít change his relation to bands and doesnít chose right priorities he will end up like all thouse shit worthy small underground labels that surround us and fill this market ans scene with crap bands and truely gruesome albums...Please, donít get me wrong, itís against SOLISTITIUM, itís against stupidity and unprofessionalism! This is my final word in this case...
2.Actually youíre right...but let me explain the
topick in a wider chorizon. You see, peaople are aware of the fact that
BEHEMOTH is an established, professional band with three albums released, with
sort of tradition, with its own group of listeners etc. etc. Thatís pretty
comfortable situation for any label interested in extreme music, and I
understand this very well. Unfortunatelly for SOLISTITIUM REC., they have
already lost the chanse to grow bigger with our help, Iím not gonna act like a
horse, without gaining a deserved profits out of this. Therefore BEHEMOTH is
keen on professional, more than underground labels thesedays and this should be
obvious noticing the fact weíve been wandering in this scene for so many years
and not improving that intensively as we would like to. I donít say that
NUCLEAR BLAST offered us a deal...the fact is that my close friend who works in
their office really enjoys our last work and she passed this CD to the chief of
the company and he shown quite abig interest in us, he was very impressed by
this opus, itís lay-out, great sound and song arrangements...well, there have
been so much said about NUCLEAR BLAST but I donít give a fuck about problems
people have with this company. Itís not my business...I just want to say that
we still have a great potential and such reaction means one thing, WE ARE
enough professional band to attract even the biggest labels from the genre. But
of course this doesnít mean weíre gonna sign them or something...thatís true
weíve considering it but finally we decided to concentrate our potential in a
bit smaller label but a label which proudly stands for their bands and theyíve
already gained almost ĄcultĒ status by releasing MAYHEM ĄLive in LeipzigĒ LPCD.
Of course I mean AVANTGARDE MUSIC from Italy...
A few months ago we got an offer from them and till today weíve been negotiating a deal for two albums and I believe weíll finally sign it in september if everythings goes in our way. And again I agree with you my firend, than such a label can do much more for us...why? thatís pretty simple, theyíve already qiut a contract with KATATONIA which means that BEHEMOTH will stay the highest priority there, theyíre gonna focus on our future albums and I sreongly believe both sides will be more than satisfied. Theyíve so far done quite a lot I would say...at the moment weíre negotioting a tour conditions for the first months of the upcoming year, weíll get an exclusive whole page advertismens in professional press, weíll be interviewed etc. etc. Not to mention that AVANTGARDE is kind of elitarian label as they never sign bands they donís like personally, they never try to sign as many bands itís possible with loosing quality of the relases at the same time. I really like their way of acting and all those argumentations make me feel very optimistic as for the future of the band. On such basis we can reach a lot, believe me girl, I feel so much potential inside and this new deal mean a new beginning for us! About other offers..yeah, there were a few, the most interesting ones came from AVANTGARDE of course, but also from dutch HAMMERHEART which is a great company as well. They do a lot for their bands but the thing I donít like is so big quantity of avarage bands on their label.
QUALITY not QUANTITY counts!
3.Hm, you see, the problem has always been and Iím. not sure itíll stop, although Iím satisfied from the current line- up which cosists of three members now, me, the leader, spokesman and the main composer in the band, MEFISTO, new bass player who has replaced LES, and INFERNO on drums. Well, the point with all those line up changes is that there have always been strong personalities within the band, and we had to work with each other...I guess in a short relation it works out but in a longer prisma things start to complicate a bit. Thatís because we have so diffrent views uopn the future of the band, music etc. etc. Than itís hard to force your idea upon such a person because he feels very comfortable in the band. At the moment these boundaries are much clearier Ďcoz itís been shortly said: I am the leader and I am the one who have the last word in each matter that has anything to do with the band. If other members accept such a situation, and so far MEFISTO and INFERNO do, there are hardly any problems apear. The problem will start when they change their mind in that case what I hope wonít happen that soon, he, he, he....Anyway, the new line-up seems to be the ultimate one, and I can proudle annouse that itís the best one, the most comfortable and most effective weíve had so far. Eventhough we differ quite much from each other, the most important fact doesnít change, BEHEMOTH is the biggest priority in out lifes and we know our places and roles in the band and I believe that as long everybody will does his best and develope...this hellish machine will conquers across the Universe endlessly!
