If you thought Behemoth bandleader Adam Nergal Darski was preoccupied with his all-star blues-rock project Me and That Man, think again. Nergal's main band is back — but with a twist. The Polish satanists have announced an imminent new EP, titled A Forest, and unleashed its title cut, a seething, snarling rendition of the Cure's 1980 goth classic assisted by Shining's Niklas Kvarforth. Kvarforth also appears in the cover's dark, occult-inflected music video. Watch and listen above, and check out A Forest's cover art and track listing below. The four-track EP — the group's first new music since 2018's I Loved You at Your Darkest — is due May 29th and is available for pre-order now.
"Covering music outside of metal is a challenge," Nergal commented. "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.'
"For the second time in 2020, I've recruited Niklas Kvarforth from Shining. 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