Behemoth have released the second single from their highly anticipated new album, I Loved You at Your Darkest. This track is called Wolves ov Siberia. The new album is set for release on the 5th of October via Nuclear Blast.
I Loved You at Your Darkest will be the black metal icons 11th studio album and follows 2014’s The Satanist. More recently, this year they did release a live album called Messe Noire. You can read our thoughts on that here. It is safe to say that Behemoth have lost none of the fire and fury of their controversial past in the build up to the release of I Loved you at Your Darkest. Images of frontman Nergal being crucified alongside encouraging fans to recite satanic verses in exchange for music clips are just some of the marketing tactics used.
Behemoth are Adam Darski (Nergal) on lead vocals and guitars. Nergal is the only original member in the band since their formation in 1991. On drums, since the late 90’s, is Zbigniew Promiñski (Inferno) and from the early 2000’s, on guitars we have Patryk Sztyber (Seth). Finally, also joining the band in the early 2000’s on the bass is Tomasz Wróblewski (Orion).
The first single released from I Loved You at Your Darkest is called God=Dog and it is a cracking song. You can read our thoughts on it here. On to Wolves ov Siberia though and let’s see if it can hit the high bar set by the first release. Wolves of Siberia is a short track, at 2 minutes and 54 seconds, but manages to squeeze a lot into that time. It is a heavy song, jam packed full of fire and brimstone. The intro has little time for fluff so a few meaty pounds on the drums sees distorted guitars and deathly, ripping vocals jump straight in.
As you would expect from Behemoth, the drums are pounded furiously and have a great, thick sound to them. The riff is pretty decent with a thick bass line and the vocals are delivered slowly but are dripping with menace. It creates a thick wall of horror, the sinister vocals with heavy backing, that envelopes the listener. The song stays consistent, save for the odd switch in guitar tone throughout, delivering vocals in an almost hypnotic, chant style until near the end. That sees the vocals switch away for the drums and riff to continue with a repetitive hook. That worms it’s way into your mind, building until we get a final 30 second blast of fury. Vocals come in, darker than before and the tone and tempo jumps a notch for a memorable finish.
Wolves ov Siberia is another really strong song. It is very heavy, with intense drums and powerful riffs all fuelled by vicious vocals. I guess you could argue that is just another good Behemoth song. Very typical and nothing fresh or new but that would be complaining because a band are still doing what they do, but well. I Loved You at Your Darkest looks set to be a powerful continuation of form for the black metal legends.
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Wolves ov Siberia is available now on all the usual streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify. You can preorder a copy of I Loved You at Your Darkest from Nuclear Blast here. As well as new music, Behemoth have announced a huge worldwide tour taking in North America at the end of 2018 and then hitting the UK and Europe in early 2019. With support from At The Gates and Wolves in the Throne Room, it could be the heaviest show you will get to that year. You can grab tickets for those shows from here. Keep up to date with more from Behemoth at their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Wolves ov Siberia by Behemoth (I Loved You at Your Darkest)
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