4.Yes. Weíve done almost everything before I left for
the vacation...the only thing that was partly not finished were the
translations of some of the lyrics. But 95% of the music were completely
finnished and ready to work on in the studio.
Hm, you see, with my last year vacation it was a bit complex situation I dealt with at that time. After we came back from the german ĄFEASTING THE BEAST TOURĒ with DESASTER and SVARSTYN lotsa personal problems occured afterwords...most of the shit was connected with a girl I used to be with, but it was just a part of the whole hell I had to go through back than. I must say that at that time I had a really bizzare period of time, I was pretty depressed and lost, so many things changed very drastically and itís not a secret it was connected with my spiritual and intelectual dvelopment. I simply startded to see things in a different way than I used to before. So many matters became useless and lost its values from the past...itís difficult to explain as it was something that I had to face deep within my inner self, it was mine and only problem therefore it caused so strong and intense breakdown. Not to mention that LES has left the band right before I left to Scandinavia...hah, just try to imagine all the shit I had to face at that time but I guess each active human have such a period in his life, not even one but more times I guess. Succesfully I found the replacement quite fast so I could leave Poland with no line-up problems. So, this story says for itself...I needed one month of relax so I decided to visit some of my scandinavian friends. I visited guys from LUCIFERION, DIMMU BORGIR, GORGOROTH,
HADES, AETERNUS and many more...you know they are very specific kind of people. Quite calmed down, stoical...those people and the evirement (mighty Bergenís mountains, fjords, lakes, woods and sea...) was like a spiritual healing for me and believe me, I started to think and feel much better, it helped me so much. Hm, as you can see, I went there in search for promised tranquillty and peace but in result I also found a lot of marvelous inspiration and motivation to further moves in life and with BEHEMOTH...I hope you know exactly what I mean.
5.Actually I know nothing about any problems with DAMNATION, but if they spread shit behind my back please tell me, he, he...in fact we are still good friends with LES and we meet quite often, from time to time we play with both bands on ocasional festivals etc. The only problem that occured, was the change of line-up before we recorded ĄPANDEMONIC INCANTATIONSĒ. He decided to concentrate himself on DAMNATION only and I respected his decision, eventhough I was very surpriced and confused...he declared that he would like to record bass lines he did with us but I didnít agree. It would have meant that he would get the profits out from the sold copies of the album and for us it was useless. So I found MEFISTO to change LES and it turned out to be a right choice. You see,...there were some minor problems in the past...LES is rather old guy with a family, kids and obligations concerning that fact. He was not able to dedicate himself to the band as much I wanted him to do. I always demand from band members to focus on band the most...the rest of the things in their lifes are of course less important. Only such a treatment provides a succes and good results.
6.Itís a shame but what youíve said is partly
true...Itís true that Poland has been opressed by the commuistic system for so
many years and that weíve had many economical troubles, which appear even
thesdays by the way, but we are not an examption in that matter. But if you try
to be objective you will notice that Poland belongs to those countries from
this old commusitc block which developed the most. Well, yeah, we donít have so
glorious past, I mean last few decades especially...thatís true that Poland are
often labeled as theifs etc. but what can I do about it...I donít wanna hide
the truth from its reveal. But I can assure you than theesedays Poland stands
as one of the most succesful countries and we improve very fast learning on our
own faults from the past. Itís pity that majority of people donít know about
the glorious historical past of my homecountry. Believe me, Poland wrote so
many pages in european history, especially in ages from XII to XVII we fuckiní
kicked some serious ass and that what make me feel pround about Poland. But I
donít wanna start any historical matters Ďcoz Iím pretty sure there are too
many details and stuff Iíd like to reveal and show off.
But letís back to reality...Weíve never experienced any idiotic behaviour from the pwople on tour etc. I mean, BEHEMOTH, similar like VADER, has gained a good reputation in Europe not as a polish band but as a quality and honest band. Thatís what counts the most for me...Yeah, probably if we were born in Scandinavia we would have reached much higher dimentions I believe but I donít give a fuck about it anymore. Iím pround of who I am and I love my land...thatís pretty obvious but I would like to point it expressively, it doesnít matter where you come from, as long you have respect to yourself and other people, as long you act with your natural instoncs and do your best in each fuckiní way of life.
