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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 Announces New Album Title As "Evangelion"

Front man Nergal of Polish metallers Behemoth has issued the following update about the name of the band's upcoming ninth studio album:

"I've had this title in my head for almost a year now and it grew on me. It sounds nothing but powerful and epic which perfectly mirrors the essence of the new album. Evangelion comes from a Greek word ‘Spreading the word of God' or ‘spreading the good news'...oh well, you already know that we love to play with the meanings and symbolism. We're here to show you our interpretation of what Evangelion really is."

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Behemoth Posts New Studio Footage Online

Polish black metal group Behemoth has posted the third in a series of videos chronicling the recording of their new studio album online. You can check it out below. The band is currently working in B Room of Radio Gdansk, tracking down solos and vocals with Jan Bryt behind the mixing board.

A message from bass player Orion reads as follows: "We're getting further and further with the work on this new album, the end is near! For bass tracks recording I used tested, verified and proven for years ESP basses and Sansamp preamplifier. Plus quite new in my arsenal – Marbass amp and cabinet. This time, there was less of searching and more of self-confidence, realizing very definite and precise goals in the matter of sound. Resolutely, it's the most efficient and conscious recording session of Behemoth!" More...

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Behemoth Issues New Album Recording Update

Behemoth has tapped Colin Richardson (Machine Head, Slipknot, Napalm Death, Carcass) to mix their new, as of yet untitled album due out late summer 2009. The CD is now being recorded in Radio Gdansk in Poland.

Behemoth's main man Nergal said in the press release: “I’m beyond excited about this new album. It’s not just the finest piece of music we’ve ever made, but it’s also the most mature tunes we’ve created without compromising our sound. I’m stoked about Colin Richardson involvement in the mix of the record. We’ve tried to book him for our last album The Apostasy, but due to busy schedule he wasn’t available then. He’s name needs no introduction. I have absolutely no doubts that Colin will deliver and I’m expecting new album to have the sound that’s bigger than life!”

Commented Colin: “Nergal has sent me three songs which are guitars/bass/drums live from the rehearsal room and the material sounds fantastic already. I am really looking forward to mixing this album. It’s going to be great mixing an extreme heavy band again, especially as it’s the mighty Behemoth.”

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Behemoth Announces 2009 Musikmesse Appearance

Behemoth has issued the following update about a signing session at the Musikmesse trade show in Germany:

"Behemoth’s Orion, Seth and Nergal will take part in a signing session at the the ESP booth on April 4 at the Musikmesse Frankfurt 2009 fair in Frankfurt, Germany. Signing will take place at 3.15 pm. For more information go here.

"Musikmesse is the world's leading trade fair for the world of music (similar to the U.S. NAMM show, which takes place in California). It showcases musical gear companies from around the globe. There you will find a complete range of products with everything required for making music, not to mention countless workshops, concerts, demonstrations and discussion events."

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Devildriver To Headline Thrash & Burn Tour

In addition to the recently announced tour dates, Devildriver will be headlining this summer's Thrash & Burn Tour.

Frontman Dez Fafara has laid out an outline of the band's rough itinerary into 2010:

"Sailors would say " tie a knot ", meaning tie yourself off to something and hold the fuck ON ! Here we GO. Literally! More...

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Behemoth Issues Recording Update

Behemoth has issued the following update about the recording process for their new album:

"Behemoth is close to finish tracking down guitars for their next, yet untitled album. This time Woytek and Slawek Wieslawscy from Studio Hertz are co-producing guitars.

“Works are in progress, everything is goin’ just smooth. We get along real fine and I believe we found a killer tone for each guitar!” comments Woytek Wieslawski.

“It’s been five days of recordings and we nailed 3 songs already. We lay down 3 rhythm guitars on each side, sometimes even more.” Adds Woytek’s brother, Slawek.

“We use Mesa Boogie Road King, Sammatone and Diezel Herbert. First two amps are used by Behemoth live so we are bringing some of this live vibe to the record too. Diezel is there just to spice up the overall sound…

“This is the most relaxing and at the same time most creative studio session I’ve ever been a part of. These guys are very effective and they work incredibly fast! Both are very anal bout details so now my guitars for the first time ever don’t sound sloppy haha. We found some fresh sounding guitar tones and mixed it up together… I’m using this new custom amp Sammatone that was built for me in US and it sounds just amazing! I’m a long time Mesa Boogie fan so I’m using Road King as a main sound. We mix it with Diezel Herbert. I’m sure there’s some new quality made here!” comments Nergal."

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Behemoth Posts Studio Video Online

Polish black metal act Behemoth are currently recording their brand new studio album to be released later this year. The band have posted a new video showing them recording the album which you can check out below. More...

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Behemoth Acquires New European Management

Polish black metal band Behemoth has issued the following update about acquiring new European management:

"We’re proud to announce that Rock The Nation has just signed a management contract with Behemoth and from now on will represent the band in the territory of Europe (excluding Poland).

