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November 9, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm$35
The Noise Presents Behemoth: Ecclesia Diabolica America 2018 E.V.
- At the Gates
- Wolves in the Throne Room
@HOB Music Hall
Friday, November 9
Ages = 17+
Tickets = $35
“It doesn’t get more blasphemous than this.”
That’s Behemoth mastermind Nergal talking about the title of the band’s 11th and latest album, I Loved You At YourDarkest. While it certainly seems an unlikely title for a black metal band—especially one that called their last album The Satanist—its origin might surprise you even more than the words themselves. “It’s a verse from the Bible,” Nergal reveals. “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.” –Note from Rebel Radio’s Andy Gehron: They’re actually being blasphemous even in this statement, for it’s not a quote from Jesus at all, but from the Apostle Paul in Romans 5:8, where he said, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (translation = Original Greek & NKJV).
Of course, Behemoth are no strangers to blasphemy. Over the course of the last 27 years, they’ve pushed the boundaries of black metal and heresy alike. While anti-Christian sentiment might seem like stale bread where most metal bands are concerned, for Behemoth such ideas represent a very real threat to their physical freedom. Time and again, the government of their native Poland has charged them with various “crimes” such as tearing up a bible onstage in 2007 and using the Polish coat of arms on a Behemoth t-shirt in 2017.
“Obviously, stuff like that can piss you off. But I think it’s good to be pissed off,” Nergal says with a laugh. “Anger can be a massive driving force, especially when you make extreme music. But politically and socially, Poland is a very disparate country. You can never feel totally safe here. That makes it easier for me to get inspiration. If I lived in Holland or Australia, I don’t think I’d be doing what I do now. You can do or be anything you want there. I’m a huge fan of that kind of freedom, but I don’t really have it here. Struggling with that on a daily basis makes me who I am, and fuels my passion for this music.”
Lyrically, I Loved You At Your Darkest revels in the kind of religious provocation that Behemoth do best. “It’s very religion-driven, maybe more than anything we’ve done before,” Nergal offers. “But it’s not just cheap goading. I believe this is some deeper metal language. It’s art.”
At the Gates
At the Gates is a Death Metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. Formed in 1990, it now consists of Tomas Lindberg on Vocals, Jonas Björler on bass, Adrian Erlandsson on drums, and Martin Larsson and Jonas Stålhammar on guitars. (Source)
Wolves in the Throne Room
Wolves in the Throne Room re-imagine black metal as an ode to rain storms, wood smoke and the wild energies of the Pacific Northwest. Their first studio album, Diadem of 12 Stars (2006) was a genre-dissolving classic that created a melancholy and psychedelic Cascadian atmosphere.
Since that time, Wolves in the Throne Room have become one of the most potent and highly regarded bands in extreme music. The listener encounters crystalline metal riffs and ritualistic laments that sing of endless rain falling upon ancient cedars. Their music is a doorway into a mythic ethereal heathen landscape entered through music, magic and dreams.
Since the release of “Thrice Woven” the band has toured relentlessly as a headlining act. Now, Wolves in the Throne Room have the honor of supporting two titans of Metal – At the Gates and Behemoth – on a tour that will set ablaze venues across the United States, Canada and Europe! (Source)
- November 9, 2018
6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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