As I said before...BEHEMOTH seems to be more european band, exactly like VADER, but letís interprete it like this, the fact we come from a country that doesnít belong to EU we have much harder work to do, and I take it as a challange and I love challanges! This is maybe something that makes our band even more valuable in the eyes of other people because to reach what weíve reached sp far we had to do twice more than other bands...but donít think I depressed because of that, it only leads me to greater satisfaction from our results, I believe we truely deserve a lot and with each next record we try to push things further, hard and bring our band and this genre of extreme music to yet unkown heights...heights we donít know yet but weíre gonna reveal in the nearest future, I can promise you!
7.Well, there so many great things from the tours to
tell...but believe me girl, there far to many to mention them all. But maybe
Iíll start with a statement that we deeply enjoy playing live and weíve gained
a lot experience throughout last years. We did three tours so far played on
some exclusive festivals abroud...
The first tour was ĄPAGAN TRIUMPH TOURí96Ē we did together with HELHEIM and CHRIST AGONY. And this one was really siccesful I would say.
Most of the things were arranged in the right way and that what we demanded from the organizer...some months later we did one tour more but with a local promotor from Berlin, Folter rec. In fact it was the worst tour when it comes to organisation but I donít doubt that people from Folter had good intentions. They fuck up the promotion and this caused really bad frequency on the shows...but all in all I must say Iím still satisfied from this one as well. I would also like to thank Folter rec. and especially one special girl, Andrew from Berlin, who did her best the shows to turn out in the proper way...next youíll successed, but we have to learn on our own mistakes. But the thing that has to be mention is the great company we had on ĄFEASTING THE BEAST TOURĒ, I mean SVARSTYN and especially DISTASTER guys. They are an excellent live band and personally extremely nice and symphathic guys...I will never forget all those nights full of alcohol and METAL!!! Iíd also like to say HELLO to them right now....
Hm, this tour was full of great moments...I remember that the last performence we did, we mixed our line-upís and set up a new band or something, ha, ha...I was playing drums, Kolgrim from SVARTSYN was playing bass, Infernal and Ocullta did the rest of the instruments and we did ĄCOUNTESS BATHORYĒ from mighty VENOM. I also remember that there were some shows with a really very few people in the audience so we were changing our set permanently and played songs for ĄPANDEMONIC INCANTATIONSĒ but they were not scheduled in our live set, ha, ha...I didnít even sing because I had no lyrics back than...you know, it was very friendly atmosphere, we complenty had no stagefraight, no stress, nothing...in a way it was a great experience.
Recently we did our third tour and we were co-headlining ANCIENT...there was also one more band from Austria, BELPHEGOR. Well, both bands were really o.k., we didnít have any problems with the guys...I would even say that ANCIENT guys were more than friendly and so we were. Maybe Iím not the biggest fan of their music but one thing is sure, they are very nice people.
The third tour was the one we promoted ĄPANDEMONIC INCANTATIONSĒ and it was also the longest and the widest one. For the first time we invaded such coutries like Slovenia, Italy, Austria, France or Switzerland...all of them were good but I would especially mention Paris. To be honest Iíve never seen wilder audience, they went fuckiní crazy when we played, it was unbelivable, really.
Cool nites in Hellraiser, Essen (even if there were only 100 people, because the local promotor annaunced our show two days later, damned! Iím still very sorry if there were people who wanted to see us but we didnít play!), surpriceingly all the shows in Holland were good, with good frequency and right reaction from the crowd...it was something I didnít expected from its most stagnated audience!
Not to forget great responce in Waregem in Belgium, those people know what a real metal party means...You know, this tour was really o.k. Some shows were great, some crap and some avarage, thatís the way it is...
8.Thatís correct...the atmosphere was totally fucked
up but I wouldnít say it was BEHEMOTHís fault...or, it could be our fault if
you state that being unprofessional and not serious was the right way of doing
things and we hardly accepted this. The problem was also with CHRIST AGONY guys
Ďcoz noone of them was able to speak fluent english what caused some troubles
as well. In opposition to the second and the third tour this one was very
stagnated, the atmosphemere was not good Ďcoz each band didnít bother about
otherís problems. The crew was split and we hardly got along with each
other...but I wouldnít like you to think we had any major problems or
something. I think Iím. pretty easy going guy and have no problems in coping
with people but sometimes there is someone who exeptionally gets on my nerves,
you can imagine how it is?