"Commented Sinje, the head of RTN “We’re glad to welcome the diabolical brigade of front-demon Nergal, which is a solid locked bolt of titan not only on the map of Polish death metal, but also a predominant valuable of the international extreme music scene for years, on board of the RTN management!”

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Killswitch Engage Added To Rockstar Mayhem Tour

Killswitch Engage are the latest band to be confirmed for this summer's blockbuster Rockstar Energy Mayhem tour which will be co-headlined by Slayer and Marilyn Manson. Also on the bill will be All That Remains, Cannibal Corpse, God Forbid, Behemoth, Trivium, Bullet For My Valentine, Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel and Job For A Cowboy.

The tour dates are as follows:

July 10 -Marysville, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 11 - Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 12 - San Bernardino, CA @ Glen Helen Pavilion
July 14 - Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheater
July 17 - Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Pavilion
July 18 - Albuquerque, NM @ Journal Pavilion
July 19 - Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
July 21 - Kansas City, KS @ Sandstone Amphitheater
July 22 - St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 24 - Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheater
July 25 - Indianapolis, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Centre
July 26 - Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 28 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheater
July 29 - Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion
July 31 - Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
August 1 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Post Gazette Pavilion
August 2 - Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 4 - Boston, MA @ Tweeter Center
August 6 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Virginia Beach Amphitheater
August 7 - Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
August 8 - Hartford, CT @ New England Dodge Music Center
August 9 - Washington, DC @ Nissan Pavilion
August 11 - Tampa, FL @ Ford Amphitheatre
August 12 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
August 14 - Dallas, TX @ Superpages.com Center
August 15 - Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
August 16 - San Antonio, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

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Behemoth Enters The Studio

Polish black metal favourites Behemoth has entered the studio to begin work on a brand new studio album. New drummer Daniel Bergstrand comments: "The drums from beyond hell are miked up and ready to get whipped. I’m super happy with what we got so far... a lethal Polish bulldozer! I’m sure you guys will dig it! The drums are going to be tracked here in Radio Gdansk during next two weeks and after that I will start mixing them and get them ready for the final mix that will happen somewhere around May. We used 22 channels for the drums, it sounds very organic and natural and at the same time, VERY much in your face with a lot of attack. The room in this studio is amazing so the 2 ambience microphones that we've got are playing a big roll in the over all sound. Prepared to get blown away by the final result!!! Cheers!"

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Cannibal Corpse Wins "Greatest Death Metal Song"

Death metal legends Cannibal Corpse has won the award of "Greatest Death Metal Song Of All Time" for their staple track, "Hammer Smashed Face" in a poll on the German website Metal-Hammer.de. In second place was Swedish act Arch Enemy with their song, "We Will Rise" and third place was given to Death for the song "Crystal Mountain."

The full top ten is as follows:

1. Cannibal Corpse – ‘Hammer Smashed Face’ (TOMB OF THE MUTILATED, 1992)
2. Arch Enemy – ‘We Will Rise’ (ANTHEMS OF REBELLION, 2003)
3. Death – ‘Crystal Mountain’ (SYMBOLIC, 1995)
4. Amon Amarth – ‘Pursuit Of Vikings’ (FATE OF NORNS, 2004)
5. Vader – ‘Carnal’ (BLACK TO THE BLIND, 1997)
6. Sepultura – ‘Arise’ (ARISE, 1991)
7. Carcass – ‘Heartwork’ (HEARTWORK, 1993)
8. In Flames – ‘Only For The Weak’ (CLAYMAN, 2000)
9. Kataklysm – ‘In Shadows And Dust’ (SHADOWS & DUST, 2002)
10. Behemoth – ‘Christians To The Lions’ (THELEMA.6, 2000)

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Behemoth Frontman Speaks On Rockstar Mayhem Tour

Behemoth frontman, "Nergal" has posted his feelings on the bands appearance at this summers Rockstar Energy Mayhem festival. The post reads as follows: "I cannot find words to express the enthusiasm that literally blows us up! It’s a great ennoblement to be accompanied by Slayer and Marilyn Manson. This is the best reward that we could ever get after a dozen of years of hard work and wandering on various venues all over the world. I can promise that Behemoth will be at it’s best. We will play a cross-sectional set with some new material included!"

Behemoth will also support Slayer on a tour for three weeks before the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival.

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Slayer And Manson To Headline Rockstar Mayhem Tour

This years edition of the Rockstar Energy Mayhem festival will be co-headlined by Marilyn Manson and Slayer according to Revolver. Also on the main stage will be Bullet For My Valentine. There will also be a "Jagermeister stage" which boasts performances from Trivium, God Forbid and All That Remains, as well as the "Hot Topic stage" which features Cannibal Corpse, Behemoth, The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel and Job For A Cowboy.

The latest Rockstar Energy Mayhem 2009 tour dates are as follows: More...

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Kataklysm Announces Headlining European Tour Dates

Canadian metallers, KATAKLYSM, have just returned home from a sold out show at the Hard Rock Live in Mexico City, Mexico. The performance marked the groups first appearance in the country since 1995.

