In an interview with D.T. Metal of Metal Storm posted on Saturday, Tomasz “Orion” Wróblewski, bassist for legendary Polish metal band Behemoth, said that the band will be playing on this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.
D.T.M: What's on next year's calendar for Behemoth other than the new album of course?
Orion: I am pretty sure I can talk about that; I don't think it is confirmed yet but we are coming back to the States this summer to play on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival. This will be the very first thing we will do before the new record comes out. After that we plan on doing some other festivals, but they are not confirmed yet neither. We have done quite a few European festivals this year (ed. 2012) and I am not sure if it would be the best thing to do before the album comes out.
The interview was conducted on Dec. 3 on the Barge to Hell, which is a cruise focused on extreme metal that sailed from Dec. 3 to Dec. 7 from Miami, Fla. to Nassau, Bahamas.
Orion also discussed the health of vocalist/guitarist Adam "Nergal" Darski, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010.
D.T.M: Now that Nergal is health wise back in the game, is there something you, as a band, do something different to accommodate his needs?
Orion: He doesn't have any special needs now, he is just the same person he used to be before. He is actually doing better than ever as far as I can tell. I would have to say we don't have to do anything to accommodate to the situation at all. Everything just seems to be going up for us and the entire situation is moving forwards and we just follow it.
D.T.M: As he did have a brush with death, did the daily business routine of Behemoth change since tomorrow could be the last day?
Orion: Tomorrow could be the last day for any of us, but the situation we had with Nergal makes us more aware of this fact. It was just one big lesson and I feel that the way we treat the band, and life in general, now is just - better. We do have a lot more appreciation for everything and we are trying to get as much as we can out of it all, professionally and personally. And everything that is happening with the band, it takes some work, but it's growing, it's hard to explain …
D.T.M: Like a stronger bond as a band in general?
Orion: Not sure if it is a stronger bond since the bond was always there. It's more about appreciating everything that is happening much more than we did before, like the little things in life.
Orion says that the band will enter the studio at the end of February to begin recording a new album for a fall release.
The Mayhem Festival has been held every summer since 2008 and was headlined last year by Slipknot.