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Formed: 1991
From: Poland
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Mainman Nergal was only 14 when he formed Behemoth back in 1991. The three- piece quickly made a name for themselves in the black metal community with their second demo “From The Pagan Wastelands” (1993) and mini album “And The Forests Dream Eternally” (1994).

Behemoth’s first LP “Sventevith (Storming Near The Baltic)” came out through the Polish underground label Pagan Rec. in 1995 and gained a positive response which resulted in a new record deal with the German label Solistitium Rec. Their second album “Grom” saw the light of day in 1996 and remains their most controversial release to date, mainly because of the incorporation of female vocals and acoustic guitars.

The third release “Pandemonic Incantations” saw the addition of the very talented drummer Inferno and marked the band’s vastly improved musicianship and production. In the fall of 1998, after an extensive European tour, Behemoth signed to the Italian label Avantgarde Music. With the highly successful “Satanica” (1999), the group ventured into the realm of death metal by replacing the raspy black metal screeches with a forceful growl. Thanks to this remarkable release and the attention it gained, Behemoth secured two European tours with Deicide and Satyricon.

In the years to follow, Behemoth maintained the same pace by releasing a consistent string of intense album, which further combined their early black metal influences with the ferocity and technicality of death metal. With “Thelema.6” (2000) the band continued to expand musically and lyrically. Vocalist and lyricist Nergal was aided by poet Krzysztof Azarewicz in his efforts to achieve a sophisticated and intimate obscurity. “Thelema.6” was the first of Behemoth’s albums to be released in U.S. through Olympic Records.

Touring opportunities with bands like Nile, Morbid Angel and Carpathian Forest began to pour in. In 2001 the band made its debut at the most prestigious European summer festival- Wacken.

“Zos Kia Cultus (Here And Beyond)” was released in 2003 and furthermore established the band’s undeniable potential and creativity. Rave reviews started to flow in and Behemoth made its North American live debut at the New Jersey March Metal Meltdown festival. The several nationwide tours that followed ( with bands like Deicide, Amon Amarth, Danzig and Six Feet Under) and the release of the Conjugation EP, all helped make 2003 a breakthrough year for Behemoth.

In 2004 they released a DVD called Crush.Fukk.Create, followed by their latest studio album “Demigod” ( featuring guest appearance by Nile’s Karl Sanders). Again, it received great praise in the media. In addition, the group’s first video “Conquer All” debuted on Headbandger’s Ball.

In early 2005, Behemoth embarked on an extensive North American tour with Suffocation, King Diamond and Nile.

Latest Behemoth News

Below is our complete Behemoth news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Live Footage Of Behemoth's Utrecht Concert Posted

Quality fan-shot live video footage of Behemoth's February 6 performance at Tivoli/Vredenburg in Utrecht, The Netherlands can be seen below.

Behemoth has announced its return to North America this spring with a special tour, featuring Myrkur as support. The band will play its latest album "The Satanist" in its entirety. In addition to the show fans will also have the chance to view "The Congregation" exhibition at each venue, a symbiosis of Behemoth and occult designer Sharon Ehman of Toxic Vision.

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Nergal Wants Your Help To Screw The Cancer

Nergal from Polish black/death metal Behemoth has posted a video online in which he supports the initiative Screw The Cancer.

To learn more about how you can screw the cancer before it screws you, head over to this location.

Behemoth will also be heading out on a North American tour alongside Myrkur this coming April and May, with full dates and details available at this location.

If you missed it, you should also really check out our latest Pit Story where an overly excited fan tried to "salute" Behemoth at at the Bloodstock festival in a very odd way. More...

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Pit Stories: The Limp Dick Salute To Behemoth

Oh guys, we've got a doozy of a Pit Story for you today!

This one's got it all: unwanted fecal matter, a dude too drunk to realize he shouldn't be naked, and an, er... "half mast" salute to Behemoth at Bloodstock Open Air.

Whether for good or ill, there's also video of the whole debacle below, if you've got the courage to give it a view.

