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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 Two New Music Videos

Polish blackened death metal trio Behemoth premiere two music videos for their latest track “The Deathless Sun“. The first "narrative version" features some NSFW content, while the performance version focuses more on the group’s musicians. “The Deathless Sun” arrives via YouTube and Spotify as the third single to debut ahead of the September 16th release date for the Behemoth’s twelfth studio full-length “Opvs Contra Natvram“.

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Behemoth Unveils "Off To War!" Video

Behemoth, Poland's overlords of extreme metal, have revealed another track from their forthcoming twelfth studio album, "Opvs Contra Natvram," out via Nuclear Blast on September 16. The latest single,"Off To War!," is a mission statement, accompanied by yet another evocative official video, the type that Behemoth excel at, directed by Påhl Sundström and Erik Sundström. Watch below.

Behemoth are non-conformists through and through, swimming against the tide. The new collection reflects this attitude: "Opvs Contra Natvram" is the sheer embodiment of rebellion, individuality, and unflinching self-expression, shaped by a literary worldview. It also reflects a musical evolution; there's little doubt that "Opvs Contra Natvram" is Behemoth's strongest and most sophisticated project to date.

Frontman and Behemoth visionary Adam "Nergal" Darski comments, "Militant times bring militant music… we're increasing the tempo with our new single, 'Off To War!' - one of my personal favorites from the new record. This song has a killer punk section, one of the greatest Behemoth leads of all time, and a nice extreme metal twist at the end. A true sonic tornado in times of confrontation - enjoy it, legions!!" More...

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North American Siege 2022 Tour

The North American Siege 2022 Tour, featuring Arch Enemy, Behemoth, Napalm Death, and Unto Others in 19 cities, wrapped up on Sunday night in Los Angeles. Arch Enemy and Behemoth traded places as the headliner. For the (Friday the 13th) night of May 13, 2022 in Berkeley, California at The UC Theatre, Arch Enemy finished off the evening.

The UC Theatre has a capacity of 1,400, and the show was sold out. During the Behemoth set, it felt like there were 2,000 in attendance as movement was near impossible. The UC Theatre is arranged in three tiers. Visibility is good from the bottom tier but only from the front third of each of the upper two tiers. Unfortunately, if you find yourself in the back of either of the upper two levels you will be watching the light show on the ceiling and not the bands (and this is true even if you are over 6 feet in height). Personally, I think they should reduce capacity/ticket sales by 10-20%. Other than those factors (and the $14 beers), it’s a great venue and metalheads appreciate the frequent metal acts the UC Theatre books.

The bands on this tour were quite diverse. The differences in music made it almost feel like a festival rather than a billing of similar bands. I can’t imagine anyone into metal who would be into all four bands or who would dislike all four either. There was something for everyone. From the way the audience came and went, it was apparent that some showed up for only one or two bands. More...

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Behemoth To Release New Album In September

Behemoth, the high priests of extreme metal, have announced their 12th studio album, "Opvs Contra Natvram" - their most thought-provoking and arresting collection to date. The album is set for release on September 16 via Nuclear Blast.

The 10 chapters of fury that make up "Opvs Contra Natvram" were written and recorded over the course of a very strange year for the globe - a situation which only heightened the level of craft seen in these 43 minutes and 15 seconds of searing wrath. As with previous studio outings, "Opvs…" was produced by Behemoth, with mixing handled by acclaimed studio legend Joe Barresi (Nine Inch Nails, Tool, QOTSA, Alice in Chains).

Renowned for his meticulous attention to detail and absolute creative control of Behemoth's world, frontman and band visionary, Adam "Nergal" Darski reveled in the depressurized environment afforded by the pandemic. It meant that for nearly the first time since the band's inception over 30 years ago, there was no deadline to observe, allowing for a nearly unprecedented level of attention to the process of writing and recording.

