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Black Swan SoundtrackImport
Including 4 Page Insert With Photos, Track Listing And Credits
Black Swan is a 2010 American psychological thriller film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis and Winona Ryder. The plot revolves around a production of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake ballet by a prestigious New York City company. Usually described as a psychological thriller, Black Swan can be also interpreted as a metaphor for achieving artistic perfection, with all the psychological and physical challenges one might encounter.
The original score for the film was composed by Clint Mansell, an English musician, composer, and former lead singer of the band Pop Will Eat Itself. Mansell was introduced to film scoring when director Darren Aronofsky hired him to score his debut film, Pi. Ever since Mansell wrote the score for many of Aronofsky's films. Notable film scores include Pi, The Fountain, Moon, Smokin' Aces, Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler, Doom, Black Swan, and High-Rise.1. Nina's Dream
2. Mother Me
3. The New Season
4. A Room Of Her Own
5. A New Swan Queen
6. Lose Yourself
7. Cruel Mistress
8. Power, Seduction, Cries
9. The Double
10. Opposites Attract
11. Night Of Terror
12. Stumbled Beginnings
13. It's My Time
14. A Swan Is Born
16. A Swan Song (For Nina)$36.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Black Labyrinth (Pre-Order)Release Date: July 20, 2018*
It would be nearly impossible to mistake anyone else for Jonathan Davis. A true original, the Bakersfield, CA singer, songwriter, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist indelibly impacts millions as frontman for alt-metal/rock game-changers KoRn-whose accolades encompass two GRAMMY® Award wins, worldwide sales of 40 million-plus, and countless sold out shows in nearly every corner of the globe. Throughout over 20 years in music, his presence coursed through the film scores, contributions to popular video game franchises, and official remixes for the likes of Steve Aoki and more. Along the way, he lent his voice to tracks for everyone from Linkin Park to Tech N9ne. However, 2018 sees him doing something he has yet to do: release his first solo album.
Writing and recording on the road, he played guitar, keys, and anything else he could get his hands on. Moreover, the music was primarily recorded live. Led by the single "What It Is," it continues a tradition by boldly treading new territory.
"I've always got to be different," he leaves off. "Once again, I'm doing something I haven't heard before. This is my swan song. It's my fucking masterpiece up to this point."
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.LP 1
1. Underneath My Skin
2. Final Days
5. Your God
6. Walk On By
7. The Secret
8. Basic Needs
2. Please Tell Me
3. What You Believe
5. What It Is$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Black Sheep Boy (10th Anniversary Edition)In celebration of the ten-year anniversary of this iconic album, Jagjaguwar is proud to present the Black Sheep Boy 10th Anniversary Edition, a three-LP set combining the classic Black Sheep Boy album and its counterpart the Black Sheep Boy Appendix with an all new unreleased album entitled There Swims a Swan: full-band recordings made six months prior to the release of Black Sheep Boy which illuminate the album's roots in the traditional American songbook.
Featuring beautiful, emotional readings of songs popularized by such artists as Washington Phillips, Lead Belly, the Louvin Brothers, and Roscoe Holcomb, There Swims a Swan takes the listener on a trip through the songs that inspired Sheff while composing Black Sheep Boy and reads like a run-through of that album's themes. Black Sheep Boy is celebrated for its album artwork as well as its music, and the Anniversary Edition collects that artwork in a meticulously reworked package, combining every previous element of William Schaff's imagery with a large new piece by Schaff depicting an updated Black Sheep Boy. The release also includes lengthy liner notes by Will Sheff walking the listener through the circumstances surrounding the album.