This week's tale comes courtesy of Barnes, the guitarist / saxophone player from Welsh death metal band Intensive Square, who had this to say about witnessing something that can never be un-seen:

Undoubtedly the craziest thing I have seen inside or outside of a venue, would have to be during Behemoth's headline set on Saturday 11th August 2012, at Bloodstock Open Air Festival in Derbyshire. I'll set the scene: there was a huge boisterous rabble of our friends that went to the festival together and we spent the majority of that day drinking at our campsite. As the night drew in, we made our way into the festival area to catch Behemoth's set. In the mania of his inebriation, our good friend (who, for the purposes of this tale, we'll call Tony) repeatedly proclaimed that right at that moment Behemoth were "the greatest living metal band." When we reached the main stage, the band were already in full swing amidst a stage laden with Satanic artifacts and spewing pyrotechnics into the night sky.

Once we had weaved through the crowd and got as close to the stage as we were going to, the band began to play "Chant For Eschaton 2000." Tony went ballistic: "Fuck, boys! This is fucking insane! Behemoth is my favourite fucking band, boys!" and then he started to undress. Pissed beyond reason, mesmerized, and now completely naked, Tony bent over to pick up his red cap and simultaneously evacuated an unintentional morsel of shit from his bowel at the centre of a slowly widening circle of strangers; the festering eye of an uncomfortable storm.

"Boys, you've got to get me up there" he implored. Once our friends Andrew and Jamie had volunteered to raise him on their shoulders, Tony glanced down at his disappointing penis and realised that his general had been demoted to the rank of cadet and that he was not fit for the parade. He scoured the immediate crowd in search of a handjob, seeking to "make it a bit bigger," but upon realising that no help was at hand, he set about the task himself.

As Chant for Eschaton 2000 reached its climax, Tony was treacherously hoisted upwards until he was standing erect above the crowd, still pumping his fist in a futile bid to cajole his limp penis into following suit. He soon realised that this was a thankless task and gave up. Steadying himself with one hand, he slowly raised the other and formed an exultant horn as he shared the perplexed gazes of guitarists Seth and Nergal.

I know you might reconcile this as a fantastical myth, too implausible to have really happened, but luckily you don't have to take my word for it. Just check out the video below and skip to 49:20 where you can see the evidence for yourself as broadcast live on the official Bloodstock coverage of the festival.

Intensive Square's debut album "Anything That Moves" is out now on Black Bow Records on vinyl. For more info on the band, head over to Facebook here.

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Behemoth Announces Tour With Myrkur

Polish death/black metal outfit Behemoth has announced a return to North America this spring with a special tour, featuring Myrkur as support.

Myrkur was recently named one of the best new metal bands of 2015 in our year-end staff awards.

With plans to play latest album "The Satanist" in its entirety (reviewed here), this is one Behemoth show not to be missed. A limited number of premium ticketing packages that include a commemorative laminate, meet and greet with the band, 18" x 24" poster set (3 posters), 42" x 42" wall flag, and general admission ticket are available now at this location.

In addition to the concert, fans will also have the chance to view "The Congregation" exhibition at each venue. Dubbed "a symbiosis of Behemoth and Toxic Vision," the display showcases the collaboration between the two parties. Over the years, the artist behind Toxic Vision (Sharon Toxic) has worked closely with the band to create stage outfits, music videos, stage/photo props and more. "The Congregation" is a new experience and built solely for this tour.

Behemoth front-man Nergal comments: "We've always pushed ourselves very hard trying to reach the highest peaks of artistic creativity. This time around we are not only coming back to perform 'The Satanist' in its entirety, but are also bringing along a collaboration that's unheard of! Toxic Vision's renowned and absolutely brilliant artist and designer from Canada, whom we have worked with on several projects in the past (Behemoth stage gear, video clip costumes...) will be accompanying us on this trek with a unique exhibition called 'The Congregation'! We are beyond excited to see how these synergies co-exist! Sharon, it's an honour to welcome you on board!"

