BEHEMOTH enlists drummer JON RICE for South American tour
Polish extreme metal veterans BEHEMOTH have tapped UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS drummer Jon Rice for their South American tour with ARCH ENEMY, which kicked off last week, November 11, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Rice is temporarily filling in for longtime BEHEMOTH drummer Inferno (real name: Zbigniew Robert Promiński).
Rice previously subbed for Inferno during BEHEMOTH‘s 2017 North American tour with SLAYER and select 2019 headlining dates in Israel and Turkey.
Rice joined UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS in 2017 and appeared on the band’s 2018 “Wasteland” studio album. He has since performed in 2022 with the reactivated THE RED CHORD and Norwegian black metallers TJUSDER.
Rice was previously a member of Arizona death metal merchants JOB FOR A COWBOY and Austin, Texas rockers SCORPION CHILD.
BEHEMOTH‘s twelfth studio album, “Opvs Contra Natvram”, was released in September. As with previous studio outings, the LP was produced by BEHEMOTH, with mixing by studio legend Joe Barresi (NINE INCH NAILS, TOOL, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, ALICE IN CHAINS).
Watch “Versvs Christvs” taken from “Opvs Contra Natvram” below.
BEHEMOTH frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski comments on the track: “Legions! Thank you for the amazing response to the new record! Wow! It feels extremely validating and liberating to have you with us. And now we present the crown jewel ‘Versvs Christvs’. This video was our first time working the amazing director Agata Alexander, an L.A.-dwelling Pole whose vision and execution created this spectacular result. A special shout-out to our friends at Grupa 13 who assisted on the production. Feast your eyes on this, Legions!”
Watch “Thy Becoming Eternal” below.
Also watch “The Deathless Sun” official video and the performance video below.
Also watch the previously released video for ‘Off To War!’ and “Ov My Herculean Exile” below.
Order or the album AT THIS LOCATION.
As with previous studio outings, Opvs… was produced by BEHEMOTH, with mixing handled by acclaimed studio legend Joe Barresi (Nine Inch Nails, Tool, QOTSA, Alice in Chains).
“The album title means going against the current,” BEHEMOTH frontman Nergal states. “It’s the negative of the values and morals and ethics that I stand against. I’ve seriously been wrestling with destructive tendencies in pop culture — cancel culture, social media, and tools which I feel are very dangerous weapons in the hands of people who are not competent to judge others. That’s something which I find very destructive and disturbing — and extremely limiting coming from an artists’ perspective. This is my middle finger to that. There’s a song on the record called ‘Neo-Spartacvs.’ Spartacus was one of the most iconic rebels in history who went against the most powerful empire of all time. In the end, it’s me screaming, ‘I Am Spartacus, and so are you!’ I want to spark that flame of rebellion. If something seems wrong then stand up to it!”
Opvs Contra Natvram features twin cover art available in both black and white and will be released in the following array of physical formats designed by Bartek Rogalewicz (Lodge.Black), certain to thrill collectors of limited editions:
Jewelcase CD (Black Cover)
Digibook (Black Cover) (limited to 8500 pieces)
Digibook (White Cover) (limited to 8500 pieces)
Earbook Black/Gold Inkspot Vinyl (White Cover) (limited to 500 pieces)
Earbook Gold/Black Corona Vinyl (White Cover) (limited to 500 pieces)
Black Vinyl (Black Cover)
Picture Vinyl (Black Cover) (limited to 3500 pieces)
White/Gold Split Vinyl (White Cover) (limited to 650 pieces)
Vinylbox Mailorder Edition (White Cover) (limited to 1000 pieces)
Earbook (Black Cover) (band exclusive, limited to 1167 pieces)
Gold Vinyl (Black Cover) (US Indie exclusive, limited to 350 pieces)
Crystal Clear/Silver/Gold Inkspot Vinyl (White Cover) (band exclusive, limited to 666 pieces)
White/Black/Gold Splatter Vinyl (White Cover) (band exclusive, limited to 1167 pieces)
Transparent Red Vinyl (Black Cover) (EMP exclusive, limited to 300 pieces)
White Vinyl (White Cover) (Nordics exclusive, limited to 300 pieces)
Clear/Black Splatter Vinyl (Black Cover) (Kings Road Management exclusive, limited to 500 pieces)
Gold/Black Marbled Vinyl (Black Cover) (UK Eyesore exclusive, limited to 300 pieces)
White/Gold Marbled Vinyl (White Cover) (UK Recordstore exclusive, limited to 300 pieces)
Clear/Black Marbled Vinyl (Black Cover) (HMV exclusive, limited to 450 exclusive)
The tracklist reads as follows:
The Deathless Sun
Ov My Herculean Exile
Off To War!
Once Upon A Pale Horse
Thy Becoming Eternal