‘A Forest’ Review: Behemoth’s EP is a pounding quartet of songs infused with ominous darkness and sonic dread

The deified and controversial Polish dying/excessive steel mammoths, Behemoth, are again with an eerie and cinematic EP titled ‘A Forest’. The brand new EP incorporates 4 tracks and additionally options a visitor look by one of Behemoth’s earlier collaborators, Niklas Kvarforth, from black steel band Shining.

Following up on the band’s full size 2018 album ‘I Liked You At Your Darkest’ and 2019’s ‘O Pentagram Ignis’ EP, this new providing sees Behemoth discover a fashionable but traditional dying steel sound. ‘A Forest’ options two cowl variations of a goth masterpiece, plus two unique tracks that time new instructions for Behemoth’s guitarist/vocalist Nergal, bassist Orion and drummer Inferno.

Art work for ‘A Forest’ EP (courtesy of artiste)

The EP opens with the title observe ‘A Forest’ and options vocalist Niklas Kvarforth of Shining. For the uninitiated, Norweigian outfit Shining mix noise, jazz, and heavy steel in a unusual brew that is each charming and morbidly unsettling. This brooding steel cowl of the legendary goth-rock band The Treatment is intense, visceral, and packs a strong punch, additional amping up the darkness current on the unique traditional.

Niklas and Nergal return and forth with their throaty, growling rasps in a rendition that reminds one of Attila Csihar on Mayhem’s ‘De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas’. Nergal was fairly completely happy to incorporate Kvarforth within the venture, saying, “For the second time in 2020, I’ve recruited Niklas Kvarforth from Shining. Niklas’ psychotic look, angle, and vibe was a key component to our illustration of the music and the one man who might give the efficiency the identical depth as the unique.”


This chilling studio model of ‘A Forest’ is adopted by a stay model of the identical tune on the Merry Christless Warsaw present in 2018. The stay model has Kvarforth in full circulation and packs in all of the adrenaline of a stay efficiency. The vocalists can be heard egging the gang on and it makes for excellent listening to. Talking about their determination to cowl ‘A Forest’ by The Treatment, Nergal revealed, “Protecting music outdoors of steel is a problem. Protecting legendary music is a fair higher problem… That is what drove us all through this course of. So much of bands strive it and a lot of bands fail. Subjectively, I really like the result and it ranks amongst my favourite Behemoth covers alongside Killing Joke’s ‘Whole Invasion’ and Siekiera’s ‘Ludzie Wschodu’.” 

Up subsequent is ‘Shadows Ov Ea Forged Upon Golgotha’, with the title a nod to the crucifixion web site of Jesus Christ. Pulsing bass, galloping drums, and a very punk steel vibe will instantly seize the listener’s ears. In Nergal’s phrases, this observe and ‘Evoe’ are a continuation from their earlier album ‘I Liked You At Your Darkest’. The closing tune ‘Evoe’ opens with traditional Behemoth pace motifs and is a heady concoction of punishing technical finesse and unearthly doom. Followers of the Polish giants can be fast to note that this is an providing that is barely totally different from Behemoth’s previous efforts, so it is good to listen to a contemporary sonic take from the band.

Behemoth (courtesy of Grzegorz Gołębiowski)

As a band, this EP is a minor milestone for Behemoth. They not solely ship some bespoke takes on a traditional gothic rock tune, but in addition give followers a glimpse into what’s brewing with the following full-length album, if these closing two tracks are something to go by. ‘A Forest’ is definitely a Behemoth collectible and can be cherished amongst excessive dying steel followers. In Nergal’s personal phrases, “We hope this brings some respite for anybody struggling throughout these unusual occasions on our planet! Keep secure, keep optimistic, Hail Devil!”

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