For Okkervil River fans (the most high-profile of whom was recently revealed to be President Barack Obama, who included Down Down the Deep River on his 2015 summer playlist), the Anniversary Edition is a loving, comprehensive, richly expanded presentation of a record many consider to be one of the band's best. For those new to the band, this might be the best place to start, the first step on a long road, the opening to a forest you can get lost in.LP1 - Volume I
1. Black Sheep Boy
2. For Real
3. In A Radio Song
5. Get Big
6. A King And A Queen
7. A Stone
8. The Latest Toughs
9. Song Of Our So-Called Friend
10. So Come Back, I Am Waiting
11. A Glow
LP2 - Volume II
1. Missing Children
2. No Key, No Plan
3. A Garden
4. Black Sheep Boy #4
5. The Next Four Months
6. Another Radio Song
7. A Forest
8. Last Love Song For Now
LP3 - Volume III
1. Goodnight Irene
2. I'm In Love With Susan Smith
3. See See Rider
4. Knoxville Girl
5. Satan Is Real
6. Good Liquor Gonna Carry Me Down
7. Willow Tree
9. Oh, The Wind And Rain
10. What are They Doing in Heaven Today
11. Trouble in Mind$37.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
I See Beyond The Black SunThis record is less the apocalyptic doom of his ramshackle post-punk group Old Time Relijun, and more of a raga influenced anthropological meditation. This music winds like an infinite snake around the vine of a central note, probing hypnotically as Mr. de Dionyso inexhaustibly exhales mandalas, spirals, unknowable cuneiforms, and other beguiling shapes, while simultaneously driving the pulse and drone to advance, like a slow motion tsunami, towards a shocking climax of release - Michael Gira, Angels Of Light / Swans.1. All Is On!
2. AION (Intuition And Science)
3. Imagination Ensnared
4. Into Gardens
5. Ten Thousand Year Vision
6. Naked Future Part One, The
7. Naked Future Part Two, The
8. Pluto In Capricorn (I See Beyond The Black Sun)$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Jesus Rocked the Jukebox: Small Group Black Gospel (1951-1965)Jesus Rocked the Jukebox offers a spirited celebration of some of the most foundational songs in American musical history, tracing the evolution of the modern Soul, R&B, and Rock n' Roll genres via the likes of The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Swan Silvertones, The Staple Singers, Sam Cooke, and The Chosen Gospel Singers featuring LouRawls.LP 1
1. People Don't Sing Like They Used To Sing
2. Jesus Gave Me Water
3. Uncloudy Day
4. Where Shall I Go
5. I Am So Glad
6. I Dreamed That Heaven Was Like This
7. Oh Sinner
1. God Has Not Promised
2. Let Jesus Lead You
3. Let Me Ride
4. Sinner Man
6. Wade In the Water
1. Just Another Day
2. The Way Up The Hill
3. Living For My Jesus
4. Pray On
5. Sinner's Crossroads
6. This May Be The Last Time
7. It's in My Heart$49.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
FilthDirected by Jon S. Baird and based on a novel by Irvine Welsh
(Trainspotting), Filth tells the story of a bipolar, bigoted junkie cop
(James McAvoy) who manipulates and hallucinates his way through
the festive season in a bid to secure promotion and win back his wife
and daughter. This album features a rock-infused, guitar driven and
epic score by acclaimed composer Clint Mansell (Noah, Requiem For
A Dream, The Fountain, Stoker, Last Night, Black Swan).1. Winter Wonderland
2. Ds Bruce Robertson
3. The Games
5. Love Is Cruel
6. Reeperbahn Madness
7. Home Is The Darkness
8. My Name Is Frank Sidebottom
9. Robo Turns Off The Gas
10. Smokey Bacon & A Kiss Goodnight
11. Same Rules Apply$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-LEX-2917xI Speak Machine
The SilenceLimited To 500 Copies
I Speak Machine are filmmaker Maf Lewis plus vocalist and synth-nerd Tara Busch. Together they make brooding soundtracks and sci-fi horror films, creating audio and visual in unison and giving both elements equal prominence. Their approach is inspired by Spaghetti Western cinema duo Ennio Morricone and Sergio Leone, who used to play with score ideas for scenes while scripts were being written. I Speak Machine's debut offering is The Silence, an eerie and synth heavy journey to accompany their short film of the same name. Early supporters of I Speak Machine include new wave pioneer John Foxx (Ultravox) and soundtrack composer Clint Mansell (Requiem For A Dream, The Wrestler, Black Swan). I Speak Machine and illustrator Tommy Lee Edwards are currently working together on further developments to The Silence project.1. Run
2. The Silence
3. Hell is Other People
4. Heart is Not a Home
6. Experiment 2
7. Just One Day
10. Dead Man, Come Home
11. Be Careful What You Wish For