I donít really know anything about this blood...well, yeah, we wanted to have it on stage but of course our chief didnít give a fuck about our needs. But there was no big deal...I remember once we almost cancelled the gig because everything was totally fucked up. I mean, we were supposed to play a show in Trier if I remember well, and when we arrived to this place, we found out that an important cabel is missing and there was no possiblility to use any lights there...Ha, ha, jsut try to imagine metal gig with no lights...it was impossible to do. But we kicked ass of our label chief and he organised strob and some candles just to create sort of atmosphere, you know...
9.As far as I can recall we did the first arrangaments
in autumn 1996, but those were only some main schemes, not the whole
songs...but the first months of 1997 were very fruitful, as you know along with
the tour we were working hard on the new songs. The whole material was
finnished before the vacation as I mention somewhere above. When it comes to
our way of writing process we almost never put any songs aside...we compse
album and we see the whole concept that rather canít be split in parts or
something. And it was the same with ĄPANDEMONIC INCANTATIONSĒ, I had some
potential and I did around nine songs and to be honest at that time, when we
finnished them all, I completly ran out of ideas...itís pretty schematic when
we compse an album and record it in the studio. But when the album is recorded
I treat this more less like a close chapet and my will is free to create new
things...When the album is recorded I start to think about the future album not
bothering that much about the past...but I reckon that ĄPANDEMONIC..Ē is the
most succesful piece weíve done so far...I draw a conclusion from the long time
prisma and Iím still very satisfactory from the final studio result, the
saound, arrangements etc.
Hm, the composing process seems rather normal I would say. First of all I have to get some motivation but itís rather not a materialistic one like for ex. Contract that force you to record a new thing or something. I need something to stimulate my mind, something that will push me to the creative moods...itís something that comes very naturally and itís impossible to make myself do something...the melody, the idea, the concept has to play deep within me, play with my emotions and I have to feel it very close, you know. Itís very personal, thatís obvious, therefore itís hard to describe...you see, I rather use melodies and themes to express myself in that way, I donít need to describe this process...itís clear itself.
When I come up with a melody, that in most cases is compsed on my guitar, I try to build some more parts on this motive...itís much easier when I find the leading theme of the song, you know, the main melody. Itís also much easier when I find more charachteristic parts that Iíll use as a chorus or strophe, than it usually goes fast like hell...in reality itís much more difficult to compse a song than one might think. It takes a lot of time, emotions, dedication etc. You have to put yourself within a tune, you have to present a part of you in the best possible way...Iíve always claimed that music says a lot about the compser. If itís not original and not interesting (as the majority of todayís bands) itís useless to care about people in those bands...they are most probably not inetersting at all. This is very simple theory but it really works...just check it out!
Well, bandmembers didnít contribute in the writing process of this album but itíll change with the next record...now they seem to bother much more about things,
Iím itíll make our sound much richer and varied, I guess.
10.Yeah, this was SELANI studios near our hometown. Today
it seems like this is the most popular studio for metal bands in Poland...but
unfortunatelly only very few bands can manage to reach a really quality sound. VADER
and CHRIST AGONY are the most known bands that did their last works there and I
can assure you it turned out really good...I mean, the studio equipment itself
is not that great, I would say itís just an avarage one, itís 24 track recorder
so you can record a really professional album but the fact which is necessary
to mention here is the sound engineer Andy. Heís a perfectionist and itís
mainly his merit that all those records sound such impressively...secondly this
is still one of the cheapest studios in Poland therefore we could spend there a
couple of weeks and work with no stress, no hurry...completely relaxed, this
was also an important cause why we succeded so much with that album...
Well, to be honest we have thought about using another studio, possibly somewehere abroud in near future but Iím not if it calculates. Recently polish label MYSTIC rec. wanted to sign us and they promised to send us to ABYSS to Sweden for two weeks...hm, Iím really impressed by their works but I have and impression that most of albums that come out from this place sound the same, the sound is pretty lifeless and synthetic, I think. My faves are for sure german Woodhouse and if thereís a chanse to go there in the future, weíll surely do this.
But Iím quite convinced that we are able to find polish studio with the same quality level...the problem lays with the sound producer because itís obviously half of the succes...
