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  INTERVIEW WITH ORION FROM BEHEMOTH

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It's been a week since the release of Behemoth's phenomenal tenth studio album 'The Satanist' (Nuclear Blast). Some hours before the band's London gig on their current European tour, I sat down with Orion to find out how the tour has kicked off, plans around the new album and what the future might hold for the mighty Behemoth.

METALTALK: You've done three nights on this European tour so far. How's it all going?

ORION: So far so good, it's actually never been this smooth at the start of a tour. We had a long break from playing and we get to play six or seven songs from the new album we've never played before live so we still need some time to get into it but it's going really well.

METALTALK: You're co-headlining this tour with Cradle of Filth. Do you have the same set list every night or do you keep changing it?

ORION: We've changed half of it compared to the last set list that we had a few months ago. We're altering one song every night and it doesn't really matter whether we're closing the show or not because we and Cradle of Filth have equal time on stage every night.

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METALTALK: What about the other bands on this tour, did you have a say in who were going to be on the bill?

ORION: Oh yeah, we wanted to play with In Solitude again. The guys are good friends and the last album is great, I love it. I'm happy to play with Inquisition again as well but they aren't going to make it for this show tonight because of some border bullshit. (NB. Inquisition actually did make it to the venue just in time for their set.)

METALTALK: Your new album 'The Satanist' only came out last week and the reviews have been impressive. What's the reaction been like in Poland? (NB. Since this interview took place, Behemoth reached the number one spot in Poland.)

ORION: To be honest, the Polish reaction doesn't really differ from what we get from all around the world, they've just been enthusiastic everywhere and it has never been this good before. So this hype, this 'thing' that's happening everywhere is huge and we're trying to keep up with it but it's just becoming impossible. There's so many good things happening at the same time which is great for us and we're losing track of it all (laughs) but it's been really great. We feel that all the effort and all the work we've done for this was worth it.

METALTALK: The album was supposed to come out in the middle of last year. Why the delay?

ORION: That's actually a long story. We had a street-date set up for September and then we started mixing the album. You know, in case of such a production there are a lot of things that need to be right on schedule all the time. So, we started mixing it with Colin Richardson who mixed our previous album 'Evangelion' and after five weeks he just quit. He said that he was not going to do it the way we wanted to. We're very hard to work with and we're aware of this fact. If I was the person in the other end, I wouldn't really like to work with us. We're a real pain in the ass sometimes.

But the guy didn't want to do it anymore so we had to find someone else to mix the album and it's not a decision that takes five minutes. We had to go through lots of conversations, emails and phone calls and we picked a few guys that we wanted to work with. We finally ended up with Matt Hyde and the first mix that we had from wasn't really what we wanted so we just made a few comments on his work and the second time we got something from him it was just amazing, so we were like 'fuck, that's how it's going to happen'.

But it took another month and a half to get to this point of getting the album mixed and it meant a chain reaction so we had to postpone everything three months ahead. But thanks to this we've had this whole time to get the video for the first single off 'The Satanist' done on time which worked very well for us.

METALTALK: What was it like when Nergal first started bringing the new material to the rest of the band – what was the reaction like? Did you have a feeling already then that it was going to be something a bit different?

ORION: The way we work is to start with riffs and parts of the songs, working on them as a band. We lock ourselves away for, like, three months and just work on the songs. They were very different to what we were doing before but they didn't make us think differently about the music that we wanted to get to with the new stuff and I think we started arranging in a very different way as well.

You know, there was also the matter of this long break of five years since the last album and then Nergal got hospitalised and then I and Inferno went through huge changes in our private lives also. It was a hard time but we've learnt a lot. There's been a lot of changes this time and the approach to composing music was something completely new also.

When Nergal was bringing in the riffs and parts of the songs we were not surprised at all. For the first time ever we didn't need to struggle or compete with anyone or any other band and I think we started to listen to each other better and the music we were making was just what we wanted to hear.

METALTALK: There was such a long break (five years) between the two albums. Were you nervous at all about what the public reaction would be like?

ORION: I remember being nervous but not at this time. We were certainly nervous about the future when we released 'Evangelion' because we started touring and we tried to talk about some new things that we should do in the future. Back then we had no idea, we were like 'what the fuck are we supposed to do now, is there anything we can do better?'. It was just a wrong way of thinking that we had.

And then when we came to this point of making 'The Satanist' we just got rid of such thoughts. We just met in the rehearsal place and started to talk about it. So at this point in time there was no nervousness whatsoever at all.



