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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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Behemoth Share Footage Of Recent Rehearsals

Behemoth are rehearsing for their "Merry Christless" performances with former members of the band this week. Those shows will take place this week on December 14th and 15th at Progresja in Warsaw, Poland and will see the band temporarily reunited with ex-drummer Adam “Baal Ravenlock” Muraszko, ex-guitarist/bassist Leszek “Les” Dziegielewski and ex-guitarist Adam “Desecrator” Malinowski. The band’s mainman Nergal shares some footage of said rehearsals below:


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Desecrator & Baal Ravenlock To Join Behemoth Live

Behemoth announce another special reunion they have planned for their upcoming December 14th and 15th ‘Merry Christless‘ shows at Progresja in Warsaw, Poland. As we previously reported Behemoth announced that ex-drummer Adam “Baal Ravenlock” Muraszko and ex-guitarist/bassist Leszek “Les” Dziegielewski would join them onstage.

Now Nergal reveasl that the band’s original members Adam “Desecrator” Malinowski & Adam “Baal Ravenlock” Muraszko will join him to play the first song the band wrote together, “Cursed Angel Of Doom“. Explains Nergal: More...

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Behemoth To Be Joined Onstage By Former Members

Behemoth‘s upcoming December 14th & 15th "Merry Christless" shows at Progresja in Warsaw, Poland will showcase special live performances from ex-drummer Adam “Baal Ravenlock” Muraszko and ex-guitarist/bassist Leszek “Les” Dziegielewski.

Comments Behemoth: "If you thought you will never see „Grom” line up one stage one day... you’ve been wrong! Former drummer Baal and Les will reunite with Nergal for BOTH Merry Christless shows in Poland, Warsaw on 14th and 15th December. And it’s not all the surprices to come during these special events...!🤘There's very few tickets left for 14th so hurry up before it's sold out!"

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Behemoth Shares Clip From Recent Rehearsal Session

Behemoth vocalist/guitarist Adam "Nergal" Darski shares a clip from a recent rehearsal and brief update on the band’s next album alongside a preview of what they have in the works. He also states the band is "officially done with rehearsing new tunes".

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Behemoth’s Nergal Comments On Decapitated Case

Behemoth frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski, no stranger to legal troubles (most famously running afoul of the Supreme Court in his native Poland for his controversial views on Christianity some years back), has spoken out about Decapitated’s arrest for kidnapping and the accusations of gang rape from a Washington woman. He basically tells everyone to just wait for the facts to come out in the case before you start judging.

Speaking on the matter via his Instragram and Facebook account Nergal states:

"Touring life may get crazy every now and then. I was not on the Decapitated bus. I didn’t talk to anyone and I do not know the other people involved. I don’t want to speculate but I have learned in both my personal life and in many years of touring that people are complicated. I personally have never forced anyone to have sex with me and there should be a NO TOLERANCE policy used in such cases, no question.
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Behemoth's Frontman Nergal Joins Slayer Onstage

Behemoth frontman Nergal joined Slayer onstage during the band's soundcheck August 17th before the show at the Kettlehouse Amphitheater in Bonner, MT to guest on "Evil Has No Boundaries". As a bonus you can also watch Nergal and Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe take part on their own in Slayer covering some AC/DC.

Fan-filmed footage of that can be found below.

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Behemoth Drummer Inferno Sitting Out Summer Tour

Drummer Inferno will be sitting out Behemoth's upcoming summer tour with Slayer and Lamb Of God. Ex-Job For A Cowboy drummer Jon Rice will be taking over drum duties in his place. Explains the band:

"Behemoth Legions! We must announce that our drummer, Inferno will not be taking part in the upcoming Slayer tour with Lamb of God.

"As much of a disappointment it is not to have our brother with us, we completely support Inferno in this amazing chapter of his life. Rest assured, we’re still bringing one HELL of a show with us and look forward to seeing our North American, Legions in full force!" More...

