Behemoth is reissuing their 1996 album Grom on March 31. Grom is Behemoth's final black metal album before shifting toward a more death metal sound, and was the band's final record with drummer Adam "Baal Ravenlock" Muraszko. Grom has also received a handful of pressings over the years, but hasn't really received a deluxe reissue treatment quite like it is right now.
"Twenty-seven years since its first release, it's time to give Grom it's time in the spotlight!" said Behemoth in a statement. "Our second album now re-issued with plenty of archived, never before seen photos and liner notes. It's a beautiful collector's item.
"Grom remains a key piece of Behemoth history and I embrace it as much as any of our other albums. Behemoth would never be where it is now without it."
In addition to the album, Behemoth has included a second disc named Artefacts featuring B-sides and live recordings from throughout the years. The CD version also comes with a 48-page hardcover book, while the vinyl version comes with a 24-page booklet. Pre-orders for Grom are available here, and the Artefacts disc runs as follows.
- "Freezing Moon"
- "Total Desaster"
- "Ostatni Tabor"
- "Rising Proudly Towards the Sky (Rehearsal 1995)"
- "Dragon's Lair (Cosmic Flames and Four Barbaric Seasons) [Rehearsal 1995]"
- "The Dark Forest (Cast Me Your Spell) [Live at Pagan Triumph Tour, Netherlands, 1996]"
- "Spellcraft and Heathendom (Live at Pagan Triumph Tour, Netherlands, 1996)"
- "Lasy Pomorza (Live at XXX Years ov Blasphemy, Poland, 2021)"
As for new Behemoth material, it might be coming sooner than you think.
"[Opvs Contra Natvram is] a new record, it's a fresh record, of course, but for me it's not new anymore," said Nergal in a recent interview. "I mean, the [songs] are, like, what? Two, three years old. And I've got a bunch of ideas for future endeavors. Just don't be surprised if you see or read that Behemoth is in the studio sooner than later.
"I'm sure next year we'll be just doing something. I don't know. Maybe something smaller; maybe an EP or something. I mean, I'm writing. I've got ideas. I don't wanna stop. I have my moments that I get burnt out and I get bored and shit; there's tons of things going, and the overall vibe in the world is fucking — let's put it mildly — weird… But I don't wanna stop."
In the meantime, catch Behemoth on their European tour at one of the dates below.
6/4 Plzen, CZE – Metalfest
6/8 Gdansk, POL – Mystic Festival
6/9 Sölvesborg, SWE – Sweden Rock
6/11 Donington, UK – Download Festival
6/13 Pratteln, SWI – Z7 (w/ Vended & Gaerea)
6/15 Clisson, FRA – Hellfest
6/16 Dessel, BEL – Graspop
6/17 Utrecht, NET – Tivoli Ronda (w/ Hypocrisy & Imperial Triumphant)
6/18 Hannover, GER – Capitol (w/ Hypocrisy & SpiritWorld)
6/20 Karlsruhe, GER – Substage (w/ Hypocrisy & SpiritWorld)
6/22 Oslo, NOR – Tons Of Rock
6/24 Nummijärvi, FIN – Nummirock
6/28 Viveiro, SPA – Ressurection
7/2 Bologna, ITA – The Return of the Gods Festival