Adds Toxic Vision CEO Sharon Toxic: "It is a real honour to work alongside Behemoth and have this opportunity to bring a vision to life! We aim to dazzle and inspire, I am inviting everyone to step into the dark world of 'The Congregation' - an exclusive showcase of my work with Behemoth. Nothing like this has been done before, and of course, nothing is really as it seems with Toxic Vision. This is a culmination of craft and magic...once you step inside, you might never find your way out."

More details on The Congregation art exhibition can be found at this location. See Behemoth and Myrkur live on these dates: More...

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Behemoth Eindhoven Metal Meeting Live Video Posted

Fan-filmed live footage of Polish blackened death metallers Behemoth performing at the annual Eindhoven Metal Meeting at the Effenaar in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, past friday December 11, 2015 can be seen below.

Check it out.

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Behemoth Announces "The Congregation" Exhibit

Behemoth will perform all of current album "The Satanist" on the band's upcoming European run in early 2016.

The Polish group also plans to bring a brand new exhibition concept, "The Congregation," out on tour. The exhibition will be dubbed "A symbiosis of Behemoth and Toxic Vision" and will showcase the collaborative work between the two parties.

Toxic Vision is the artist that Behemoth had been working closely with over the past years in terms of stage outfits, music videos, stage/photo props and such. The exhibition is planned to be held in tent, a capsule created to capture an experience on its own and built solely for this purpose, and was first shown by Toxic Vision (in a similar way) at this year's installment of the Inferno Festival.

Commented band leader Nergal: "We've always pushed ourselves very hard trying to reach the highest picks of artistic creativity. This time around we are not only coming back to perform 'The Satanist' in its entirety, but are also bringing along a collaboration that's unheard of! Toxic Vision, renowned and absolutely brilliant artist and designer from Canada whom we have worked with on several projects in the past (stage gear, video clip costumes…) will be accompanying us on this European trek with a unique exhibition called 'The Congregation!' We are beyond excited to see how these synergies coexist! Sharon, it's an honour to welcome you on board!"

Adds Toxic Vision CEO Sharon Toxic: "It is a real honour to work alongside Behemoth and have this opportunity to bring a vision to life! We aim to dazzle and inspire, I am inviting everyone to step into the dark world of 'The Congregation' - an exclusive showcase of my work with Behemoth. Nothing like this has been done before, and of course, nothing is really as it seems with Toxic Vision. This is a culmination of craft and magic... once you step inside, you might never find your way out." More...

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Behemoth's "The Satanist" Up For Polish Film Award

Fans have until Thursday to make their voices heard and help vote for Behemoth's "The Satanist" video, which has been nominated for the Polish YACH film awards. You can vote by "liking" the post on Facebook here.

The video, which was directed by Andrzej Dragan, serves as another ambitious and visually striking piece of art from the band that's known for videos that remain a cut above standard metal music videos.

Upon the video's release, Behemoth's Nergal commented: "Behemoth has always been about breaking boundaries, taboos, leaving its comfort zone and thinking out of the box! Here we go again with the brand new video from us. The concept came from the director, Andrzej Dragan. It's situated in modern Warsaw in the present times. It's where the carnal world meets the unknown, it's where the ZOS meets KIA, it's where SACRUM is raped by PROFANUM." More...

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Behemoth Releases "The Satanist" Video

Behemoth has launched a brand new video for the title track from "The Satanist." The video, directed by Andrzej Dragan, is another ambitious and visually striking piece of art from the band that's known for videos that remain a cut above standard metal music clips.

Behemoth front man Nergal comments: "Behemoth has always been about breaking boundaries, taboos, leaving its comfort zone and thinking out of the box! Here we go again with the brand new video from us. It's already a fourth official clip off 'The Satanist.'

"The concept came from the director, Andrzej Dragan. It's situated in modern Warsaw in the present times. It's where the carnal world meets the unknown… it's where the ZOS meets KIA… It's where SACRUM is raped by PROFANUM…"

Director Andrzej Dragan adds this brief comment: "This is a picture of alienation and ultimate rejection of an oversensitive character by an anonymous city."

Behemoth's latest output "The Satanist" was released in February of 2014 and named our album of the year during our annual year-end awards. More...