11.Yes, I believe so...at the moment we have around
four finnished main themes for the songs and some more ideas for the future
album and I can assure you itíll be continued. I mean, new songs are more
matured of course, there is even more variation put into but all in all one can
say we found our new style and weíre gonna stick to this one. Iím sure there
wonít be such a difference between this albums like it used to be in the
past...Today we are much more convinced what weíre gonna reach with the band,
we are more self confident and finally weíve developed as musicans and
individuals so new album will reach even further heights. As you can notice,
the new BEHEMOTHís style is far more progressed than it used to be before, some
might call it death metallish influences but the point is that we just leart
how to play our instruments. And the impresion is that people think we started
to play clearier, faster,... we are like one unit now, not that someone doesnít
develope along with skills of others...Now we are stronger and more
proffessional than ever and this will be continued as I said before.
I still have plenty of marvelous ideas and Iím constantly very enthusiastic when it comes to creating new music for the band...this means I donít get bored by what we do and this will not change soon I hope. You know, in the past we did things not thinking that much before doing them, now we are far more conscious of our activity, we have new aproach, new goals, new heights to reach...this is the main difference.As you might know, our music in the past was very barbaric, not that complex, simple and easy to get along with...today we are keen on creating more complex sound, not that cheap anymore. I know there are still some listeners who prefere first or the second album but they certainly donít understand the artistic intentions of BEHEMOTH, they would like us playing the same riffs all the time...yeah, that might have kept them with us but we wouldnít have been satisfied from our work anymore, is it clear? We canít go on compromises with the listeners...they might accept our change and itíll be highly appreciated but is they donít, itís their and only problem. Iím. not sorry about that. But Iím very
sure thare are more and more individuals who are into our new sound Ďcoz it simply delivers them more emotions and attraction. When listening to ĄPANDEMONIC..Ē it demanded from listener to listen to this album more than one time Ďcoz only this way will provide him a succesful listening, you know. Todayís BEHEMOTH sound is much more complex and massive and you have to get really deep into the songs to find out what going on there, but believe me, you have to pay more attention but at the same time you gets greater satisfactory from the listening, at least I think so. I also donít want anyone think that we cut from our past releases, itís not like that...but I see it more as a close chapter, the chapter which was not that professional but of course we do respect our first demo tapes and albums...on live performences we still play some songs from the these albums so...But people have to understand that truely work hard on new songs and their level of quality is much bigger so I deeply hope itíll be appreciated both, by old and new fans as well...
12.As I partly explained above, with each new record we try to push hard things, to go further in our development, not to repeat the same ideas all the time...But this is connected with my personality and character of course. I hate rutine in life, therefore Iím very active person, still alert and conscious of its role I play here.
I like changes because changes provide me the right way of development, only than I feel comfortable with our art... only when there is audiable improvement.
13.Well, it was not arranged before we enetered the
studio...some months before I came up with an idea of making such a song, a
song based on very bombastic and powerful riffs, simple but very powerful at
the same time...I wanted it to become kind of experiment and it really is. Itís
not a regular song from BEHEMOTH...you know, it differs a lot from all the
other tunes. But, I draw some inspiration from the great russian classical
composer MUSSORGSKI and we stole some tunes from his ĄPictures from the
exhibitionĒ and we mixed this with this symphonic metal sound...I intended this
to sound like LAIBACH a bit, and I think it does, it has also some similarities
with ĄHateworkĒ of MORBID ANGEL...hah, as I told you, kind of experimental tune
but at the same time it has very symbolic massage. You see, I wanted to keep
this track more as a manifest of our hate and wrath towards what happened in my
There was an anniversary of the town, 1000 years has passed but the authorities chose Saint Wojciech as a patron of this happening...Well, the thing with Wojciech is quite complex and in my opinion it must not be mixed with the pagan history of these lands. You see, when Pomerania was a heathen land in the fall of Xth century and it was not connected with young political polish organism...you know, there were all those tries to christanize these lands and Wojciech was sent from Czech to Poland, he was invited by polish king Boleslaw and sent to Pomerania to invade and spread the name of christ. Heathens warned him twice not to come closer to their sacred woods and fields, the magic spots, but he did. So they killed him and stock his head on the stick as a warning for others...
Polish king shortly after bought his corpse from Pomeranians and Wojciech became saint one. Itís a really disgusting story and a true shame in our history.
Unfortunately today they glorify his name and treat him as a patron...but for me these lands will remain heathen for ever...no labels, no stickers will change the fact that Pomerania remains pagan forever! And the title can be translated in english like ĄHail to the assassins of Wojciech (997-1997 ten centuries of a shame)Ē...Huh, I hope you get what we meant by puting this on this record. In fact we didnít any lyrics Ďcoz they simply are too strong so we could get some troubles as there is quite strong intolerance in christian Poland...
