Today, May 29th, Polish blackened death metal crew Behemoth have not just released their new four-song EP A Forest, but also one of its blazing new songs “Evoe.” Listen to the three-minute brutal onslaught below.
Frontman Nergal says, “‘Evoe’ and ‘Shadows Ov Ea Cast Upon Golgotha’ are two brand-new, unheard songs that continue on from ‘ILYAYD’ left off. We’re fortunate enough to have had more than enough music for the record which afforded us this transitional EP release as we move towards our new offerings. These songs may be b-sides, but they’re really strong and fresh! At the very least, we hope it gives you Legions something to distract yourself from the monotony of our collective situation. Enjoy!”
As their first new music since 2018’s I Loved You at Your Darkest, indeed these songs are transitional, strong and fresh. Prior to this drop of “Evoe,” Behemoth released the EP’s title cut — a seething, intense rendition of the Cure’s 1980 goth classic assisted by Shining’s Niklas Kvarforth. In addition to the previously released creepy music video, a live version — “A Forest (Live from Merry Christless, Warsaw, Poland, December 2018)” — also hit the internet today. Check it out below.
Nergal commented on covering the Cure classic saying, “Covering music outside of metal is a challenge. 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 continued, “For the second time in 2020, I’ve recruited Niklas Kvarforth from Shining [the other time was earlier with his blues-rock project 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.
You can pick up A Forest now here.