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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 Premiere New Song & Music Video

Behemoth premiere a new song and music video "Wolves Ov Siberia", taken from their upcoming new album "I Loved You At Your Darkest", which will be out in stores October 5 via Metal Blade Records.

Check out now "Wolves Ov Siberia" below.

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Behemoth Frontman Explains Latest Video

In a recent interview with Headbanger's Lifestyle at the Alcatraz Festival in Belgium, Behemoth frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski commented on the band's latest video, "God = Dog" and explained some of the philosophy behind the song. You can watch the full interview below, along with some transcriptions which read as follows:

"Well, it's a very complex process, because it started with us making this photo session that was very religious-inspired — like religious topics, classic paintings from Caravaggio, Memling and others. We are actors in this… Basically, the whole booklet looks like that — it's all paintings, but they are reinterpreted by us. Pretty literal, so if I'm a crucified Jesus, I'm a crucified Jesus; I'm not Jesus with a dick out. It's not obnoxious in any way — it's very literal, it's very direct. And I think it's beautiful; it's aesthetically really stunning. Then we brought elements of that to that video, and we made it what it is."

Nergal elaborated further: "'God = Dog' is… There's some controversy about the title, but what can I say? From simple… Just inverse 'god' and it gives you 'dog,' and that's the most simplest way to explain the title, but, obviously, it goes deeper than this. It refers to Aleister Crowley's philosophy, and there's a quote from Book Of The Law which goes like that: 'Is a God to live in a dog? No! But the highest are of us.' And that's a part of it — it's a section of the song. And then again, go into the lyrics, make up your mind and build your own world there, because I don't wanna fucking spoil it." More...

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4 New Dates Added To Behemoth 2019 European Tour

Four new dates have been added to Behemoth‘s 2019 European/UK tour with At The Gates and Wolves In The Throne Room with shows in Prague, Oslo, Utrecht and Brussels having recently been revealed. The new schedule for that tour now runs as follows:

01/10 Frankfurt, GER – Batschkapp
01/11 Munich, GER – Tonhalle
01/12 Prague, CZE – Forum Karlin
01/13 Vienna, AUT – Arena
01/15 Zurich, SWI – Komplex 457
01/16 Milano, ITA – Alcatraz
01/17 Lyon, FRA – Le Transbordeur
01/18 Barceolna, SPA – Razzmatazz
01/19 Madrid, SPA – La Riviera
01/21 Toulouse, FRA – Le Bikini
01/22 Paris, FRA – Le Bataclan
01/23 Oberhausen, GER – Turbinenhalle
01/24 Berlin, GER – Huxleys
01/25 Copenhagen, DEN – Vega
01/26 Stockholm, SWE – Annexet
01/27 Oslo, NOR – Rockefeller
01/29 Helsinki, FIN – The Circus
01/30 Tampere, FIN – Pakkahuone
02/01 Hamburg, GER – Frosse Freiheit 36
02/02 Utrecht, NET – Tivoli
02/03 Brussels, BEL – AB
02/04 Esch-sur-Alzette, LUX – Rockhal
02/06 Bristol, UK – Motion
02/07 Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute
02/08 London, UK – O2 Forum Kentish Town
02/09 Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz
02/10 Dublin, IRE – Vicar Street
02/11 Glasgow, UK – QM Union

Behemoth will release their new album “I Loved You At Your Darkest” on October 05th.

An initial leg of that tour will take place in North America later this year: More...

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Behemoth Debut NSFW Music Video For “God = Dog”

Behemoth debut their new NSFW music video for their upcoming album’s first official single “God = Dog” streaming below.

On the touring front, the band announced a European/UK tour with At The Gates for early 2019. Dates for that trek run as follows: More...

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Behemoth Reveals New Album Details

"It doesn't get more blasphemous than this," declares Behemoth mastermind Nergal, about the band's upcoming album, "I Loved You At Your Darkest" - due out October 5th via Metal Blade Records (North America) / Nuclear Blast (Europe). While it certainly seems an unlikely title for a black metal band, its origin might surprise fans even more than the words themselves.

"It's a verse from the Bible," Nergal reveals. "It's actually a quote from Jesus Christ himself. For Behemoth to use it as the basis of our record, it's sacrilege to the extreme." More...

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At The Gates Announce Fall U.S. Headlining Shows

At The Gates announce some headlining off-dates with Wolves In The Throne Room during their fall North American run with Behemoth. Catch them live at the following shows:

10/19 San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
10/28 Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
10/31 Albany, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
11/05 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall (no Wolves In The Throne Room)
11/08 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
11/12 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s

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Monument Of Misanthropy To Open Brutal Assault 23

Monument Of Misanthropy announce they will be performing with Suicidal Tendencies at the warm-up party of this year's edition of Brutal Assault Festival in Jaroměř, Czech Republic. The warm-up party will take place on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Root, Gride and Beast Within The Sound will join them as support acts.

Time schedule for Tuesday August 7: More...

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Behemoth North American Tour Announced

Behemoth will return to North America for their ‘Ecclesia Diabolica America 2018 E.V. Tour‘ this fall with At The Gates and Wolves In The Throne Room as support acts. Comments frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski:

“I hereby announce Behemoth‘s triumphant return to the North American shores this fall. We will be in the noble company of At The Gates and Wolves In The Throne Room, who will be supporting us on our 11th opus.