METALTALK: Is there going to be any more videos off the new album?

ORION: Yeah. It's gonna be either one or two more.

METALTALK: Can you tell us what they will be?

ORION: Well... I'm not supposed to but there will probably be a video for the title track 'The Satanist' and maybe there'll be one more but I'm not saying which one. But it's obvious, come on (laughs).

METALTALK: I can guess! I've read in some other interview it being said that you're all very different kind of characters. What do each of you bring to the band?

ORION: That's a good question. Well, Nergal is the one with the ideas and the vision. I'm the one, I think, who is very down to earth and the person who tries to make this vision a reality somehow; from written down notes to technical stuff and ways to arrange them in real life, which is very different from the vision. And Inferno is a... well... he's a very special person (laughs). Let's say it's enough that he's bringing his drumming to the band and that's already quite something.

METALTALK: What's the situation with Seth – he's still not a full member of Behemoth?

ORION: No, and is probably not going to be. It's Nergal's idea for the band that it's a three piece. Unless I quit (laughs). Anyway, he's been with the band for ten years and I don't think it's going to change anytime soon. He's part of the family, he's been a part of what we're doing since forever and he's involved in the entire process of making music and touring. But still there is some band stuff that is only happening with the three of us.

METALTALK: Behemoth has now been going for around 20 years. What would be the pinnacle of success for you? Do you want the band to get any bigger than you already are?

ORION: We're not trying to do that really but there are things happening at the moment which are new for us and we really appreciate it and are happy with it. Thinking about the next big step we will make, that's in this moment when this entire cycle starts with the release of the album and then this tour and just try to get as much momentum as possible, but to measure success... I think we are very successful people. We are doing what we love to do, that in life is success. If I was measuring it with the number of album sales or whatever I could get that information but it's just not the way I think about success.

METALTALK: You're going to be heading to the US and Canada after this European tour. Will you be back to do the festival circuit in Europe in the summer?

ORION: Yes. The plan is to do this European tour, then the US and Canada tour in April and then three weeks in Russia. We'll go all the way to Vladivostok which, from our point of view, we consider to be like the end of the world! Right after that it's the summer festival season. We're gonna do 23, 25 festivals, big ones also. Finally Wacken as well, after 12 years. Right after that we are going to have a break in September, then we're doing Poland and South America, South Africa... Touring has only just started and we're probably going stay on tour for another two years.

METALTALK: What about you personally, are you doing anything with your other two old bands anymore, Vesania and Black River?

ORION: Black River is long-time dead... The vocalist was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, he's fine now but he has said that he is never going to come back to singing, so we just shut down the band completely. My other child, shall we say, Vesania, is awakening - we are mixing a new album in two months and plan to go on a European tour in September.

METALTALK: Any final words of wisdom that you wish to share with MetalTalk?

ORION: (Laughs) I'm just happy with what's going on. When I think about what is coming our way now, it's only health that can stop us but I don't see any other things doing that. We are ready to be a part of what's happening now.

And so, MetalTalk wish Behemoth well for their journey with 'The Satanist'. Having come through some very tough times indeed, one can sense a hunger for making up for lost time. Clearly on the cusp of reaching new heights of success, personal and otherwise, 'The Satanist' is the culmination of what Behemoth were always meant to become - invincible.

'The Satanist' is out now on Nuclear Blast Europe, Metal Blade US.

Online:
http://behemoth.pl/
https://www.facebook.com/behemoth?fref=ts


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The hard-touring band hit the road for more dates in September and October in support of debut album 'Renegade'...

breakout BREAKOUT FESTIVAL 2014 ANNOUNCED
Brighton's first outdoor rock & Metal festival lands on September 27th...

the stanfields THE STANFIELDS RETURN TO THE UK THIS JULY FOR A STRING OF LIVE DATES
"We want people to leave our shows with a smile on their face and a ringing in their ears..."

bigelf BIGELF RELEASE VIDEO FOR 'CONTROL FREAK' FROM 'INTO THE MAELSTROM' ALBUM
The band also recently announced a run of European tour dates for later this year...

ben matthews BREAKING NEWS: THUNDER GUITARIST BEN MATTHEWS NEEDS TREATMENT FOR CANCER
Whilst the treatment is not pleasant, we're told the percentage chances of a happy outcome are "in the high 90s"...