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Weekend Of Metal Festival Live Streams On Tap

Two of the most popular European festivals kick off this weekend - Graspop Metal Meetings in Belgium and Hellfest in France. Both will live stream selected acts starting today and through the weekend.

Among the confirmed acts set for the live stream (subject to change daily) at Graspop Metal Meetings: Melechesh, Rotting Christ, Axel Rudi Pell, Devildriver and Alestorm.

For Hellfest, you can witness (subject to change daily): Devin Townsend Project, Powerwolf, Behemoth, Obituary, In Flames, Saxon, Opeth, Metal Church and Coroner.

To check the schedule and two channels of live streaming (all times CET) from Graspop Metal Meetings, head on over to this location.

To check out live streaming from Hellfest (all times CET), head on over to this location. More...

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Me And That Man (Behemoth) Premieres NSFW Video

Me And That Man, featuring Behemoth frontman Nergal, has premiered the below NSFW video for the band's track "Magdalene".

Comments Nergal:

"Well…let’s say Jesus walked this earth. Let’s say he really was a leader of a new founded sect. And look around…every guru, every charismatic leader, they were surrounded by many gorgeous women of which I’m sure they took advantage of. More...

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Lamb Of God Lines Up Headlining Off Dates

Internationally-renowned outfit Lamb Of God was recently announced as support for headlining metal legends Slayer, along with fellow supporting death metal group Behemoth this summer. The six-week expedition will rage across North America beginning July 12th in Bemidji, MN, winding up in Phoenix, AZ on August 20th. Tickets are on sale now via this location.

In addition to these dates, Lamb Of God is today announcing select headline one-off dates throughout the Slayer tour. Behemoth will provide direct support during these special performances.

Stops include Grand Rapids, MI, Montreal, QC, St. Louis, MO and Salt Lake City, UT. See below for a full listing of confirmed shows and pick up tickets for the Lamb Of God headline dates starting this Friday, April 7th at 10am local time via Lamb Of God's website here.

7/12 Sanford Center, Bemidji, MN
7/13 Rock Fest 2017, Cadott, WI (Slayer and LAMB OF GOD on this bill)
7/15 Rock USA 2017, Ford Festival Park, Oshkosh, WI (Slayer and LAMB OF GOD on this bill)
17/6 Chicago Open Air Festival, Toyota Park, Chicago, IL (Slayer, LAMB OF GOD and Behemoth on this bill)
7/17 20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids, MI (LAMB OF GOD headline, Behemoth support, no Slayer)
7/18 Express Live!, Columbus, OH
7/20 Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh, NC
7/21 St. Augustine Amphitheater, St. Augustine, FL
7/23 Electric Factory Outdoors, Philadelphia, PA
7/24 M TELUS, Montreal, QC (LAMB OF GOD headline, Behemoth support, no Slayer)
7/25 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston, MA
7/27 Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
7/28 Pier Six Pavilion, Baltimore, MD
7/30 Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN
7/31 The Pageant, St. Louis, MO (LAMB OF GOD headline, Behemoth support, no Slayer) More...

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Slayer Posts Upcoming Tour Video Trailer

This is the cannot-miss-tour of the summer: Behemoth, Slayer, and Lamb Of God. The six-week expedition will rage across North America beginning July 12th in Bemidji, MN, winding up in Phoenix, AZ on August 20th.

Slayer and Lamb of God will also play Wisconsin's Rock Fest 2017 (7/13) and Rock USA 2017 (7/15), and then meet up with Behemoth at the Chicago Open Air Festival on July 16. A tour trailer can be seen below, and tickets are on sale now including VIP packages.

"As metal tours go, this is the one that your fellow metal heads will be bragging about if you miss it," said Slayer's Kerry King. "Not very often I get to go on tour where we are all friends to start. That being said, the potential for greatness at these events is mind blowing. I look forward to being apart of it and hanging with old friends - bands as well as fanatical fans. Let the festivities begin!" More...

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Behemoth Announces Tour With Slayer, Lamb Of God

Lamb Of God will support headlining metal legends Slayer, along with fellow supporting blackened death metal group Behemoth, on what is set to be this summer's most-anticipated heavy music tour.