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Eindhoven Reveals Full 2015 Festival Lineup

With the addition of Nuclear Assault, Craft, Gama Bomb, Angelus Apatrida, Aeternus, and Incantation, the lineup for Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2015 is now complete.

The seventh edition of the annual metal meeting is set to take place December 11th & 12th, 2015 at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. In total 36 bands will make their appearance at the festival. The lineup will be as follows: More...

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Behemoth Announces 2016 Shows

Polish blackened death metal monster Behemoth has announced upcoming European tour dates for early 2016. The band is further supporting latest effort "The Satanist" (reviewed here) on these January/February shows:

2016-01-29 Copenhagen (Amager Bio) DK
2016-01-30 Gothenburg (Traedgarn) SE
2016-01-31 Stockholm (Arenan) SE
2016-02-02 Hamburg (Markthalle) DE
2016-02-03 Berlin (Astra) DE
2016-02-04 Prague (Meetfactory) CZ
2016-02-05 Essen (Weststadthalle) DE
2016-02-07 Antwerp (Trix) BE
2016-02-10 Fribourg (Fri-Son) CH
2016-02-11 Trezzo sull Adda (Live Club) IT
2016-02-12 Pratteln (Z7) CH
2016-02-13 München (Backstage) DE More...

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Eindhoven Adds More Bands To Lineup

Marduk, Vektor, Purgatory, Desaster, Necros Christos, Todestriebe and the Dutch metal battle winner Rise a Thousand are the latest acts that have been confirmed for the seventh edition of the independent Eindhoven Metal Meeting festival.

This year's edition is set to take place December 11 & 12th, 2015 at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. In total 32 bands will make their appearance at the festival. More bands will be announced soon, and for now the current lineup is as follows: More...

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Behemoth Kicking Off New Tour Dates

The Polish black / death metal superstars from Behemoth are ready to bring some hellish "Messe Noir" to the masses again, with a European tour kicking off today.

The trek is in support of latest album "The Satanist" (reviewed here), which was named our best album of 2014 in Metalunderground.com's annual year-end awards.

Check out a trailer for the impending tour dates below. More...

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Behemoth To Release Own Beer "Sacrum"

Poland's Blackened death metallers of Behemoth just officially announced their collaboration with Polish brewery Perun on the band's own brand of beer named "Sacrum" which will be available on May 11.

Check out now the promotional video clip for "Sacrum" below.

Tadam!!! Very shortly we are releasing BEHEMOTH! beer in cooperation with Browar PERUN! Sacrum is just the beginning tho…;) Beerhemoth? NA ZDROWIE:)))))

Posted by Official Nergal on Thursday, April 30, 2015

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Behemoth's Orion Plays Evolve

2K and Turtle Rock Studios released a new video feature for Evolve, the 4v1 shooter featuring four hunters cooperatively fighting to take down a single-player controlled monster.

In "Behemoth Plays Behemoth," bassist and backing vocalist Orion from Metal Blade Records recording artist Behemoth is joined by George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher, lead vocalist for Metal Blade's Cannibal Corpse, as they visit 2K Headquarters for an exclusive look at Evolve's newest and largest playable monster character.

Throughout the course of gameplay, Orion and George quickly grasp the sheer enormity and power of the former's band namesake monster. Behemoth measures twice the width of another fellow monster - Goliath - and is literally as big as the game's developmental limitations. In addition, they experience Behemoth as a hulking and tank-like monster that can absorb extensive damage before morphing into a giant, destructive boulder and rolling around his environment for quick traversal - an uncanny resemblance to the enveloping and magnetic experience fans routinely have at their live shows.

Evolve is available now for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Check out the new video clip below. More...

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Behemoth: Nergal's Transformation Posted

Invade TV premieres a short documentary on Polish blackened death metallers Behemoth featuring frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski's transformation from normality backstage to when he steps out in front of the live audience in full character.

Check out the two-part feature in the player below.

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Behemoth Releases "Messe Noir" Music Video

Polish death metal giants Behemoth released a music video for the track "Messe Noir." The song appears on the band's latest album "The Satanist" - which is available via Nuclear Blast (EU) and Metal Blade Records (USA).