12. Crawl Home$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Jackie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)Jackie is the upcoming biographical film from Chilean director Pablo Larraín. Starring Natalie Portman (Black Swan) in the title role, the movie follows Jacqueline Kennedy from the days when she was First Lady of the White House to the aftermath of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Critically lauded since its debut at the Venice Film Festival where it won the Best Screenplay Award, Jackie also received the Platform Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival and is a heavy favorite going into awards season. The score to Jackie was composed by experimental British musician Mica Levi, best known for her ethereal score to 2013's sleeper hit "Under the Skin". Mournful and eerie with a touch of the surreal, Levi has delivered an unmistakable musical tapestry every bit as iconic as Jackie O herself.1. Intro
6. Empty White House
8. Lee Harvey Oswald
9. Walk to the Capitol
11. Decision Made
13. The End
14. Credits$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
If...If is the debut solo album from Bill Ryder-Jones. Written as a tribute to Italian avant-garde author Italo Calvinos postmodern novel If On A Winters Night A Traveller, If is mapped out as soundtrack inspired by the book. Grand orchestral movements sit side by side with stark, nakedly emotional vocal pieces that weave a a bleak but beautifully moving and always visceral narrative.
The album was recorded in various locations around Ryder-Jones hometown of Liverpool, including a Scandinavian Church, the Grade II listed warehouse Elevator Studios and his mothers house. Musicians, friends, parents and even the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra pulled together in order for If to become a reality. The Liverpool Philharmonic joined Ryder-Jones at the friary in Everton Valley for the instrumental tracks, of which there are five out of the ten on the record.
Taking its cue from Abel Korzeniowskis off-kilter soundtrack for Tom Fords acclaimed film A Single Man, Ifs influences are eclectic and diverse, from modern cinema composers like Michael Galasso (Seraphine) and Clint Mansell (The Wrestler, Black Swan) to psychedelic sorcerer Syd Barrett, Nick Cave and nineties Welsh indie-psych disciples Gorkys Zygotic Mynci.1. If...
2. The Reader (Malbork)
3. Leaning (Star Of Sweden)
4. By The Church Of Apollonia
5. Le Grand Desorde
8. The Flowers #3 (Lotus)
9. Give Me A Name
10. Some Absolute End (The End)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Last NightLast Night is a 2010 romantic drama directed by Massy Tadjedin featuring Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Eva Mendes and Guillaume Canet. The story follows a married couple, apart for a night while the husband takes a business trip with a colleague to whom he's attracted. While he's resisting temptation, his wife encounters her past love.
The score (surprisingly unavailable until now) is composed by one of the most exciting composers of our times, Clint Mansell (the long time musical collaborator of director Darren Aronofsky: Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, Black Swan, The Wrestler, Pi). This beautiful, piano driven score is finally available and features the end credit song Final Movement composed by Clint Mansell and with vocals by Peter Broderick. 180g vinyl pressing.
Like the finest writing Ive read, Clints music grips unexpectedly and stays with you as long as it does in exactly the same way. For what we had managed to capture and steal and amass, Clint provided tone, shading, pacing and the indefinable otherness only music can. - Massy Tadjedin, Director1. First Movement
2. Pillow Talking
3. Streets of New York
4. Emotional Connections
5. Dangerous Territory
6. Physical Liasion
7. Final Movement (ft. Not At Home) - Vocals by Peter Broderick$13.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Loving Vincent (Original Soundtrack Album)Pressed On 180-Gram Yellow Vinyl
Housed In Packaging Designed By Director Dorota Kobiela
"Loving Vincent" is the upcoming biographical animated film from newcomer directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman. The movie follows Armand Roulin (Douglas Booth), the son of an acquaintance of Vincent van Gogh, as he attempts to deliver a letter from the painter following van Gogh's death. Armand soon finds himself retracing the steps taken by Vincent in his final days in an attempt to unravel the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death. A film unlike any other, "Loving Vincent" is entirely hand painted - each of the movie's 65,000 frames is an oil painting on a canvas created using the same techniques as Vincent van Gogh.