The six-week expedition will rage across North America beginning July 12 in Bemidji, MN, winding up in Phoenix, AZ on August 20.

Slayer and Lamb Of God will also play Wisconsin's Rock Fest 2017 (7/13) and Rock USA 2017 (7/15), and then meet up with Behemoth at the Chicago Open Air Festival on July 16. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 3rd.

Kerry King of Slayer says, "As metal tours go, this is the one that your fellow metal heads will be bragging about if you miss it! Not very often I get to go on tour where we are all friends to start. That being said, the potential for greatness at these events is mind blowing. I look forward to being a part of it, and hanging with old friends - bands as well as fanatical fans! Let the festivities begin!" More...

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Chicago Open Air 2017 Announced

The second annual Chicago Open Air will bring together an all-star lineup on July 14th - 16th at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL just outside Chicago.

The three day music, craft beer, and food festival will feature over 40 performances, including Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, and Korn, along with Rob Zombie, Slayer, Godsmack, Stone Sour, Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Seether, Meshuggah, Anthrax, Clutch, Body Count, and many more.

Tickets for Chicago Open Air 2017 go on sale Friday, January 20tj at Noon CT right here. In addition to three days of nonstop rock, Chicago Open Air’s celebration of everything loud will also include local and regional cuisine, the Headbangers Bier Hall highlighting top brews from the region, other entertainment and fan experiences, and will be hosted by SiriusXM’s Jose Mangin. More...

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Nergal Launches Dark Blues / Country Project

Me And That Man - a new project from Behemoth's Nergal - will release debut album "Songs Of Love And Death" on March 24th through Cooking Vinyl. The album's lead single "My Church Is Black" launched today via the Lynchian video below.

The duo is fronted by Behemoth founder Nergal, paired by rock musician John Porter, and puts away any pre-conceived ideas about what heavy music should be with the release of this side project. The duo draws heavily on blues, country, and folk to make exceedingly dark music.

"Songs Of Love And Death" is a journey through sun-bleached, dusty plains, soundtracked by low-slung acoustic guitars and steeped in the rawest essence of rock and blues.

"This album is not meant to turn Me and That Man fans into Behemoth fans," Nergal notes. "If one day they follow, OK. Something like 'My Church Is Black' is a strong declaration, a song that naturally invites people from the extreme metal world, and perhaps they'll want to enter this world too. They might even like it. With Me and That Man, I'm telling simple stories in a simple way, not overloaded with metaphors and hidden meanings. It's just got to be as natural, organic and stripped down as it can be." More...

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Behemoth Kicks Off European Tour

With two dates already completely sold out, Behemoth tonight kicks off the second part of the "Europa Blasfemia" tour in Cologne, Germany.

This new multi-country trek also includes Secrets Of The Moon and Mgla in the supporting slots, with dates as follows:

2016-10-21 Esch-Sur-Alzette (Rockhal) LU
2016-10-22 Rennes (L'Etage) FR
2016-10-23 Toulouse (Le Bikini) FR
2016-10-25 Lisbon (Paradise Garage) PT
2016-10-26 Madrid (La Riviera) ES
2016-10-27 Barcelona (Razzmatazz 1) ES
2016-10-28 Lyon (Transbordeur) FR
2016-10-29 Luzern (Schuur) CH
2016-10-30 Strasbourg (La Laiterie) FR More...

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Amon Amarth Announces Shows With Testament

The Swedish heavy metal Vikings from Amon Amarth have announced the remaining dates of their massive European "Jomsviking" tour with new shows added in Sweden, Spain, Czech Republic & Hungary.

Joining as special guest in the UK, Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Spain and Portugal is the legendary Bay Area group Testament.

Testament's Eric Peterson comments: “With a heart of steel and rippling distant thunder, we are honoured to board the AA Viking ship and get ready to feast and plunder with them across Europe! Thor's hammering strikes shall lead the way! Skol!”

