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Behemoth Interview @ Slim’s 4-23-2012

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Behemoth @ Slim's 4-23-2012 Decibel Magazine Tour

Behemoth Tomasz “Orion” Wróblewski
Decibel Magazine Tour 2012
4/23/2012 – Slim’s San Francisco, California
Interview & Photos by Jeff Longo

Stubble caught up with Orion, bassist/guitarist for Behemoth before their sold out show at Slim’s in San Francisco. Headlining the Decibel Magazine Tour with Watain, the Devil’s Blood, and In Solitude, Behemoth returns to the U.S. with the most extreme line-up on the year. Also marks Behemoth’s return the US since Frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski’s diagnosis in 2010 and eventual remission of Lukiema.. Orion catches us up on the band’s activity during the last year and a half, religious protestors, and a new Behemoth biography due out later this year.

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Behemoth @ Slim's 4-23-2012 Decibel Magazine Tour Stubble: Welcome to California.
It’s good to be here.

Stubble: We missed you guys. It’s awesome to see that everything worked out for the better.
Yeah so far so good and we’re glad to be back on the track.

Stubble: So what did you do during the break?
First of all we still remained as a band during the break. We had so many things going on while Nergal was in the hospital and he was actually working there. So we even had the record (2011 Abyssus Abyssum Invocat) put out in this time, it was not the songs we were recording, was just some out takes from former sessions but yeah we still had things happening in the band. I also have my other band so that was thing I was doing and…

Stubble: What’s the name of the band?
Vesania, its a small black metal band not a really big thing. I also work at the studio, recording studio, so I produce and record some music.

Stubble: Incredible line-up Behemoth, Watain, the Devil’s Blood, In Solitude. Everyone’s from Europe right?
Yes it is! Finally we are in a position to choose the bands we play with. Invite them to the tour. It used to be all the other way, we were just happy to catch up and get on some tour. These are the bands we’ve always wanted to get on tour with us. That’s like a dream line up for us. They’re good friends, great bands. Yeah I’m so happy

Behemoth @ Slim's 4-23-2012 Decibel Magazine Tour

Stubble: How have the shows be going? I know Watain had some hiccups.
Yeah they missed the first four shows of this tour. They had some visa issues.

Stubble: No more venue changes like in Ohio?
Not that I heard of, that was the only one.

Stubble: You have to watch those middle states in between the two coasts…
Whatever, we are used to that. There are so many things happening to us like especially in Poland shows being canceled, moved, or banned or whatever, it’s not even funny anymore.

Behemoth @ Slim's 4-23-2012 Decibel Magazine Tour

Stubble: It’s becoming a pain in the ass Orion: It is a pain in the ass, especially if you have a tour planned and all your expenses and costs go this and that way and anciently something gets canceled, it just fucks you up but it is what is, we have to take it.

Stubble: What’s the show going to be like tonight? What kind of set list?
Most of the songs is last album Evangelion , because this break we had was right in the middle of tours for Evangelion , so we decided to finish the tours for this one first so there’s like four or five songs from this one. The set list is kinda big and there’s so much stuff on it.

Stubble: You have a track from one of your first album Moonspell Rights
This one’s like twenty years old or something. We re-arranged it a little so it sounds little more up to date. We do that sometimes, occasionally we just go through the old songs and rearranged them and play them live.

Stubble: One thing I noticed is that there are no religious protestors here, now when I go to the more mainstream music they’re everywhere. Do you ever run into them in the US?
Yeah we’ve that had that twice or three times as far I remember. Yeah it happened and We even walked out to these people to talk to them, they were not willing to talk to us at all…they were like standing here, we keep asking questions, “we don’t want to talk to you”.

Behemoth @ Slim's 4-23-2012 Decibel Magazine TourStubble: Part of your stage show was you used a Bible on stage and tear it up, so I was thinking do you have a box of Bibles that you travel around with? Do you take them out of hotels?
It’s people. People bring them to us, we just did it once or twice, then people get it and they start bringing Bibles and throw them on stage. We don’t do that anymore on stage.

Stubble: A new release? You’re looking at next year?
Whats happening now we are finishing the tour, then start thinking about the next album, and at the same time there’s a Behemoth biography coming out in a few months, in Poland and it is being translated right now so it should be out world wide in, I don’t know September or October approximately and yeah we sit back and do another album.

Stubble: It’s a great time for extreme music I think it’s getting bigger, do you have anything you say to legions of fans out there?
I just want to see out at the shows, that’s why we are here.

Set List
Ov Fire and the Void
Moonspell Rites
Conquer All
The Thousand Plagues I Witness
Alas, Lord Is Upon Me
The Seed ov I
Decade of Therion
At the Left Hand ov God
Slaves Shall Serve
Chant for Eschaton 2000
23 (The Youth Manifesto)



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