14.Yes, youíre that we did a step back to our demo
tapes when it comes to the topicks we speak about again. The new album is
surely more oriented in satanism and I wonít try to hide it, of course. You
see, on ĄSVENTEVITHĒ album we started to deal with more cultural topicks,
things that we could relate to our glorious past and pagan traditions. I would
even dare to say that in a way we still glorify our ancestors but of
course the way of expression has changed so drastically. Thatís connected with
my intelectual development as an individual and I started to reveal yet unknown
dimentions for me. Yeah, we can admit we are back to satanism but itís not that
we have ever quit it. No way! We just try to express our emotions through
different aspects and forms of what surround us. But I would say that basis of
my lyrics never change...I mean that they always are build of very strong and
uncompromising antichristian basis. They have always spoken about the
admiration of earth, man and what is the closest to us, nature in its most
magnificent form. Now I deal more with some biblical concepts, I used to use
many describtions taken from the bible like angels, devils, satan etc. etc. but
itís just another way of expressing my deep inner spirit...You see, BEHEMOTH
has always claimed himself as a satanistic band and even if we start to deal
with another mithological aspects from letís say Sumer for example, it wonít
change anything...Nowadays I try to speak about more personal things therefore
you will hardly find such things like describtions of nature, cultural topicks
etc. Instead of this you get more personal and at the same time much more
difficult to understand lyrical concept. But I see it more as a natural
development, thesedays my words are thoughts are more introspective, deal with
a real topick which means myself and my own evirement. Maybe it sounds less
interesting for the readers but letís see, everybody speaks about everything
else than themselves. Itís not what I mean to achive...Thesedays my thoughts
are closer to neatzchian way of seeing things therefore youíll find many things
in lyrics that deal with the releasing of my own self, my own spirit. I focus
more on my own needs and feelings, emotions, try to live the best life itís
possible to do things that are more useful for me. Of course itís been said
through different, rather irrational prisma therefore youíll find so many
poetical influences in my songs and it doesnít make it easy to understand. Generally
I donít like speak about my words as I donít wanna destroy the readerís own
vision of them. I believe there are enough universal, they deal with timeless
topicks so more intelligent individuals might find something for themselves I
hope. Letís take the first tune from new album, ĄThousand plagues I witnessĒ. As
everybody can easly notice it deals with my relation to what I define as
But there is much deeper meaning of this song than just antichristian, it speaks about deep inner strenght, the power I can confront and win...thatís my point of seeing things, we have to win our own batteles within ourselves, just to be conscious of our individualism and self-confidence.
ĄDriven by the five-winged starĒ is one of the most personal lyrics Iíve ever written I guess...it speaks about so important need of having someone you could pour your emotions on...one will call it love, anyway, I do, but read the lyrics and youíll maybe find out what I meant...itís very strong feeling, believe me, very natural and hard to express. ĄThe entrance to the spheres of MarsĒ speaks about me as well, but itís more direct relation, as god of war Mars is identify with NERGAL. It says about storming the heavenís gates and dethroning my step father but again, read the lyrics, itís not just another antichristian song, itís written very poetically and here I would search for its real values...of course again we could say it speaks about lonliness, about a need to fight and win, to reach more than we have...to keep a strong spirit within ourselves.
You can find some influences from polish writers and poets from the ĄYoung PolandĒ era, like Tadeusz Micinski, or Stanislaw Przybyszewski...both were the precursors of satanistic thoughts in polish literature. I hope these wrods gave at least small light upon my thoughts that I try to speak about in lyrics...
15.Satanism has been an integral part of my life since
í91...so, you can ralate this date to the moment when I formed the band and
this is the ultimate truth. Metal and dark side of life opened for me different
doors...doors to unkown, wider and chorizontal dimentions. In fact i was
interested in spiritual side of life some years before, when I was a kid but it
was never that serious due to my little age and lack of lifeís experience. You
see, I was brought up in christian family but when you read on polish
statistics you will notice that 95% of this society claims to be catholics. So,
I was raised in so called catholic family, statistic catholic family if we want
to be detailed, and my parents never gave a damn about that strict rules. In
one way it was very comfortable situation as they have been very tolerant and
even when I enetered the satanistic dimention they treated this more less
On the other hand it was much easier for me, there were no strict rules I was forced to follow or something like that. In the age of 14 I realised that I belong to another dimention, my life is much more colourful and it stands for vital powers and useful energy. And this what satanism meant to me...in the very beginning it was pretty difficult and quite depressive at times Ďcoz Satan means destruction.
