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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.
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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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:
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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...
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...
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."
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...
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...