Beyond any confines of genre, Behemoth have grown to become nothing less than the personification of rebellion, individuality, and unflinching self-expression informed by a literate worldview and worldliness that's resulted in a locking of horns with everything from the mainstream press to the Polish Catholic church - most notably manifesting in Nergal's trial for blasphemy in 2010 that only served to expose the deep-seated hypocrisies that his music seeks to challenge.

"The album title means going against the current," Nergal states. "It's the negative of the values and morals and ethics that I stand against. I've seriously been wrestling with destructive tendencies in pop culture - cancel culture, social media, and tools which I feel are very dangerous weapons in the hands of people who are not competent to judge others. That's something which I find very destructive and disturbing - and extremely limiting coming from an artists' perspective. This is my middle finger to that. There's a song on the record called 'Neo-Spartacvs.' Spartacus was one of the most iconic rebels in history who went against the most powerful empire of all time. In the end, it's me screaming, 'I Am Spartacus, and so are you!' I want to spark that flame of rebellion. If something seems wrong then stand up to it!"

Pre-order or pre-save the album here, and watch the cinematic video for the first single, "Ov My Herculean Exile", directed by Zuzanna Plisz, below. More...

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Watch: Behemoth Premiere Brand New Track Live

Behemoth are back on the road and have been performinga brand new song from their forthcoming twelfth studio full-length live. That track is named “Ov My Herculean Exile” and fan-filmed footage of it being played live for the first time in Tempe, Arizona can be streamed now below.


You can catch the band live with Arch Enemy, Napalm Death and Unto Others on the below dates: More...

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Unto Others Premiere New Music Video "Heroin"

Portland, Oregon gothic metal band Unto Others premiered a new official music video for their track “Heroin” streaming via YouTube for you below. The group tapped Zev Deans (Ghost, Gojira) to prodcue the video.

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Ibaraki (Trivum, Emperor) Premieres New Track

Trivium mainman Matt Heafy premieres the new single “Ronin” from his black metal project Ibaraki.This particular song finds My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way guesting. Ibaraki features production and input from Emperor‘s Ihsahn.

The record also features guest appearances by Behemoth vocalist/guitarist Nergal and Ihsahn. A May 06th release has been scheduled for the debut full-lenth “Rashomon”.


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Ibaraki (Trivum, Emperor) Premiere Music Video

Trivium vocalist/guitarist Matt Heafy announce a May 06th release date via Nuclear Blast for his Ibaraki project's debut studio full-length “Rashomon“. The black metal-inspired project finds Heafy joined by Ihsahn (Emperor) taking over producer/contributor duties.

Behemoth's Nergal guests on their latest single and music video “Akumu“, streaming via YouTube now below.

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Arch Enemy To Tour With Behemoth And Napalm Death

This spring, Arch Enemy and Polish black metal titans Behemoth announce "The North American Siege 2022" tour! Set to kick off in April, the trek also features UK grind-core pioneers Napalm Death and heavy gothic rockers Unto Others as special guests. Behemoth will return to the states to co-headline.

Arch Enemy's Michael Amott (guitar) comments: "I honestly couldn't be more excited about having Arch Enemy join forces with Behemoth, Napalm Death and Unto Others for a run of dates through North America in 2022! A killer package of quality mayhem right there - can't fckn wait!"

Behemoth's front-man Nergal adds: "To say that we are dying to return on the road would be an understatement! In fact we’ve never been more hungry to reunite with our legions... not only to bring young of the hottest EXTREME METAL touring line-ups in a long time but also to bring you NEW Behemoth’s music! Rejoice!!!"

The North American Siege 2022 tour dates
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Behemoth Premiere New Live Video

Behemoth premiere a final live clip from their recently released live set “In Absentia Dei“. The footage featured on that effort was recorded last year and aired as a livestream event in September, 2020. “In Absentia Dei“ is out now in both physical and digital formats.

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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.


The below schedule and list of guest commentators have been announced for the series: More...

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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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