In my interpretation Satan is an archetype of the One who breaks all stagnated rules and principles, heís a rebel and so was I. I found in myself deep rebelious spirit and satanism was something that attracted my young, hungry for new knowledge and emotions soul. Satanism has so many different describtions and definitions so I wouldít like to mention them or something...Thesedays Iím more
into creating my own values and life philosphy. Of course, Crowley, Nietzche, La Vey...and some others, mostlly those who revealed their satanism in poetry, have influenced me quite strongly and I have a deep respect for their work and dedication but as I said before, I have an creative power to build my own envirement. Therefore I started to work on my own beliefs, well, I call them satanism as it has its roots in that philosphy but it means more to me... As Nietzche said, we have to destroy the old values to bring the new ones, to make space in ourselves to adapt the new virtues, virtues and values that are beilt on strong and unlimited WILL! Satanism might be destructive in the very beginning of its development in our spirit but than, when we remain strong and proudly go through all those changes we may become divine...Than the real meaning of satanism is revealed and it means creative, vital POWERS, something that have to make our life phenomenal, great and glorious. We are responsible for how do we feel, how do we act and live our lifes...itís only us who can make a decisions in life. Iím conscious of being acompanied by some unknown strong power that lives along with me, supports me and gives me needed strenght to live... but itís mainly us who have to decide what is gonna happen in our life, if we do really want become something more than avarage. We have to remember that in life the most important thing is to improve our individuality, than we can become something in our own eyes and gain respect...this is what satanism stands for in my opinion, but I have to pint out that itís based on my own experiences and these are not facts, these are MY beliefs which are my presumption...I donít wanna force my ideals upon anybody, you have your own right to follow your lifes the way you like, but itís important to have the priorites in life, to have something you can be proud of, something that will push you further, develope your body and soul...BECOME DIVINE INDIVIDUAL, these are my final words...
16.Yeah, thatís correct, this thing has changed with this album Ďcoz as you probably know all of our previous releases had different paintings and those were mostly drawings done by Mr. Darkarts from France. With this album we wanted to create something new and very special...look, itís the first time we use colours but they are not that bright, itís rather very calm, grim and mysterious so and so is the music. Yes, that right that new coverartwork is very symbolic but thesedays we are keen more on occult symbolism which has its source in the farest past of the earthís existence. The pentagram is taken from Necronomicon and it symbolises an individual forces of the most ancient ones...nothing more can be revealed here, sorry. The rest is just my interpretation of this symbol, itís my artistic vision and of course it strongly deals with my personal beliefs...
17.Iím fed up of this black metal thing which appears thesedays. You see, Iíve always claimed that BEHEMOTH is a strong individuality within the scene and each time I try to prove it with our music, live performences, acts, goals and everything else that counts...Just take a look on swedish metal bands for instance, they all look the same, and itís boring, itís dull and we are not gonna follow that way. Yes, we are metal band but it doesnít mean that we have to follow old stagnated metal rules...thesedays I wear a different uniform, more original for sure, MEFISTO wears a velvet old fashioned blause, we also try to go a bit further with the make-up thing, just not to be similar to everyone else. I believe that at least partly we managed to point out our individuality and far above avarage level, but itís just my opinion, and everyone has his own, so...But in conclusion I whish to say that we will try to push further in the future, we will experiment with our visual concept, thatís more than sure.
18.No, there is rather stagnation I would say, and it relates to worldís metal scene and not only Poland...well, about the inspiration. I draw it from everydayís life I could say, but it would be the easiest way...hm, of course music is the most affective way to create my artistic visions, but we could add to this list also literature, the natural surroundings, people we meet everyday, almost everything we have to face each day has more less influence on us...
19.At the moment Iím listening to the new ABSU mini
CD. which is absolutely fantastic I would say. Recently intensively Iíve
listened to the new GENITORTURES album, which brings some fresh breath within
the extreme metal music scene...the compilation album from OZZY OSBOURNE Ąthe
Ozzmeth comethĒ, KRISIUN ĄBlack force domainĒ has completely blew me away...new
MERCYFUL FATE album seems to be a great come back, the same goes to solo KING
DIAMOND ĄVoo dooĒ Lp. Iím. also into new IRON MAIDEN and BRUCE DICKINSON
albums, Lpís that prove that real metal wonít ever die...Iím. pretty
dissapointed becouse of the new RUNNING WILD and HELLOWEEN albums, which means
rather stagnation and lack of good and listenable ideas...TWO of Rob Halford,
is an excellent album, also new AETERNUS is and interesting one, but I prefere
the first full-lenght I would say.