Even though it’s only been a few moments since we played for you, our American legions, we cannot wait for this tour to start! It’s gonna be the first headlining run supporting new music and we are bringing all the artillery, which means the biggest production thus far! ‘Ecclesia Diabolica America 2018 e.v.‘ arrives soon and we want you to celebrate this sonic pandemonium with us!”

Below's where the trek will hit: More...

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Just For Fun

Watch: Behemoth Crash Lamb Of God's Show As Lambs

The first North American leg of Slayer‘s farewell tour came to a close this Wednesday, June 20th, in Austin, TX. Behemoth took part in the old tradition of pulling an end of tour prank. Below you can see what is supposedly members of the band and crew take to the stage as lambs during the set of Lamb Of God. Behemoth mainman Nergal shared the below footage via his Instagram:

U had it coming @lambofgod ...????????

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Ejected Fan Tried To Swim Back To Slayer Show

A fan attending the show of Slayer‘s farewell tour at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, on May 29th, attempted to swim his way back in to the concert after being removed from the venue. It was not disclosed as to why he was ejected.

As you’ll see in the below series of pics posted by Anthrax‘s Scott Ian, he was not successful with authorities apprehending him when he reached the shore and EMT’s tending to him for potential hypothermia.

Slayer are currently out on the first North American leg of their farewell tour with Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament as support acts.

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Behemoth Debut New Song “Wolves Ov Siberia” Live

Behemoth premiered a brand new song entitled “Wolves Of Siberia” live past weekend during their May 05th appearance at the ‘PULP Summer Slam‘ festival in Quezon City, Philippines. Fan-filmed footage of that can be seen below. Behemoth entered the studio earlier this year to start recording their eleventh full-length effort.

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Behemoth Debut New Music Video

Behemoth debut a music video for their track “O Father, O Satan, O Sun” from their release “The Satanist“. The band’s Blu-ray/DVD, “Messe Noire” also hit stores yesterday. That set features two live performances filmed back in 2016 along with other bonus extras. In other news Behemoth have been in the studio recently wrapping up work on their next full-length effort.

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Behemoth Post Second “Messe Noire” Trailer

Behemoth share a second trailer for their new live album, “Messe Noire“. That set captures two 2016 live performances with more details available HERE. Metal Blade will have it out in stores on April 13th on various formats. A new studio album from the band is also in the works.


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Behemoth Detail New Blu-ray/DVD “Messe Noire”

Behemoth‘s new live Blu-ray/DVD “Messe Noire” has been scheduled for an April 13th release date. The official trailer for the set is streaming below. The outing will be made available as a Blu-ray/CD combo, a DVD/CD combo, on vinyl and probably digitally as well.

It will run as follows: More...

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Behemoth Share Teaser For New Live DVD

Behemoth‘s new live DVD/CD set has been dubbed “Messe Noire“. It is expected out instores this spring with more details to come this Friday, February 23rd. Today you can take in a short teaser clip for the set below. The band themselves are currently in the studio finishing up their new effort scheduled for release later in the year.

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Behemoth’s Adam "Nergal" Darski Teases New Track

Behemoth continue to record their upcoming eleventh full-length effort with mainman Adam "Nergal" Darski having recently shared the below solo he has in the works for a song from it. Release details for the album have not been announced yet.

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Behemoth Tap Children’s Choir For New Album

Behemoth‘s upcoming new effort looks to feature a children’s choir singing blasphemous lyrics. You can watch the band’s frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski lead the kids through a rehearsal for the song below. Behemoth have been recording the album with Daniel Bergstrand (Dimmu Borgir, Meshuggah) and Haldor Grunberg behind the boards.

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Two Behemoth Albums To Receive Cassette Release

Behemoth‘s 2014 album “The Satanist” and its 2009 predecessor “Evangelion” will both receive limited edition cassette releases on February 27th through Oldschool Records.

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Behemoth Post New Studio Footage Of Vocal Sessions

Behemoth have been working on their new effort in the studio recently with the production team of Daniel Bergstrand (Dimmu Borgir, Meshuggah) and Haldor Grunberg behind the boards. Below you can see some newly shared footage of frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski laying down some vocals for the album:

Magick is happening...

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Slayer's Touring Partners Speak About Trek

Members of Lamb Of God, Behemoth, Testament and Anthrax have spoken about their upcoming tour of North America with Slayer, which is part of the headliner's, "End Of Days" farewell tour. Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe had this to say:

"If you are lucky enough to be invited to play even just once with living legends like Slayer, it's an incredible honor. Slayer gave Lamb Of God our very first two overseas shows. Slayer has subsequently taken us on several full-length tours, both at home and abroad. The guys in Slayer and their crew have also always been very, very cool to our band. It is irrefutable that Slayer helped create the genre of aggressive metal, and all modern bands of that ilk owe them a huge debt - I know we do. To be asked to be a part of their final tour - well, it just makes you stop and realize just how lucky you are. Hail Slayer! We'll see you on the road..."

Testament vocalist Chuck Billy added: "Sharing the stage with Slayer once again is going to be an honor, and to be a part of the final tour is going to be a special privilege for us. Slayer has influenced so many aggressive bands in their career. This tour will be an epic time for all who attend. Do yourself a favor and clear your calendars when this show comes to town. This will be your last chance to see a tour like this. Get ready North America for the devastation." More...

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