A review for the album can be found at this location.

Check out "Messe Noir" here:

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Behemoth Posts Excerpt From New Book

Next week, Metal Blade Records will unleash "Behemoth: Devil's Conquistadors," a definitive biography penned by Lukasz Dunaj.

The 490-page, hardcover tome takes an in-depth look at the history of the events that materially influenced the band, its music, and rise to ultimate rise to the upper echelon of metal. In addition to the author's narrative, the book includes quotes and anecdotes from current and former Behemoth members as well as interviews with Tomas Krajewski, Rob Darken, Graal, Havok, old photos of the band, flyers, lyric sheets and more.

In the foreword by Krzysztof Azarewicz (Polish poet, writer, occultist and longtime lyric co-writer): "If, as a cultural anthropologist, I were to point to a single cosmic force which Behemoth's music expresses, I would name it not Satan but Dionysus. A deity that represents not only the intoxicating influence of cosmic energies and earthly benefits, but also their benevolent healing properties. A deity of strength and pride. A deity of creative might."

In advance of its release, today Revolver Magazine offers up an exclusive excerpt from the book where vocalist/guitarist Nergal recounts his early grade and high school years, his increasing interest in extreme music, and his growing skepticism of Catholicism: More...

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The 70,000 Ton Hangover

Can 21st-century metalheads ever be truly happy if they’re not bitching about something on the web?

The pointless arguments over bands’ music, which mostly boil down to matters of taste, are exhausting enough. And there’s a simple solution to dissatisfaction with a particular tour package: stay home and masturbate.

But complaining about festival lineups? Really?

I have some news for you, sport: the only Perfect Metal Festival Lineup, which exists only in an individual’s imagination, attracts an audience of one. Your Perfect Lineup is different from mine.

There needs to be a common denominator, a compromise. I don’t know about you, but when I’m not basking in my serene, elite metal knowledge via trve and righteous, smarmy and self-congratulatory screeds on Facebook, I actually enjoy watching a live show in the company of others. And in reaching the compromise to make that social event possible, everyone’s Perfect Lineup inevitably becomes less than perfect. Such is the transition from fantasy to reality.

In the process, like small children finally realizing that vegetables aren’t going to kill them, we learn that the reality is almost always better than the fantasy (discounting the fact that the latter doesn’t exist). MTV’s Butt-Head once mused on this very issue: “If nothing sucked, and everything was, like, cool all the time… how would you KNOW it was cool?”

At a several-day festival with dozens of bands on multiple stages, we NEED at least a handful of acts we know we can ignore. Otherwise, think of the immense pressure to be constantly on our feet, rushing back and forth, watching every equally important band with rapt attention. Even if possible, it would be simply overwhelming. We’d pass out from exhaustion and forget to enjoy ourselves. Plus, the truly special acts wouldn’t seem as special.

Last summer at Tuska Open Air in Helsinki, rather than bitch about the injustice of Bring Me The Horizon directly preceding Anthrax, I was grateful for the chance to relax and have a beer before catching a show by one of the Big Four. More...

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 42

This week on the official MetalUnderground.com podcast, regular co-host Kevin Perez (aka N0thinghead) is joined once again by Ollie Hynes (aka Diamond Oz) to discuss what's been happening, with particular focus being on the recent Grammy Awards and the decision to give the Best Metal Performance Award to Tenacious D. Not only this, but Kevin has tickets to give away for August Burns Red's upcoming show in Florida, as well as for Behemoth and Cannibal Corpse's stop at the same venue.

We also have music from unsigned Canadian band, Ape War, with their songs, "Born of Sodom" and "Templar" being played at the beginning and end of the show respectively.

Check out the new podcast at this location and feel free to leave us your feedback!

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Behemoth Posts New Live Drum-Cam Video

Behemoth is streaming a new live drum-cam video showing Inferno blasting through the song "Messe Noire" (courtesy of sickdrummermagazine )

Check out the new live drum-cam clip below.

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