In addition to being a wonder for the eyes, "Loving Vincent" is a treat for the ears. Scoring duties fell to English composer Clint Mansell (Requiem For A Dream, Black Swan), who has crafted a masterpiece. Somber yet driven, Mansell's compositions are filled the swell of mournful strings pocked with delicate, deliberate notes in countermelodies. A perfect companion to the story of dreadful loss and resigned understanding, "Loving Vincent" demands to be heard. A beautiful rendition of "Starry Starry Night" performed by Lianne La Havas that serves as the film's credit song is also included.1. The Night Cafe
2. The Yellow House
3. At Eternity's Gate
4. Portrait Of Armand Roulin
5. Marguerite Gachet At The Piano
6. Still Life With Glass Of Absinthe & A Carafe
7. The Painter On His Way To Work On The Road To Tarascon
8. Five Sunflowers in A Vase
9. Wheatfield With Crows
10. Thatched Roofs In Chaponval
11. Blossoming Chestnut Trees
12. The Sower With Setting Sun
13. Starry Night Over The Rhone$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SMM: OpiateLimited To 800 Copies
SMM: Opiate is the second release in Ghostly's SMM series, which is an ongoing exploration of the evocative possibilities of sound, with a focus
classical minimalism, electronic and drone composition, lm soundtracks, and fragile imaginary landscapes. Opiate is the follow-up to 2011's SMM: Context, and as with that record, it's a carefully chosen selection of music, compiled over some two years from around the world.
The record opens with Simon Scott's Water Shadow, a luxuriant piece of beatless ambience that's like a wash of warm water or the rst touch of the summer sun on your face after a long, cold winter. It's a warmth that doesn't last, though - Ti Prego Memory Man, by A Winged Victory for the Sullen, is no less beautiful. It's a stately, alpine beauty, its chilly sounds a harbinger of things to come. Celer's Nothing So Mystical is more minimal still, while Black Swan's Passing Heartbreak brings whispers of humanity, its sound coalescing out of a atmospheric
whirl of vocal textures.
The wryly titled This Is Radio Sweden, by Jim Haynes, is all brooding background noise that's shot through with what sounds like an old fashioned telephone engaged tone, a track that seems shot through with connotations of absence and loss. EN's White is both somber and somehow transportive, setting plucked chords from what sounds like a banjo over a glistening synth gure, while Pjusk's Dorsk slows to a sort of stasis, with only the faintest of basslines to indicate any sign of life. Fieldhead's 37th is like a slow, mindful from such a reverie, and Noveller's Bright Cloud Blooms brings the cycle to a close with another brief ush of precious warmth.
As a whole, the compilation seems to follow a narrative arc, descending through a series of stages into near-complete stillness, and then slowly ascending back to where it began. As a whole, the experience is certainly evocative of the opiated sensation evoked by the record's title - but really, it's a compilation that invites you to nd your own meaning in it, or simply to appreciate the beauty of its music and escape the world for a while.1. Simon Scott - Water Shadow
2. A Winged Victory For The Sullen - Ti Prego Memory Man
3. Celer - Nothing So Mystical
4. Black Swan - Passings, Heartbreak
5. Jim Hayes - This is Radio Sweden
6. EN - White
7. Pjusk - Dorsk
8. Fieldhead - 37th
9. Noveller - Bright Clouds Bloom$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Filth (Awaiting Repress)First Authorized Vinyl Edition Of 1983 Debut Studio Album In 25 Years
Re-Mastered With Original Cover Art
"This is all slabs of sound, rhythm and screaming/testifying. What more do you need? In a way, it was a reaction against Punk (and just about any other music you can think of), and the conservative notion that 3 chords were somehow necessary. I used to deny it vehemently at the time, but No Wave (I "hated" that scene too, for some reason I can't remember now) played a big role as the germ from which this music grew, along with The Stooges and Throbbing Gristle, of course. I wanted Swans to be "heavier" though - I wanted the music to obliterate - why, I don't remember! I think it just felt good. Live, we used two basses (playing utterly unmusical chords that were stabbed and left to sustain or sometimes hit in staccato or opposing rhythms), drums, a "percussionist" that slammed down on a metal table with a metal strap, crude cassette loops of various sounds/noises (usually some kind of undefined ROAR), and Norman Westberg's glorious sustained and screaming guitar chords. It was pretty elating to play live - for us. If 100 people showed up (which would have been a huge audience at the time - 20 was more the average), 80 were guaranteed to leave by the second song. Somehow that tension - contempt or indifference from the audience - was nourishing, so we kept going.
