(EP Review) “And the Forests Dream Eternally” Re-Issue by BEHEMOTH

(EP Review) “And the Forests Dream Eternally” Re-Issue by BEHEMOTH

On September 18th, Behemoth will release CD and vinyl re-issues of their debut EP, ‘And the Forests Dream Eternally. This new release celebrates their distinctive haunting sound and their early career.

‘Transylvanian Forest’ opens the EP with an eerie atmosphere of squawking birds and hidden creatures before exploding into their dark sound. Raspy vocals from Nergal give their music an unearthly quality – his vocals are also a key part of their unique style. ‘Moonspell Rights’ delivers some wonderful slow instrumentation before exploding back into ridiculously fast riffs in ‘Sventevith (Storming Near the Baltic)’. Behemoth’s ability to layer riffs on riffs at these fantastic speeds delivers a powerful energy. The guitars are heavily distorted which sees them blend together into an aggressive wall of black metal noise. These tones compliment the aggressive distortion on the vocals without competing for space. The appearance of a higher pitched lead guitar is then able to cut through the rest of the instrumentation. Still with a pretty good level of distortion, the occasional solo throws something different into their mix.

Listening to this album in full provides a fascinating journey through the different variations of these tracks. Experiencing the final versions, live performances and rehearsal recordings provides multiple perspectives on the music. Playing this album in full will give you an immersive experience into this EP and a deeper understanding of Behemoth’s sound.

 Originally released in 1995, ‘And the Forests Dream Eternally’ is available as a double LP or 2-CD Media book, both containing bonus vintage audio material and exclusive archival content. Please see below for details:

Check out the entire album via Spotify below:

Gatefold 2LP
–Audio: Disc 1: And the Forests Dream Eternally; Disc 2: bonus vintage material
–24 page booklet includes: lyrics, old photos, old flyers, old interviews from magazines, liner notes from bands around the world, interviews with two Behemoth founding members (Nergal and Baal), interview with owner of Entropy Records (original label in 1995), J-cards of rare rehearsal from 1993 (given only to close friends at the time – features some songs from And the Forests Dream Eternally), scans of old signatures and descriptions from old photos

2-CD Mediabook
–Audio: Disc 1: And the Forests Dream Eternally; Disc 2: bonus vintage material
–40 page booklet includes: lyrics, old photos, old flyers, old interviews from magazines, liner notes from bands around the world, interviews with two Behemoth founding members (Nergal and Baal), interview with owner of Entropy Records (original label in 1995), J-cards of rare rehearsal from 1993 (given only to close friends at the time – features some songs from And the Forests Dream Eternally), scans of old signatures and descriptions from old photos

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Check out the track listing below:

  1.  Transylvanian Forest
  2.  Moonspell Rites
  3.  Sventevith (Storming Near The Baltic)
  4.  Pure Evil And Hate
  5.  Forgotten Empire of Dark Witchcraft
  6.  Transylvanian Forest (Merry Christless Festival)
  7.  Moonspell Rites (Loud Park Festival, 2013 Japan)
  8.  Pure Evil And Hate (Brutal Assault Festival 2000)
  9.  Transylvanian Forest (Pagan Triumph Tour 1996)
  10.  Transylvanian Forest (Riviera Remont Club 1996)
  11.  Sventevith (Storming Near The Baltic) (Rehearsal 1)
  12.  Moonspell Rites (1993 Preproduction)
  13.  Pure Evil And Hate (1993 Rehearsal)
  14.  Moonspell Rites (1993 Rehearsal)
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