legends of rock CLASSIC ROCK TOURS PRESENTS "LEGENDS OF ROCK - THE ORIGINALS" FESTIVAL 16TH - 19TH OCTOBER 2014
Black Star Riders lead the magnificent line up for this essential weekender...

reckless love RECKLESS LOVE ANNOUNCE HEADLINE DECEMBER UK TOUR
"Seven (magnificent) dates that will see us pushing everything that bit further... harder, faster, louder, bigger and higher...kicks! Ha! Ha!..."

dark tranquility DARK TRANQUILLITY ANNOUNCE "UNIFORMITY" EUROPEAN TOUR
No rest for the wicked as the Swedes start their trek in November...

goatwhore GOATWHORE CONFIRMED AS MAIN SUPPORT ON DYING FETUS EUROPEAN TOUR IN NOVEMBER/DECEMBER
A full European tour follows the release of the new album 'Constricting Rage Of The Merciless'...

hairy balls presentation 'HAIRY BALLS CHALLENGE' RAISES OVER £5,000 FOR TEENAGE CANCER TRUST
Les-Fest organiser and Achren manager Fede Valls has proudly presented the cheque to Headbangers Balls fundraiser Matt Steed...

ensiferum ENSIFERUM ARE SCHEDULED TO RECORD SIXTH STUDIO ALBUM THIS AUTUMN
The band will get straight back into the studio immediately after the festival season ends...

marc ford EX BLACK CROWES MEMBER MARC FORD TO PLAY INTIMATE ACOUSTIC GIG AT THE BORDERLINE- JULY 22ND
'Holy Ghost' reveals Ford's gift for Americana which will be showcased at this special appearance...

motorhead aftershock MOTÖRHEAD UNVEIL "LOST WOMAN BLUES LIVE FROM SAN FRANCISCO" VIDEO FROM 'AFTERSHOCK - TOUR EDITION'
Swagger, verve, grit and polish. "We are Motörhead and we play rock and roll..."

suicide silence SUICIDE SILENCE STREAM THE BAND'S NEW ALBUM 'YOU CAN'T STOP ME' IN FULL ON YOUTUBE
The album marks the debut of new vocalist Eddie Hermida and includes some special guest appearances...

Nightwish TOUCHSTONE RELEASE THEIR FIRST EVER 3DISC DVD WITH LIMITED EDITION SIGNED 'OCEANS' EP
The DVD features previously unreleased footage of Touchstone's full set from 2010's High Voltage Festival, and a behind the scenes documentary...

Nightwish NIGHTWISH REVEAL 'MAKING OF' CLIP FOR THEIR FORTHCOMING ALBUM
The yet to be titled album is starting to take shape and the band discuss all aspects in this new video...

decapitated DECAPITATED REVEAL ALBUM TITLE AND COVER ARTWORK
'Blood Mantra' will be released in September and features artwork by Lukasz Jaszak...

deep purple DEEP PURPLE RELEASE THE PREVIOUSLY UNAVAILABLE LIVE PERFORMANCE 'GRAZ 1975'
The historic find contains over 70 minutes of previously unreleased material...

blues pills BLUES PILLS VOCALIST ELIN LARSSON DISCUSSES THE TRACKS OFF THE BAND'S NEW SELF-TITLED ALBUM
The first album from the colourful retro-rockers is released on 28th July...

linkin park LINKIN PARK ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR FOR NOVEMBER 2014
Fresh from summer festival appearances and the release of 'The Hunting Party' Linkin Park play fifteen dates in Europe...

joe bonamassa JOE BONAMASSA ANNOUNCES 4 NIGHTS AT LONDON'S HAMMERSMITH APOLLO
The shows will feature songs from new album 'Different Shades Of Blue', played live for the very first time in the UK, and a never-before-seen line-up of musicians...

demonic resurrection ONSLAUGHT ANNOUNCE DEMONIC RESURRECTION WILL REPLACE HATRIOT ON UK 'THRASH INVASION' TOUR
India's Demonic Resurrection will join Nightlord and main support Artillery following acclaimed appearances at Les-Fest 3 and Sonisphere...

judas priest JUDAS PRIEST 'REDEEMER OF SOULS' ALBUM LAUNCH PARTIES ANNOUNCED
A chance to hear new tracks from the album ahead of its release on Monday July 14th, plus these exclusive parties will also feature exclusive merchandise giveaways...

acrassicauda ACRASSICAUDA LAUNCH KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN FOR THEIR FIRST OFFICIAL ALBUM
The latest chapter for the Iraq Metal pioneers continues their astonishing story...

black sabbath TONY IOMMI CONFIRMS MetalTalk REPORT THAT HYDE PARK WAS NOT THE LAST EVER BLACK SABBATH GIG
Tony released a video just before Friday's gig thanking fans for their support and he ends it by saying: "See you on the next tour"...

godsmack MULTI-PLATINUM US ROCKERS GODSMACK ANNOUNCE NEW STUDIO ALBUM "1000HP"
The band move into the fast lane for sixth studio album, '1000hp', set for international release via Spinefarm Records on September 1st 2014...

karmaflow 'KARMAFLOW: THE ROCK OPERA VIDEOGAME' IS UNVEILED WITH AN ALL-STAR CAST
This multidisciplinary art project is a must for lovers of gaming and Metal...

hellyeah HELLYEAH TAKES BLOOD FOR BLOOD TO THE TOP OF THE HARD ROCK CHARTS IN NORTH AMERICA
The band will tour Europe in July and August 2014 with six dates in the UK...

steve hackett STEVE HACKETT ANNOUNCES DVD 'GENESIS REVISITED: LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL', WORLD TOUR PLUS EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW
Re-live a seminal chapter of prog rock history live on stage. "It's a feast for eyes, ears and all the senses..."

cannibal corpse CANNIBAL CORPSE TO RELEASE 'A SKELETAL DOMAIN'
The 13th full-length album from the American Death Metal icons is released in September. The extensive tour reaches the UK in October...

electric wizard ELECTRIC WIZARD UNVEIL 'TIME TO DIE' AS TITLE OF FORTHCOMING STUDIO ALBUM
"We had to kill the band so we could be reborn. It was the only way to ensure we could come back even stronger"...

motorhead aftershock MOTÖRHEAD POSTPONE RELEASE OF 'AFTERSHOCK - TOUR EDITION' NOW 4th AUGUST
A production error has put back the release for a month, but it will be worth waiting for...

suicide silence tour SUICIDE SILENCE ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER 2014 UK TOUR
An unmissable opportunity to see the titans of modern Metal. "Come throw your horns up, bang your heads, or mosh your knickers off!! "...

hordes of belial LIPID AND BURNING THE DREAM ADDED TO HORDES OF BELIAL V BILL
The yearly Dundee Metal event continues to strengthen the line up...

snakecharmer SNAKECHARMER ANNOUNCE THREE UK DATES
Six of the UK's most highly-esteemed and experienced rock musicians have joined forces to create Snakecharmer...

manowar MANOWAR ANNOUNCE NEW U.S. TOUR DATES FOR NOVEMBER 2014
Manowarriors have demanded more and further dates have been added. "We can't wait to be back and play for more of our U.S. fans!"...

tygertailz TIGERTAILZ RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR 'PUNCHED IN THE GUTZ'
The 'Knives' EP is out now and there is an upcoming release of unheard demos for September...

progstravaganza PROG SPHERE INVITES BANDS TO SEND SUBMISSIONS FOR 20TH EDITION OF PROGSTRAVAGANZA COMPILATION SERIES
The call goes out for bands around the world to submit songs for the jubilee edition of the sampler album ...

accept ACCEPT PREMIERE BREATHTAKING VIDEO FOR NEW TRACK 'STAMPEDE'
The stunning locations perfectly showcase the track which is from the band's album 'Blind Rage' out August 18th ..

mr big MR BIG ANNOUNCE ONLY BRITISH ISLES SHOW OF 2014
LA Rockers Mr Big have announced a one off show at London's Koko on Friday 17th October 2014 - their only show on these shores this year...

spike frankie miller SPIKE ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF '100% PURE FRANKIE MILLER' FEATURING RONNIE WOOD, ANDY FRASER, SIMON KIRKE, IAN HUNTER AND MORE
Call it a labour of love. A life's ambition. Or the chance to keep a precious legacy alive. Call it 100% Pure Frankie Miller....

kobra and the lotus KOBRA AND THE LOTUS RELEASE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR BRAND NEW SINGLE 'SOLDIER'
Explosive hard rockers Kobra And The Lotus have revealed a warsome (get it?!) official video for 'Soldier'...

massive wagons MASSIVE WAGONS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND UK TOUR
Two years and it's finally here, the brand new album - 'Fight The System'...

temperance movement THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
The headlining dates will take place in November 2014...