Here's some music I was listening to at the time: Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV, The Stooges, Brian Eno, Teenage Jesus And The Jerks, DNA, The Contortions, Glenn Branca, Black Flag, early Pink Floyd, This Heat, Kraftwerk, The Germs, Cabaret Voltaire, Can, Public Image LTD., SPK "
- Michael Gira / Swans/Young God Records1. Stay Here
2. Big Strong Boss
4. Power for Power
6. Right Wrong
7. Thank You
9. Gang$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
ADAD-TEM-6611xThree Mile Pilot
The Inevitable Past Is The Future ForgottenThe rumor of a new Three Mile Pilot album has been circulating for over a decade, further fueling the mystery and mythology that has swirled around the San Diego trio since the 1997 release of what was thought to be their swan song, the enormously influential Another Desert, Another Sea.
That brings us to the aptly-named The Inevitable Past Is The Future Forgotten, the first Three Mile Pilot album in 13 years and the first to be written, performed, recorded and produced entirely by the original three members in their own home studios. As such it is the most uncompromising album since their inception, it also just happens to be their most accessible. While Pinback and The Black Heart Procession were obviously influenced by 3MP in their early days, the inverse can now be heard, with many of the songs on The Inevitable Past bearing the unmistakable and inevitable stamps of Pinback and The Black Heart Procession. This circular influence is what makes the album so brilliant; instead of a proper hiatus, 3MPs progression was charted vicariously through its members other groups. As such, The Inevitable Past makes good on the promising glimpses heard through a long but breathless wait.1. Battle
2. Still Alive
3. Grey Clouds
4. Same Mistake
5. What I Lose
6. Left in Vain
7. The Threshold
8. One Falls Away
9. Days of Wrath
11. What's In The Air
12. The Premonition$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Trompe Le Monde
The Pixies Trompe Le Monde On Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP From Mobile Fidelity
Pixies Swan Song Sparks With Electrically Charged Hooks, Outer-Space Atmospherics, And Eminent Tunefulness
Mastered From The Original Master Tapes: Restoration Turns 1991 Album Into A Sonic Blockbuster
Frank Black-led Set Includes Contagious Cover Of The Jesus And Mary Chain's "Head On"
The Pixies verged on commercial breakthrough when the now-iconic band released Trompe le Monde in September 1991. A sea change in popular music tastes that the band helped initiate began to sweep the world. And the Boston quartet seemed prepared to lead the way, with this, its eminently tuneful fourth record, jam-packed with crafty hooks, prickly tones, catchy elements, outer-space atmospherics, electrically charged energy, and delightfully quirky lyrics.
As it stands, Trompe le Monde takes its place as one of the finest swan songs ever recorded. If the Pixies wouldn't have broken up right after its release, there's no telling what would've happened. All that you need to know is that the 15-track effort is as hard rocking and brilliantly innovative as any of the group's creations. That's no small feat.
Mastered from the original analog tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's numbered limited edition 180g LP presents the ensemble's abrasively melodic landmark in a fidelity it's never enjoyed in any prior version. Featuring lusher keyboards and moodier soundscapes than its predecessors, but also reclaiming the nasty guitar edginess and swooning distortion of the group's earliest efforts, Trompe de la Monde finally comes across as the Pixies intended: A sonic bridge between college-rock's influential cruder-textured albums and the polished professionalism that distinguished alt-rock classics.