Poland’s Behemoth will be joining Amon Amarth for dates in Norway, Sweden, Finland & Denmark. Behemoth's Nergal states: “The last and only time we toured with Amon Amarth was over a decade ago when both our bands were conquering North America in a small shitty van. We are in a different place now and we are more then honoured to be sharing the stage with those Norse men again! Scandinavia, you have been warned!”

Also joining as support on all shows is Sweden’s epic Grand Magus. JB from Grand Magus declares, "Warriors of the north Atlantic! We are proud and excited to be part of this tour. Earth-shattering metal is coming your way. Amon Amarth, Testament/Behemoth, and Grand Magus on the same night! There will be headbanging, thrashing, and all around heaviness to fill all needs. Join us! Rejoice!” More...

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Behemoth's Nergal Shares Short Footage Of New Song

Adam "Nergal" Darski frontman/guitarist of Behemoth has shared some footage from the band’s ongoing writing sessions for their next release via his own personal Instagram account.

You can check it out below:

Magick is happening...! @behemothofficial

Ein von Adam Nergal Darski (@nergal69) gepostetes Video am


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Behemoth At Thalia Hall 4/29/2016

Behemoth always kick ass live. Always have, always will. “The Satanist” is Behemoth's best album, period. So when I heard that Behemoth were playing it in their entirety live, I simply had to go.

Of course, the venue was in an unfamiliar part of town where I had to take a bus that I'd never taken before after arriving at Union Station. A random guy on the street complimented my Fear Factory shirt while I got lost wandering around a four block radius looking for just the right street corner which was nice. It would have been nicer if I could actually figure out the right street address since the directions on Google Maps were kind of confusing since it couldn't pinpoint my location.

I reached the #60 bus stop right while I had a red light across the street from the bus. It was an eight minute wait if I didn't board ASAP despite knowing that I'd never be able to make it to the door in time without being run over. I made a run for it right as I got a green light and knocked on the door as the bus began to move. The driver asked if I was crazy. I relied with, “yeah, a little.” Being crazy may be dangerous but I can't complain since crazy gets me results. More...

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Behemoth Releases New Music Video

Behemoth has unveiled a fourth music video from latest album "The Satanist" in the form of "Ben Sahar."

The video is a sprawling sensory experience, complete with ambitious production and design that's become standard fair for the Polish band's clips. Check it out below.

"Ben Sahar" was directed by Sturla Vioar, Dariusz Szermanowicz, and Adam 'Nergal' Darski, with DOP Olafur Kiljan, props and costume designs by Sharon Eman / Toxic Visions, and VFX by Olafur Kiljan. The complete cast and credits can be found in the video's YouTube description.

Behemoth will also soon be touring North America alongside Myrkur and performing "The Satanist" in its entirety. Dates are available after the video.

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Behemoth Announces Tour With Secrets Of The Moon

Behemoth just finished the first part of the Europa Blasphemia Tour this past Sunday in Ljubljana. That leg of the tour led Behemoth through 15 different cities with 10 of the shows being completely sold out, and marked the biggest headline run in the band's history.

Frontman Nergal released the following statement to reach out to the fans and thank them for their endless dedication:

"First of all, I would like to send my deepest gratitude to our legions in Europe for making this tour so big and spectacular! You dedication and loyalty can not be underrated and we owe you big time! With such a strong package of amazing musicians and friends: Abbath, Entombed A.D. and Inquisition we were nothing short of unstoppable machine raging thru the old continent taking no prisoners on the way!

"What a tour! What a vibe! I can not hide my enthusiasm and will not… this was by far my FAVOURITE trek and most memorable of all the tours we've done. Period! Thanks goes to Dominik and Rock the Nation staff for always being at the top of things and for being...a family. Simple as that. Last but not least I must say that we have THE best road crew ever… or I should say: the best road WARRIORS. Respect and honour!"

Behemoth will commence touring Europe later this year, with the second part of the Europa Blasphemia Tour kicking off on October 20 in Wiesbaden, Germany. This upcoming trek features Mgla and Secrets Of The Moon as supporting acts. More...

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