I LOVED YOU AT YOUR DARKEST
Nuclear Blast Records
Release: October 5, 2018
“It doesn’t get more blasphemous than this.”
That’s Behemoth mastermind Nergal talking about the title of the band’s 11th and latest album, I ‘’Loved You At Your Darkest’’. While it certainly seems an unlikely title for a black metal band—especially one that called their last album ‘’The Satanist’’—its origin might surprise you even more than the words themselves. “It’s a verse from the Bible,” Nergal reveals. “It’s actually a quote from Jesus Christ himself. For Behemoth to use it as the basis of our record, it’s sacrilege to the extreme.”
Of course, Behemoth are no strangers to blasphemy. Over the course of the last 27 years, they’ve pushed the boundaries of black metal and heresy alike. While anti-Christian sentiment might seem
like stale bread where most metal bands are concerned, for Behemoth such ideas represent a very real threat to their physical freedom. Time and again, the government of their native Poland has
charged them with various “crimes” such as tearing up a bible onstage in 2007 and using the Polish coat of arms on a Behemoth t-shirt in 2017.
Wolves Ov Siberia
God = Dog
Ecclesia Diabolica Catholica
If Crucifixtion Was Not Enough
Rom 5 8
We Are The Next 1000 Years
“Obviously, stuff like that can piss you off. But I think it’s good to be pissed off,” Nergal says with a laugh. “Anger can be a massive driving force, especially when you make extreme music. But politically and socially, Poland is a very disparate country. You can never feel totally safe here. That makes it easier for me to get inspiration. If I lived in Holland or Australia, I don’t think I’d be doing what I do now. You can do or be anything you want there. I’m a huge fan of that kind of freedom, but I don’t really have it here. Struggling with that on a daily basis makes me who I am, and fuels my passion for this music.”
Nergal and his bandmates—Orion (bass) and Inferno (drums)—have channeled that passion into ‘’I Loved You At Your Darkest’’. A crushing salvo of black metal majesty replete with hellish riffs, thundering drum cannonades and soaring liturgical choirs reminiscent of classic horror cinema, the album is also bejeweled with nimble-fingered rock guitar solos on songs like “God=Dog”, “Ecclesia Diabolica Catholica” and “Sabbath Mater.” “I really wanted to redefine ourselves with this record”, Nergal explains. “‘’I Loved You At Your Darkest’’ is a more dynamic record. It’s extreme and radical on one hand, but it’s also more rock-oriented than any other Behemoth record.”
Lyrically, ‘’I Loved You At Your Darkest’’ revels in the kind of religious provocation that Behemoth do best. “It’s very religion-driven, maybe more than anything we’ve done before,” Nergal offers. “But it’s not just cheap goading. I believe this is some deeper metal language. It’s art. Although our origin is black metal, Behemoth is something bigger,” Nergal ventures. “We know our legacy - but, with this record, we look to advance to higher ground!”
For a long time, I wasn’t the biggest Behemoth fan. But now that I am a huge fan of death metal, I slowly step into the waters (swamps?) of black metal. ‘’I Loved You At Your Darkest’’ is a super extreme record, but I didn’t expect anything less from Behemoth. I found this album easy to get into as a black metal noob, to my surprise. The album is way more melodic than I expected, and the children's choir made it even more epic.
I am heavily impressed by Behemoth, ‘’I Loved You At Your Darkest’’ is definitely floating in my top 10 favourite albums of 2018, but where exactly? I don’t know yet, we will find that out in December. For now, I will sit back with my hot cup of tea and listen some more to this brutal record. I rate ‘’I Loved You At Your Darkest’’ by Behemoth an eight out of ten!
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Nergal - Vocals and Guitars
Orion - Bass and Vocals
Inferno - Drums