In other words, Mobile Fidelity's version presents it as the perfect-sounding album: Replete with grit, rawness, and character, but mixed in with radio-friendly smoothness and virtuosic professionalism. Awash with incredible timbres and tonalities, myriad new details rise to the surface. Listen to the counterpoint melodies and layered vocals on "Letter to Memphis"; the trash-compactor feedback and thumping bass during the whipsawing "Planet of Sound"; the "Spyhunter"-like pace and limitless depth now present on "Subbacultcha." Dynamics, contrasts, low-end frequencies, and imaging are all significantly enhanced. Compared to the original CD, Trompe le Monde emerges as a new album-a sonic wonderland that's not far removed from that of Nirvana's celebrated blockbuster Nevermind.
Musically, the Pixies were never better. On par with the groundbreaking Surfer Rosa and Doolittle, Trompe le Monde explodes with hyper riffs, jerks to stop-start progressions, elates with cheerful emotions, and bangs on to giddy surf-fused arrangements. With Kim Deal absent from the songwriting process, vocalist/guitarist Frank Black takes the reigns and doesn't disappoint. Tales about sea monkeys ("Palace of the Brine"), aliens ("Planet of Sound"), and love ("The Sad Punk") bop alongside memorable jabs at hipster pretensions ("Subbacultcha") and inflated egos ("U-Mass"). A contagious cover of the Jesus and Mary Chain's "Head On" will have you hitting "repeat." Power pop, wanderlust punk, theatrical glam rock, reconfigured reverb-laden country-all here, all encouraging repeat listens.
Nearly lost due amidst the alternative trend that it played such a key role in spawning, Trompe le Monde gets new life courtesy of this extremely punchy, greatly balanced Mobile Fidelity issue. If you missed it the first time, don't make that mistake again. Essential with a capital "E," and the perfect way to close Mobile Fidelity's Pixies catalog restoration series.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Trompe le Monde
2. Planet of Sound
3. Alec Eiffel
4. The Sad Punk
5. Head On
7. Palace of the Brine
8. Letter to Memphis
9. Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons
10. Space (I Believe In)
12. Distance Equals Rate Times Time
13. Lovely Day
14. Motorway to Roswell
15. The Navajo Know$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Satanist (Awaiting Repress)
Exclusive Bonus Track
Double Gatefold Jacket
24-Page LP Sized Book
"The Satanist is magic. It's dangerous. It's adventurous, and it's organic," states Nergal, the driving force behind Behemoth since their inception in 1991, and brief exposure to the band's tenth album more than supports this statement. While instantly recognizable as the work of the Polish blackened death quartet it takes their sound in previously unimagined and riveting directions. A writhing, densely layered, brutally violent and sinister record, it is quite unlike anything ever unleashed within the canon of heavy music. As such it demands attention, offering ever greater sonic and emotional depths with every listen. "You may hear the title and think it's very primitive and one-dimensional, and yes it is, but when you look beyond that it's as primitive as it is complex and multidimensional, and that applies to everything about the record."
It has been a rocky road leading to the realization of the album. Having dropped 2009s Evangelion to almost universal critical acclaim they saw it top the chart in their native country and dramatically expand their following around the world, and playing some of the best shows of their lives the band seemed truly unstoppable. But, in August 2010 Nergal was diagnosed with leukemia, stopping them in their tracks. Forced to abandon their ongoing tour in support of Evangelion Nergal was hospitalized, and both he and Behemoth faced an uncertain future. With the search for a bone marrow donor ultimately successful Nergal underwent a transplant, leaving the hospital after six months and beginning down the long road to rehabilitation. "I knew I was pretty much fucked and there was a battle to be won, and I had no fucking idea if it was going to take six months or twelve months or maybe four years, because with cancer you never know. I learned from being in the hospital that there are things in life that you can control and things that you can't control. The sooner you realize which is which it's going to make your life so much easier, and since then I started to focus on the right things. I could be determined, I could have discipline, I could have faith, but everything else is not under my control, and it really was a case of just crossing fingers for the best possible outcome. I was fortunate enough that that recovery period was relatively fast, and that I was really strong and very determined to get back into shape made a real difference."
