Extreme metal legends, Behemoth, have announced their 12th studio album, Opvs Contra Natvram, their most thought-provoking and arresting collection to date, is set for release on September 16th, via Nuclear Blast.

The album’s first single, “Ov My Herculean Exile,” arrives today, alongside a cinematic official video, directed by Zuzanna Plisz.

The 10 chapters of fury that makeup Opvs Contra Natvram were written and recorded over the course of a very strange year for the globe – a situation which only heightened the level of craft seen in these 43 minutes and 15 seconds of searing wrath. As with previous studio outings, the album was produced by Behemoth, with mixing by Joe Barresi (Nine Inch Nails, Tool, QOTSA, Alice in Chains).

Discussing the album, frontman Nergal states:

“The album title means going against the current. It’s the negative of the values and morals and ethics that I stand against. I’ve seriously been wrestling with destructive tendencies in pop culture – cancel culture, social media, and tools which I feel are very dangerous weapons in the hands of people who are not competent to judge others. That’s something which I find very destructive and disturbing – and extremely limiting coming from an artists’ perspective. This is my middle finger to that. There’s a song on the record called ‘Neo-Spartacvs’. Spartacus was one of the most iconic rebels in history who went against the most powerful empire of all time. In the end, it’s me screaming, ‘I Am Spartacus, and so are you!’ I want to spark that flame of rebellion. If something seems wrong then stand up to it!”

Opvs Contra Natvram Track Listing:

1. Post-God Nirvana
2. Malaria Vvlgata
3. The Deathless Sun
4. Ov My Herculean Exile
5. Neo-spartacvs
6. Disinheritance
7. Off To War!
8. Once Upon A Pale Horse
9. Thy Becoming Eternal
10. Versvs Christvs

Behemoth’s North American Siege tour, with touring mates Arch Enemy, Carcass, and Unto Others is currently thundering across the USA. The European leg rolls into Dublin, Ireland on September 27th and culminates at Oslo, Norway’s Sentrum Scene on November 6th. Prior to that, the band will bring their spectacular live show to a number of Summer festivals, including a Friday night headline slot at Bloodstock in the UK.

Festival Dates:

06.24 – Hockenheim – Hockenheimring – Download Germany
07.22 – Plovdiv – Hills Of Rock
08.07 – Rasnov – Rockstadt Extreme Fest
08.12 – Walton on Trent – Bloodstock Open Air
08.13 – Kortrijk – Alcatraz
08.21 – Saint Nolff – Motorcultor

The European Siege Tour (w/ Arch Enemy, Carcass, Unto Others):

09.27 – Dublin – 3 Olympia Theatre
09.29 – Glasgow – O2 Academy
09.30 – Manchester – O2 Apollo
10.01 – Birmingham – O2 Academy
10.02 – London – O2 Academy Brixton
10.04 – Paris – Zenith
10.05 – Ramonville-St-Agne, Le Bikini
10.07 – Lisboa – Coliseu dos Recreios
10.08 – Madrid – Palacio Vistalegre
10.09 – Barcelona – Palau Sant Jordi
10.11 – Caluire-Et-Cuire – Radiant-Bellevue
10.12 – Milan – Alcatraz
10.14 – Berlin – Columbiahalle
10.15 – Prague – Tipsport Arena
10.16 – Budapest – Barba Negra
10.18 – Wien – Gasometer
10.19 – Katowice – Spodek
10.21 – Ludwigsburg – MHP Arena
10.22 – Den Bosch – Mainstage Brabanthallen
10.25 – Zürich – Samsung Hall
10.26 – Frankfurt am Main – Jahrhunderthalle
10.28 – Munich – Zenith
10.29 – Düsseldorf – Mitsubishi Electric Halle
10.30 – Hamburg – edel-optics.de Arena
10.31 – Partille – Partille Arena
11.02 – Helsinki – Helsinki Ice Hall
11.04 – Stockholm – Annexet
11.05 – Frederiksberg – Forum Black Box
11.06 – Oslo – Sentrum Scene


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