Behemoth Perform Demonic Conjuration in ‘Bartzabel’ Video
Behemoth have unleashed another visually stunning music video. In their classic black-and-white style, Behemoth have debuted a clip for “Bartzabel,” which is filled with blasphemy and nudity.
It's a departure from their more recent material; “Bartzabel” isn’t a track filled with blast beats and gargling gutturals, acting more as a mood piece fairly mellow in execution.
According to various occult pages, Bartzabel is a particularly dangerous and old demon, who is “the spirit of the planet Mars.” Famed occultist Aleister Crowley even wrote about evoking the spirit of Bartzabel, which Behemoth reference throughout their newest single. Performances of Crowley’s The Bartzabel Working are still reenacted to this day.
"'Bartzabel' is a song that came in the midst of a Behemoth rehearsal...We had no structure, no vision - but piece by piece, it came to be, and we were extremely excited by the result,” says frontman Nergal. “To us, it's the eye of the ILYAYD storm: sonically calmer and slower than anything else on the record, but definitely one of the darkest! Lyrically, we (myself and Krzysztof Azarewicz) were inspired by Aleister Crowley's conjuration of the Spirit of Mars - which the video, by our trusted friends in Grupa 13, depicts beautifully...I may even go as far to say that it's my favourite Behemoth video of all time! I hope you all enjoy it, and we look forward to ILYAYD's launch this Friday!"
"It doesn't get more blasphemous than this," Nergal adds about the band’s upcoming album I Loved You at Your Darkest. "It's a verse from the Bible. It's actually a quote from Jesus Christ himself. For Behemoth to use it as the basis of our record, it's sacrilege to the extreme."
Check out the “Bartzabel” video above and click here to pre-order I Loved You at Your Darkest bundle packs.
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