Published Apr 08, 2015The recording process behind 2014's The Satanist was not an easy one for Polish extreme metal band Behemoth. Despite the obstacles the group faced, bassist Tomasz "Orion" Wróblewski had no hesitation in calling their acclaimed tenth studio LP the "best album of our lives" in the latest episode of Exclaim! TV's Aggressive Tendencies.
Speaking with us before a recent performance in Toronto, Wróblewski remembered the band's difficult recording experience well despite it having been over a year since the record's release. A lengthy break after 2009's Evangelion included frontman Nergal's leukemia diagnosis, in addition to issues writing and recording their full-length follow-up. As a result of what the bassist called "caring too much," the band and engineer Colin Richardson could not reach an agreement on the perfect mix, leading Richardson to drop out from producing the record.
Wróblewski also spoke about the group's rejection of subgenre labels, saying that the prominent shift from death metal to black metal was never intended while heading into the recording of The Satanist, further likening it to completing a cycle started by their black metal beginnings. He also shed light on the many projects outside of music that the band are currently working on, including plans for more music videos and the release of both a band biography and a book penned by Nergal.
Watch the interview now in the player below.
Interview by Bradley Zorgdrager
Filmed & Edited by Katherine Kwan
Audio mixed by Marcus Blomgren