Rather than immediately getting down to working on a new album, the band - also comprised of drummer Inferno, bassist Orion, and guitarist Seth - set out to complete the abandoned touring cycle for Evangelion, hitting the road for the aptly titled Phoenix Rising Tour. Wanting to prove they were stronger than ever the first show was the only time doubts crept into Nergal's mind. "I was a fucking wreck, and I almost didn't make it to the end of the set. The venue was really smoky, and that was stuffing my nose and my lungs, and physically I felt that I couldn't pull it off. I did, but I was close to passing out on stage. I was literally shocked by this, I remember thinking while we were playing shit, what if I can't do this anymore? I'm just a human being after all. Going into the next show I had no sleep because of all the nerves and anxiety, but it was fucking amazing. With every following show I would get stronger and stronger and grow more confident, and aware of the fact that yes, we will do this."
Having returned to full force the band were ready to once more move forward, and they began work on what would become The Satanist. While many bands might be concerned with how to follow up a record as devastatingly powerful - and successful - as Evangelion Nergal faced no such doubts. "I don't race myself, and I don't need to prove anything to anyone. Evangelion was a very important record to us, and yes, it was very successful too, but in making The Satanist it wasn't a point of beating that. The point was to do what was organic, and make a natural and honest and sincere album, and that's it. Now the record is finished I like to think of it as an album that is just so different that you can't really compare it to our previous works, which is the best outcome I could hope for." One thing is inarguable, and that is the record is the most sonically rich and complex released under the Behemoth name. With layer upon layer of sound it has great sonic density, but there is intricacy to this, and nothing is forced or contrived. "I don't have a kid but I think the process of raising one is comparable: you invest a lot of your energy and effort and wisdom and money and you educate them, but there's never a one hundred percent guarantee he's going to become a lawyer and not a serial killer. It's the same story with the records - we supply the elements but we just don't know how these elements mixed together are going to come out, and I think it's fortunate that we don't have one hundred percent control over it! It makes for something special."
The title of the record itself is undeniable in its power, and Nergal sees it as capturing the primal wisdom that the band have always tried to maintain. "To me it's not pretentious at all. It's very straight up, very sincere, and a devastating, conquering statement. There's no compromise or bullshit or gimmicks. What I love about it is that it just speaks for itself. On one hand it's a very black and white title: The Satanist is like a fucking nail through the hand of Jesus Christ, period. No more, no less. But then again, as with everything else you put a hundred people together and ask them what the name The Satanist means to them and you're going to hear a hundred different opinions, which they can then discuss and fight over." Likewise, Nergal views the lyrical content of the record as similarly open to interpretation, encouraging this. "There's a lot of symbolism and reflections and impressions in there, and it's using millions of metaphors to express a certain very sinister and very captivating atmosphere, but there are no answers. People always like to have a deeper insight into what we do, but that's not what we want to give with this record. The way I see it is that between us we can make a huge fucking pyre and set the world on fire, but what we're doing is just giving you the matches, giving you the spark, what you want to do with it is up to you. Personally, if I sat down with the lyrics in front of me I too would probably come up with a lot of different interpretations and concepts, it's a never ending process, and that's exciting to me."
Twenty-three years and ten albums into their career, that Behemoth is still in the ascendant is a statement to their commitment, determination and capacity for writing such powerful music. If ever a band was to go out on a high The Satanist would make for one hell of a swan song, but don't expect them to disappear any time soon. "I remember before we we had a record deal I was having a conversation with Baal, the band's original drummer, and we said okay, if one day we manage to record an album and put it out how cool would it be to split up right after that? It would be one record and no more, and there was something about that that had an appeal, but y'know what, it doesn't work like that for individuals like myself. Hunger has always driven me through life, and I can never sit in one place and relax for too long because I have the need to explore this whole universe in every possible way. Now, over two decades later it's the same story. I can tell you I have no problems with finishing my career after this record. Just say the title itself: The Satanist. How the fuck am I gonna beat that title? It sounds like the ultimate definition of our art - but then again, I remember that conversation with Baal, and I know it doesn't work like that, so I know there will probably be other incarnations of our artistic identity, one way or another. All I know is I love being here and now, and I just want to underline that I couldn't be more proud and happy with my own music. It really drives me through the day, and now I just want to sit back and hear any and all opinions of it."1. Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel
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