If you’re wondering about that thundering black mass of a storm on the horizon, the one with the boiling fires of Hades at its center and crackling tendrils of lightning that spear the earth in a fury, it’s not a natural phenomenon. It’s the approach of a new album by Behexen.
The fifth full-length by these infamous Finnish demons fittingly bears the name The Poisonous Path, and it will descend upon us on May 27 via Debemur Morti Productions. In this post we bring the premiere of its first advance track, “Chalice of the Abyssal Water“.
Four years after Nightside Emanations and almost 20 years after their first demo, Behexen show no signs of repentance or fatigue, but instead a dedication to further perfecting their hellish black art.
This new Behexen song is a manifestation of fire and death. In part, it’s a warlike torrent of sound, with bullet-spitting drums, deep, booming bass rhythms, and barbarous riffs, the music hurtling forward like the attacking descent of a great horned serpent. It’s the heavy sound of barely controlled chaos, laced with filaments of high, vibrating guitar melody.
But as the pace slows, the song also transforms, metamorphosing into a luciferian devotional, its slow, heaving chords a stately offering, its bleak dissonant melody generating poisonous emanations, Hoath Torog’s bestial, gravel-throated voice declaiming incantations from the pit. This is a Behexen song that’s both electrifying and atmospheric, fierce and steeped in an ominous gloom.
The Poisonous Path was recorded by Samu Oittinen at Fantom Studios, with assistant engineering by Ville Puurtinen. It was mixed and mastered by Tore Stjerna at Necromorbus Studio. The artwork was created by Kristiina Lehto. Here is the track list:
01. The Poisonous Path
02. The Wand Of Shadows
03. Cave Of The Dark Dreams
04. A Sword Of Promethean Fire
05. Umbra Luciferi
06. Tyrant Of Luminous Darkness
07. Chalice Of The Abyssal Water
08. Pentagram Of The Black Earth
09. Gallows Of Inversion
10. Rakkaudesta Saatanaan
The album is available for pre-order from DMP as a vinyl LP (including special edition) or on CD (with a new shirt as well) at this location:
Digital pre-orders can also be placed here: