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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 "Prometherion" Live Performance

Behemoth premiere their live video for “Prometherion” taken from their September 05th, 2020 online livestream event “In Absentia Dei“. That show took place at an abandoned church in Pisarzowice, Poland and will be released December 17th via Metal Blade.

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Behemoth Premiere Video “Christians To The Lions”

Behemoth celebrated the 30th anniversary of the band's existence this past weekend by streaming their ‘XXX Years Ov Blasphemy‘ online live show, featuring three separate sets performed in three different locations. A clip for “Christians To The Lions” from it taken from the group’s album “Thelema.6“ (2000), has premiered via YouTube, streaming for you below:


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Behemoth Premiere Live Video For "Bartzabel"

Another live video for “Bartzabel” from the upcoming home release of Behemoth‘s September 05th, 2020 livestreamed performance “In Absentia Dei“ has premiered online streaming via YouTube for you below. Metal Blade will have the set out on December 17th, 2021.

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Behemoth Announces "In Absentia Dei" Live Release

At the peak of the pandemic lockdown last year, Behemoth set the world on fire when they took over an abandoned church in rural Poland, bringing their truly spectacular production for a worldwide streaming event, which was lauded by rock media as one of the very best livestream events to date. After just over a year since the show’s premiere, "In Absentia Dei" returns in a range of deluxe formats for fans to relive the drama that took place on that fateful night in 2020. The live release is set to hit retailers on December 17 via Nuclear Blast.

Behemoth's frontman and visionary, Nergal states, "'In Absentia Dei' was a massive challenge and a huge risk, but it was a great artistic and commercial success. The response was absolutely brilliant - we made a statement with this performance and set the bar high. I hope that we can continue to raise the bar with the projects to come!"

The spectacular set opens with "Evoe", which you can watch below. More...

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Me And That Man To Release New Album In November

Behemoth mastermind Adam "Nergal" Darski has signed a menacing pact with the devil once again, returning with dark folk/blues/Americana influenced solo project Me And That Man’s third full-length studio album, "New Man, New Songs, Same Shit, Vol.2," on November 19, 2021 via Napalm Records.

Following the chart-breaking and critically acclaimed antecedent, "New Man, New Songs, Same Shit, Vol.1" (2020), the enthralling new offering follows the exciting path Nergal then set ablaze, once again featuring an abundance of heavy music icons – but this time, he takes it to a whole new level. Experience greats such as Gary Holt (Slayer, Exodus), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Mary Goore, Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God), Myrkur, Devin Townsend, David Vincent, Doug Blair (W.A.S.P), Hank von Hell (Turbonegro) and Olve "Abbath" Eikemo (Immortal, Abbath) intertwining with the album’s bewitching collection of occult anthems, marking another breathtaking symbiosis of unfiltered blues, gothic-laced folk, country essence and touch of evil you’ll swear was either beamed straight out of hell or the most blackened of churches.

To mark the album announcement, the devil himself opens a gloomy rift to the most sinister mass and unveils its first track and the official music video. "Got Your Tongue" feat. Chris Georgiadis (Turbowolf) showcases another facet of his juxtaposed project and fuels the fire for more!

Adam "Nergal" Darski on the new album:
"Here we go again, mother lovers! 'New Man, New Songs, Same Shit Volume 2.' You guys know the drill, I recruited the best of the best in heavy music to collaborate on some unique tracks me and the Polish, Italian and Ukrainian crew have been working on over the last 18 months. Once again, the result, amazing and the performances, inspired! Thank you, Comrades - Abbath, Alissa, Amalie, Anders, Blaze, Chris G, Chris H, David, Devin, Douglas, Frank, Gary, Hank, Jeff, Kris, M.Goore, Michale, Ralf and Randy. Who knows when we’ll get together to play these songs but I will try my best to make it happen! Enjoy it everyone!" More...

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Behemoth Premiere New NSFW Music Video

Behemoth close out their “I Loved You At Your Darkest” cycle with their final single and official music video “Shadows Ov Ea Cast Upon Golgotha” streaming via YouTube for you below.

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Anthrax Share 1st Episode Of Retrospective Series

In celebration of their 40th anniversary this year Anthrax officially kicked off a series of retrospective documentaries. The first episode is looking into their early formation and their 1984 debut album “Fistful Of Metal“ and can be watched via YouTube below.


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New Behemoth Album Expected In Fall 2021

Behemoth - arguably the biggest extreme metal band in the world – have extended and expanded their contract with Nuclear Blast, who will now distribute the group’s music worldwide outside of their home country. The group originally signed with Nuclear Blast Europe prior to the release of 2009’s "Evangelion," but their forthcoming album – which is tentatively set for an autumn 2021 release – will be their first to be released by the label outside of the Old Continent.

Formed in 1991 by then-teenage guitarist/vocalist Adam “Nergal” Darski, Behemoth shattered the glass ceiling of the European metal underground thanks to a combination of aggressive worldwide touring, fiery and theatrical live performances, visually captivating music videos and unwaveringly intense music. Albums such as Decibel Magazine Hall of Fame inductee "Demigod" (2005) and 2014’s "The Satanist" – hailed by Metal Hammer as the greatest extreme metal album of the 21st Century, and one of two Behemoth records to achieve gold-certified status in Poland – pushed blasphemous blackened death metal to heights previously thought unattainable. Those releases provided the group with no shortage of fierce ammunition to conquer all audiences in its path, whether in support of childhood heroes such as Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer and Danzig; on some of metal’s biggest festival stages around the globe; or more recently, in European arenas alongside fellow subversives Slipknot.

Despite numerous attempts to be silenced by Poland’s religious right, Behemoth has steadfastly refused to compromise, and Nergal believes that the best is yet to come. "Nuclear Blast has been a household name in metal for decades, and Behemoth has been part of that long and illustrious history," he says. "But now is about the future, and we look forward to beginning Behemoth’s next chapter with a refocused and revitalized team at Nuclear Blast!" More...

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Behemoth Frontman Fined By Polish Government

Behemoth frontman Adam Darski, better known as Nergal, has been convicted by a Polish court of "offending religious feelings." Subsequently, the musician has been fined PLN15000 (around $4000) but has indicated that he will appeal against the ruling. The so-called offence was pertaining to an Instagram post, in which the vocalist shared a picture of himself standing over a picture of the virgin Mary.

Nergal has previously been in trouble with the Polish system over such matters before. Previously, he faced a long and drawn out legal battle after he ripped up a bible on stage, for which he has found innocent, though a retrial was scheduled, it was eventually dismissed due to the statute of limitations.

The Polish government itself has been in the news a lot in recent years, owing to their ultra conservative positions, which has seen abortion almost completely outlawed, ordering historians to apologise to the relative of a former Polish mayor who gave up Jews to the Nazis, while reported anti-Semite Tomasz Rzymkowski has been appointed the deputy minister for education. The government's approach to the COVID-19 pandemic has also been criticised, after announcing that they will end their lockdown, despite over 5000 people a day being diagnosed with the illness since January.

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Behemoth Premiere New Song & Video "Evoe"

Behemoth premiere a new song and clip "Evoe" taken from the band's brand new EP "A Forest", which was released May 29th via Metal Blade Records.

Check out now "Evoe" below.

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Behemoth Premiere New Music Video

Behemoth premiere their cover of The Cure‘s “A Forest“, featuring a guest appearance from Shining (SWE) singer Niklas Kvarforth. An official music video for it is streaming via YouTube for you below. The single serves also as the title track to their impending new EP, out May 29th through Metal Blade Records.


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New Behemoth In 2020

Behemoth @ 2019 Roskilde Festival

Nergal not only announced new Behemoth, he also provided a sample of the new music coming in 2020. Check it out below. More...

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Behemoth Premiere NSFW Music Video “Rom 5:8”

Behemoth premiere another NSFW music video for their song “Rom 5:8” taken from their latest album, “I Loved You At Your Darkest“. The group share the video in celebration of their impending European/UK tour with Slipknot, which will kick off today in Dublin.

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Behemoth To Re-Release Latest Album

Having released their most gripping album to date I Loved You At Your Darkest, Behemoth return once again spread the word of the unholy. In January 2020, the band release the "I Loved You At Your Darkest Tour Edition" - an obsidian gem in their discography, including the "I Loved You At Your Darkest" track listing with brand new, alternate artwork by Nicola Samori; plus an exclusive BBC Radio 1 session and unreleased documentary Thou Darkest Art taken from the band's career affirming art gallery exhibition in London last year.

The songs recorded for BBC Radio 1 will be released as a digital download on January 10th - ahead of Behemoth's appearance on the coming Slipknot European tour. This digital EP foreshadows the I Loved You At Your Darkest Tour Edition.

To highlight the essence of what Behemoth represents on stage, the band has released a video for "Wolves Ov Siberia" - BBC Radio 1 session. The song recorded for Daniel P. Carter's BBC Radio 1 Rock Show is a refreshing look at Behemoth in a more natural setting away from their fire and chaos. Check out the stunning video of Poland's darkest force and watch "Wolves Ov Siberia" below. More...

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Judas Priest And Behemoth To Headline Bloodstock

The organisers of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival have confirmed that Polish blackened death metal veterans Behemoth and British heavy metal icons Judas Priest will be headlining the 2020 edition of the event on Saturday and Sunday respectively. The festival will take place from August 6th - 9th in Walton On Trent, Derbyshire.

The lineup is now as follows:

Devin Townsend
Behemoth
Judas Priest
Skindred
Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals
Paradise Lost
Gloryhammer
Vio-Lence
Dark Tranquility
Sacred Reich
The Black Dahlia Murder
Jinjer
Life Of Agony
Diamond Head
Butcher Babies More...

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Behemoth Premiere New NSFW Music Video

A brand new NSFW music video for Behemoth‘s song “Sabbath Mater” has premiered online streaming for you via YouTube below. The video was produced once again with Grupa 13 (Amon Amarth, Kreator).

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Behemoth Show: Couple Filmed Engaging In Oral Sex

A couple in the audience engaged in oral sex during Behemoth's set at past weekend’s ‘Roskilde Festival‘ in Denmark. The band's frontman Nergal has shared some footage of the act via his Instagram, commenting:

“Well, I’m no veteran but I’ve seen things. I’ve seen a lot… yesterday we wrapped up a festival season at the legendary Roskilde Festival in Denmark. The show was really good, pretty tight and with a passionate response from local viking squad. I’m happy to see ANY reaction to our music really. I’m good with anything but indifference.

I’m ok with a lil dose of violence, people throwing pieces of their wardrobe, ppl flipping me off, bulling me, girls showing titties… it’s ALL good! But in my almost 30 year carieer I’ve NEVER seen a couple making out right in front of stage in the epicenter of the fuckin’ pit! Holy shit!

Half naked lady was kneeling in front of half naked dude blowing him for good 5-10 minutes while he was raising fists and singing along to our love songs! How cool is that hm?!? It feels good to know that Behemoth is corrupting legions on soooo many levels!
LOVE IS THE LAW, DEPRAVATION LEVEL PRO ?? @devilutiondk”

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Well, I’m no veteran but I’ve seen things. I’ve seen a lot... yesterday we wrapped up a festival season at the legendary Roskilde Festival in Denmark. The show was really good, pretty tight and with a passionate response from local viking squad. I’m happy to see ANY reaction to our music really. I’m good with anything but indifference. I’m ok with a lil dose of violence, people throwing pieces of their wardrobe, ppl flipping me off, bulling me, girls showing titties... it’s ALL good! But in my almost 30 year carieer I’ve NEVER seen a couple making out right in front of stage in the epicenter of the fuckin’ pit! Holy shit! Half naked lady was kneeling in front of half naked dude blowing him for good 5-10 minutes while he was raising fists and singing along to our love songs! How cool is that hm?!? It feels good to know that Behemoth is corrupting legions on soooo many levels! LOVE IS THE LAW, DEPRAVATION LEVEL PRO ?? @devilutiondk

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Adam Nergal Darski (@nergal69) am

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Nova Rock 2019: Behemoth – Lamb Of God – Trivium

Nova Rock, Austria's largest and longest-running rock and metal summer festival of its kind celebrated its 15th Anniversary this year. Reason enough for Metalunderground.com writer and photographer Georg Wilfinger to visit the event and shoot some pictures, taking place June 13th through June 16th, 2019.

Below you can see George's personal extensive photo-recap of the event, scenery, and shows of his favourite bands taking place on the Pannonia Fields near Nickelsdorf:

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Nova Rock: Timetable And Festival App Revealed

Austrias' biggest rock and metal summer festival Nova Rock is about to celebrate its 15th anniversary this year. This year's edition will once again take place in the Pannonia Fields nearby the small village of Nickelsdorf, from June 13th through June 16th 2019.

The recently revealed timetable can be seen HERE

Also available now is the official Nova Rock festival app for iOS and Android.

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Slipknot, Slayer, Etc. Confirmed For Nova Rock

Austrias' biggest rock and metal summer festival Nova Rock is about to celebrate its 15th anniversary this year. 2019's edition will once again take place in the Pannonia Fields nearby the small village of Nickelsdorf, from June 13th through June 16th 2019, including the following so far confirmed metal related bands:

Slipknot, Slayer (final show in Austria), Amon Amarth, In Flames, Behemoth, Testament, Anthrax, Lamb Of God, Children Of Bodom, Rob Zombie, Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy, Sabaton, Godsmack, I Prevail, Amaranth, The Amity Affliction, Ministry, Within Temptation, Powerwolf, While She Sleeps, Bad Wolves, Dropkick Murphys, Trivium, Beartooth, Tesseract, Fever 333, Puddle Of Mudd, Papa Roach, All Faces Down, Infected Rain, Inglorious.

Tickets for the four days lasting festival can be ordered online HERE.

New this year for a safe and comfy stay at the camp ground: The "Grrrls Camping Area" which is only accessible for girls. Free registrations for this area are now open HERE.

Some festival trailers for the event can be streamed below:

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