overkill OVERKILL REVEAL NEW TRACK 'ARMORIST' ONLINE
"Our confidence is high for this shoot. From the director's eye to yours/ours, should be a killer!"...

avenged sevenfold AVENGED SEVENFOLD ANNOUNCE 'WAKING THE FALLEN: RESURRECTED' - OUT AUGUST 25TH
The restored breakthrough album includes a DVD & never before heard tracks, demos, and more...

dragonforce DRAGONFORCE ANNOUNCE LONDON SHOW WITH EPICA
Grab your tickets quickly as demand for this double bill will be high...

devildriver DEVILDRIVER PREMIERE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'GUTTED'
Check out the band's latest offering from sixth studio album 'Winter Kills'...

down n outz DOWN 'N' OUTZ ANNOUNCE UK & EIRE TOUR DATES
"It's like Joe and the boys have taken some vintage films and slapped them onto a big, bright Technicolor screen. A great, in-your-face new way to experience some of Mott's finest songs!"...

nuclear assault NUCLEAR ASSAULT TO RELEASE 'LIVE AT CBGB'S'
There will be a limited release of 500 picture discs capturing the old school thrashers back in 1986...

seether SEETHER REVEAL NEW TRACK, 'SUFFER IT ALL' AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD WITH 'ISOLATE AND MEDICATE' PRE-ORDER
The band have also announced UK Headline Shows for November...

gravedigger GRAVE DIGGER PREMIERE 'HELL FUNERAL' VIDEO
The track is from 'Return Of The Reaper', out July 14th...

voodoo six VOODOO SIX SET TO GUEST WITH THE WINERY DOGS ON TWO UK DATES IN JULY
These performances follow their Sonisphere appearance on Saturday July 5th...

orphaned land METAL MUSIC IS BIGGER THAN WHAT POLITICS CAN OFFER: ORPHANED LAND BRING ISRAEL AND PALESTINE TOGETHER
"We are the ambassadors of peace, more than our foreign ministry, or prime minister, or authors..."

madball MADBALL REVEAL OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR 'BORN STRONG' FEATURING CANDACE PUOPOLO FROM WALLS OF JERICHO
The track is taken from the album 'Hardcore Lives', released June 30th...

metallica METALLICA RELEASE NEW SONG
'Lords of Summer - First Pass Version' gets official release after being premiered on the first night of the current tour...

ted nugent kamp "TED NUGENT KAMP FOR KIDS" CELEBRATES 25TH ANNUAL SUMMER "KAMP"
When he's not being a guitar icon, Ted Nugent is on a mission to improve young lives. New album 'Shutup&Jam!' is out July 8...

massive wagons MASSIVE WAGONS RELEASE SINGLE AND NEW VIDEO 'RED DRESS'
The video incudes circus performances from the girls at Monster Cirque in the first release from the album 'Fight The System'...

black state highway THE DEBUT ALBUM FROM BLACK STATE HIGHWAY IS OUT ON 18TH AUGUST
The highly anticipated release is packed full of heavy riff-based rock...

helmet HELMET ANNOUNCE 'BETTY' 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR OF EUROPE FOR AUTUMN 2014
UK dates in Glasgow, Manchester, London now added due to popular demand ...

wacken LIVE AT WACKEN 2013 TO BE RELEASED AS DVD/ BluRay / 2 CD
Experience the world's biggest Metal Festival at home and be in with a chance to win a Lifetime Membership...

uncle rust UNCLE RUST ANNOUNCE AUGUST UK TOUR
The recently formed London based rock/Metal band will undertake a set of UK dates in August 2014...

blitzkreig BLITZKRIEG ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR FOR SEPTEMBER 2014
The band will visit five countries on their only tour this year...

sonisphere LATE NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT AT SONISPHERE ANNOUNCED
Only two weeks away - get ready to continue the party after the headliners leave the stage...

finntroll FINNTROLL REVEAL LIVE FOOTAGE OF SEMINAL TRACK 'TROLLHAMMAREN', FILMED AT THEIR LIVE ALBUM RECORDING SHOW IN AMSTERDAM
"Lock up your daughters, kegs of rum and men of God, for The Trolls from Up North are coming for you...live!..."

dragonforce DRAGONFORCE REVEAL NEW VIDEO 'THE GAME' (FEAT. MATT HEAFY OF TRIVIUM)
The track is taken from the album 'Maximum Overload', which will be released in August...

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