Ah, from the things that impresses me quite strong recently is the german band from Koln called BARON, they are absolutely fantastic, itís the best german band from nowadays. They were an opening band on one of our shows from the last tour we did this year...hey, I encourage everybody to get their demo tape and there is a small apeal to the record companies, keep an eye on this band Ďcoz with the right promotion they can invade hell!!!
20.First off I want to develope all the time, there is no limit for me in gaining knowledge and experience. So, I always try to do as many creative things in life as itís possible...to develope means to improve your body and soul, Ďcoz both are responsible for your psychophisical comfort. Thatís what I want to reach in general, but of course there are some more materialistic goals as well, but all of them I could relate to what I said above.
21.Yeah, there some things in my dayly life that keep me far from the rutine of life...of course band is the highest priority and if everything goes fine with this Iím generally in good meed. Besides I study history at the Danzig University, at the moment Iím on the third year, and if I finnish it succesfully I would like to attand two year ĄJurnalism schoolĒ, but, time shall tell, you know plans might always change so...As I mentioned somewhere before I am also very active person, I care about my phisical conditions so I do train a lot as well...Iíve trained vietnam martial arts for four years now, apart from that I swim at the University section...there are some more things I like to do but they are too prosaic so I donít wanna bore you with that stuff...
22.Yes, the follower of ĄPANDEMONIC INCANTATIONSĒ is
under preparations and the work title for the fourth opus is ĄARS SATANICAĒ. At
the moment we are finnishing deal with AVANTGARDE MUSIC so itís gonna be the first
from two albums for this label. The music will be the result of what weíve
reached on ĄPANDEMONIC..Ē album and itíll be natural continuation so if you
like our new album youíre gonna love the next one, I am sure about it. First of
all weíll speed up a bit, thatís a fact, the album will most probably will be
much more intense so itíll be a bit shorter, in case the listener would get
My opinion is based on four songs weíve almost finnih but as you know, things change so within next months some things might change as well here, in the music, so...but, recently weíve finnished the visual promotion of the new album, in march weíve played two exclusive shows in Poland with LIMBONIC ART, later we did european tour with ANCIENT and recently we played on open air festival in Belgium called With dragonís blaze...we co-headlined the festival with BENEDICTION, and before us there was HAMMERFALL playing, as well as EDGE OF SANITY, AMON AMARTH, GEHENNAH and some less known...
In the end of september weíre gonna play a tour in Poland which will start at VOX MORTIIS fest. with DARK FUNERAL...than weíll concentrate on new material and in the beginning of 1999 weíll enter the studio to record a new opus, check this one out and have your eyes open!
23.My tatoos represnt myself, these are drawing of goats...one is taken from Gunther Theys and the other one was fomerly painted By E.Levi but later it was painted by H.R. Giger with his own interpretation...well, of course it has a deeper meaning for me, the tatoos stand for my life ideology...these are symbols which are very close to my code, simple, but true...
24.Iím just visiting my brother in Spain...I need some alienation so I need to get rid of all thoce things here in Poland, Iíll be back in two months, than I will see things in much different prisma...it can only heal my ego, I believe...
25.First of all I would like to express my high
appreciation to you, and Peter from ABLAZE for supporting us so strong, believe
me, the devil takes OUR side and we will win! Itís really great to be featured
in this magazine as it seems that ABLAZE remains as a monolith within extreme
music german underground, so there is small apeal to all the metal maniacs out
there...SUPPORT THIS MAG!
I would also like to say THANK YOU to all our fans and music lovers from Germania for showing their interest in our activity, for enjoying our music and visiting our shows during those three tours we did in the past. We deeply hope youíll come as well when we invade your country once again in the next year or occasional festivals...Now it seems like the flame burns higher for BEHEMOTH so I look very optimistic for the future...the new album apraches so keep your eyes and ears open wide, weíre gonna come back and conquer your hearts with even more extreme and proffessional record.Let INTELLIGENCE. PASSION.
TIMELESSNESS and UNSTOPABILTY be my final words...