If you thought Behemoth mainman Adam Nergal Darski was preoccupied with his blues-rock all-star-packed project Me and That Man, not a chance. Today (May 14th), the Polish blackened death-metal crew have announced an upcoming EP, titled A Forest, and released its title cut, a seething, intense rendition of the Cure’s 1980 goth classic assisted by Shining’s Niklas Kvarforth. Kvarforth also appears in the dark, eerie, occult-ish music video. Watch and listen below.
For the Poland-based satanists, it’s their first new music since 2018’s I Loved You at Your Darkest. The four-track EP is due May 29th and is available for pre-order now. Check out the track list and cover art below.
“Covering music outside of metal is a challenge,” Nergal explains. “Covering legendary music is an even greater challenge … that is what drove us throughout this process. A lot of bands try it and a lot of bands fail. Subjectively, I love the outcome and it ranks amongst my favorite Behemoth covers alongside Killing Joke’s ‘Total Invasion’ and Siekiera’s ‘Ludzie Wschodu.'”
He continues, “For the second time in 2020, I’ve recruited Niklas Kvarforth from Shining [the other time was earlier with Me and That Man]. Niklas’ psychotic appearance, attitude and vibe was a key element to our representation of the music and the only man who could give the performance the same depth as the original.
“On top of this, the A Forest EP contains two brand-new Behemoth songs, ‘Shadows Ov Ea Cast Upon Golgotha’ and ‘Evoe.’ The tracks act as a continuation on from ILYAYD — no more, no less. We hope this brings some respite for anyone struggling during these strange times on our planet! Stay safe, stay positive, Hail Satan!”
A Forest track listing:
1. A Forest (feat. Niklas Kvarforth)
2. A Forest (Live from Merry Christless, Warsaw, Poland, December 2018) [feat. Niklas Kvarforth]
3. Shadows ov Ea Cast Upon Golgotha