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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 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:

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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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Slayer Announces North American Tour Dates

After making some of the most brutal, breathtakingly aggressive, all-hell's-a-breaking-loose music ever created, being one of the four bands that defined an entire musical genre and being the band that other heavy acts are measured against and aspire to... After nearly 37 years, releasing 12 studio albums, multiple live recordings, compilations, live video and two box sets, playing nearly 3000 concerts in all corners of the world, receiving countless awards including five Grammy nominations and two Grammy awards, Gold records and other accolades, having its own exhibit in the Smithsonian Institute, gracing hundreds of magazine covers, experiencing the devastating loss of a founding brother, and even appearing on "The Tonight Show," the age of Slayer, one of the greatest thrash/metal/punk bands of this or any age, is coming to an end.

Slayer announces that it will do one last concert tour around the globe to thank their fans for all of their support over the years, for making the last three-and-a-half decades so packed with good times and unforgettable experiences, and will then move on.

Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament will support Slayer on the first leg, North America, of its final world tour. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, January 26 at 10AM local time. Very limited Slayer onstage + meet & greet+ exclusive merchandise packages will be available. Log on to https://www.slayer.net for this and all ticket purchasing info. More...

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Slayer To Tour With Lamb Of God And Anthrax?

Rumours are spreading across the internet that a huge tour of North America will take place this Summer, which will see Slayer and Lamb Of God co-headline a trek which will also feature fellow thrash metal legends Anthrax and Testament, as well as Polish blackened death metal favourites, Behemoth. Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick and Lamb Of God vocalist Randy Blythe have both spoken of signing on for an exciting tour of North America and this, one would assume is it. More details including tour dates etc. will be revealed once this is confirmed.

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Nergal On Decapitated: "They Couldn’t Hurt A Fly”

This past September Behemoth frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski urged fans not to jump to conclusions regarding the arrest of fellow Polish death metal band Decapitated. All four members of the group had been arrested and were facing a potential trial on charges of rape and kidnapping. Last week however, all charges were dropped against the band, with the courting concern for the well-being of the alleged victim. Nergal has since spoken publicly on the case again via his Instagram, offering the following:

“4 months ago, Decapitated were accused of kidnap and gang rape – subsequently they were put in a County prison and later into a local jail…and the shit hit the fan! I recall the similar case of my friends from Satyricon/Keep of Kalessin who spent 2 months in a Canadian prison because someone accused them of rape.

It took 2 months of legal bureaucracy and the help of the Norwegian government to get them out. The accuser finally recanted the allegations, claiming it was a mistake. They never received compensation for financial losses or emotional trauma, just a brief apology and a document to prove their innocence (which they must always carry around with them).

Somehow, from the very beginning my intuition told me my friends from Decapitated would be just fine. Now, I’m not claiming to be a prophet but I’m an optimist and a good judge of character, I know these guys and I know they couldn’t/wouldn’t hurt a fly. They are now released and have had charges dropped (without prejudice).

It’s obviously a big relief to their families and friends, including myself. So…what’s next for their career after such severe defamation? What about their good name? What about their families? I hope they get their justice and strike back soon!!! And Justice For All? Well…not quite. But getting innocent people back home…HELL YES!

Last thing, friends – stay rational and reasonable and think carefully before you speak… and caste a stone at innocent people.
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Behemoth’s Live DVD Scheduled For A Spring Release

With some delay for technical reasons, Behemoth‘s upcoming live DVD/CD outing is now scheduled for a spring released. The band’s frontman Nergal confirmed the news yesterday, sharing a tease of the booklet for it via his Instagram.


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Behemoth’s “The Satanist” Has Gone Gold In Poland

Behemoth announce that their latest album, 2014’s “The Satanist“, has gone gold in their home Poland. The sales milestone represents 15,000 copies sold. Given the heavy influence that Christianity has in the country, achieving the milestone is a big accomplishment. Behemoth’s mainman Nergal issued the below statement on Instagram:


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MetalDays Announce Judas Priest As Main Headliner

MetalDays is excited to announce Judas Priest as main headliner for 2018. The Metal Gods are one of the most-requested bands by the festival’s loyal fan base and will make their MetalDays debut in Tolmin on July 26th 2018.

MetalDays 2018 full festival tickets and 1-day tickets for July 26th are on sale HERE

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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".

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"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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