Vocalist Maurizio Iacono comments on the experience:

"Mexico blew our minds and was better than we ever expected! I’m so glad we took this chance and went there. The crowd was hungry and I think it was the loudest I’ve heard people chant our lyrics! We played songs off everything from ‘Sorcery’ to the latest record Prevail and it went great. We want to give a big thank you to Eyescream Productions and all the fans. We shall return!" More...

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Behemoth Posts First New "Making Of" Video

Behemoth has posted the first in a series of episodes documenting the making of the band's new album. The first video, which covers pre-production, can be viewed below.

As previously reported, Behemoth will enter the studio next month to record their new album. The band has not yet announced an album title but frontman Nergal says they have written roughly nine songs so far. The album is expected to be released this fall through Nuclear Blast Records. More...

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Behemoth To Enter The Studio Next Month

Polish black metal act Behemoth will enter the studio next month to record a brand new album. The band has not yet announced an album title but frontman "Nergal" says they have written roughly nine songs so far. The album is expected to be released this autumn through Nuclear Blast Records.

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Behemoth's Nergal Talks About Writing Process

Behemoth is in the final stages of the songwriting process for their upcoming, yet untitled album. The record is tentatively expected sometime in the fall via Metal Blade (US), Nuclear Blast (Europe). Nergal and Co. are planning to enter the studio in the middle of February. The band’s mainman has issued a following report:

“As I write this, we have seven songs that are completely written and arranged though there’s still leads missing in some of them. It all sounds tight as fuck and very fresh! There are two more songs under working so after New Year break we should start working on it. I want this album to be very consistent, intense and catchy at the same time. Judging by what what’s been composed so far, that’s exactly where we are with this new material.“

“Last year was a very productive year for all of us…we’ve toured US, Australia and New Zealand, covered most of prestigious festivals in Europe and invaded virgin markets in Asia: Japan, China, Taiwan, Indonesia and Thailand. It was also the first time since ages that I managed to take two months off from any band activity. I traveled a lot, recharged my batteries and decompressed myself. I’ve been collecting ideas, riffs and pieces of lyrics throughout the whole 2008 but it was in October where I seriously kicked my ass and started full on work on the album. It went pretty rough in the very first stages but the more stuff was written the smoother it went.”

“I must confess that I’m way more excited about this record than I was for “The Apostasy”. It’s probably the whole label situation that we had to deal back then, Inferno’s injury that caused crazy deadlines that completely drained the energy out of my system… I even started treating that album as unwanted child. Weird, because from time perspective it’s a great one. This time though everything was planned much in advanced. I found time to live my life, get some energy back, get inspired and so on…when we met in October it was obvious that all of us were really hungry for making new music. It’s definitely 100% Behemoth. I would risk saying that we do have our own style but it’s still improving, evolving in different directions every time we approach new project. Most of the songs are the really fast, technical and intense, at the same time there’s a lot of diversity. There’s even a very slow, massive song that’s probably the most epic tracks in Behemoth’s history. Everything sounds more serious and…dangerous (I love that word, ha ha). There’s probably more sinister vibe in our music this time too. I’m completely stoked and I just can’t wait until we enter the studio!”

A new photo album has been added to the band's MySpace, featuring shots from the rehearsal session.

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Behemoth Redesigns MySpace Page

Polish metal act Behemoth has issued the following update:

"Hail, I know I’m a bit late with this, but I present to you the new and improved Behemoth MySpace page. It’s based on the theme for the new release – EZKATON. (Get it while you can.)

"Let me know what you think and keep checking for updates."

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Slayer, Manson And More Rumoured For Rockstar Tour

The Rockstar Energy Mayhem tour will return next year and it looks like Marilyn Manson will surface to co-headline the event with Slayer. Also tapped for the bill are Trivium and Behemoth. More details will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.

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Behemoth Frontman, Nergal Posts Tour Recap

Nergal, frontman of Polish black metal band Behemoth has posted the following message online:

"I’m writing this while sitting and waiting for our flight back to Poland from Amsterdam. I’m slowly “digesting” this experience from past few days and even though it was quite a struggle, big smile comes up on my face... I can honestly say that we’re happy and satisfied.

"The tour kicked off in Japan and it went great. We waited for ages to come down there but for some reason there was never enough interest from either the labels or promoters to organize Behemoth show or even license any of our previous records. I seriously started thinking that we suck, ha ha.

"But things changed a lot with our last album The Apostasy that was picked up by JVC. Creative Man Agency from Tokyo along with The Flames Arts from Belarus joined forces to made the impossible possible: we finally landed in Japan! First impression was seriously striking, it’s such an exotic place…everything, cultural differences to architecture were vast, and I’m sure none of us have ever seen anything like that before. Our stay was planned and organized with every detail and most importantly the show itself went really smooth…we gathered around 400 kids and the feedback couldn’t be disappointing at all. Japanese are fuckin’ sick and can seriously kick ass! I’m happy to finally see some following we’re finally gaining in this part of the world and it can only keep us motivated. More...

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