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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 Cancels Canadian Summer Slaughter Dates

Behemoth has issued the following announcement about being forced to cancel their Canadian Summer Slaughter tour dates:

"Polish Blackened Death all stars Behemoth have been denied entry into Canada today to meet up with the Edmonton and Calgary stops of the Summer Slaughter tour. PLEASE NOTE BOTH EDMONTON AND CALGARY SUMMER SLAUGHTER SHOWS ARE STILL HAPPENING WITH HEADLINERS NECROPHAGIST AND SUFFOCATION! Immigration officers informed Behemoth of a new regulation regarding Polish citizens entering canada that had changed while the band was en route to the shows. With Canada Day and the 4th of July there was no way for them to obtain the last minute forms they required to enter the country. Here is the official statement from the band 'We couldn't be more devastated, having to cancel these shows is one of the worst things we have had to do as a band. Canada has always treated Behemoth well and we were still fired up from our show in Montreal and Toronto. We can't wait to get back to these cities as soon as possible, see you all in Spokane when we meet back up with the tour!'. Behemoth is still slated to play on this years Rockstar Mayhem Tour on the Hot Topic Stage here in the states."

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Behemoth Posts New Studio Video Diary Online

Behemoth has posted the fifth in the series of episodes documenting the making of their new record Evangelion. In the video, which can be viewed below, Nergal sits down to talk about about some of the featured guests and more of his thoughts on the album. More...

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Behemoth Posts New Single Online

Polish black metal group Behemoth has posted their new single online at their official Myspace page. You can check out the song, "Ov Fire And The Void" by clicking here. The song comes from the bands forthcoming new studio album, "Evangelion" which will be released in North America on August 11th through Metal Blade Records and in Europe on August 9th via Nuclear Blast Records.

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Ex Deo Streaming Entire New Album Online

EX DEO, the new Roman-themed super group led by Maurizio Iacono (KATAKLYSM), has uploaded their entire debut album on their Myspace page for streaming. “Romulus,” features guest appearances by Karl Sanders (NILE), Nergal (BEHEMOTH), Obsidian C. (KEEP OF KALESSIN) as well as the following recording line-up:

Maurizio Iacono (KATAKLYSM) - Vocals
Stephane Barbe (KATAKLYSM) - Guitars
J-F Dagenais (KATAKLYSM) - Guitars
Max Duhamel (KATAKLYSM) - Drums
Francois Mongrain (MARTYR) - Bass
Jonathan Leduc (BLACKGUARD) – Keyboards

“Romulus” will be released by Nuclear Blast Records on June 19th in Europe and June 30th in North America.

You can catch the band on tour this September as part of this years installment of Paganfest Europe. The latest Paganfest European tour dates are as follows: More...

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Behemoth Added To 3 Summer Slaughter Dates

Behemoth has been added to three Summer Slaughter dates in early July, playing alongside bands such as Necrophagist, Ensiferum, Darkest Hour, Winds of Plague, and more:

7/5 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite
7/6 - Calgary, AB @ The Whiskey
7/7 - Spokane, WA @ The Knitting Factory

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Behemoth Releases Track Information

Behemoth has released the track information for their 9th full length album entitled "Evangelion" on August 9th via Nuclear Blast in Europe and August 11th via Metal Blade in US. The digi-pack edition will include a bonus DVD with behind-the-scenes footage and expanded artwork. The album is currently being mixed at Musicbox Miloco Studios in London by Colin Richardson.

The track listing for the album is as follows:

01. Daimonos
02. Shemaforash
03. Ov Fire And The Void
04. Transmigrating Beyond Realms Ov Amenti
05. He Who Breeds Pestilence
06. The Seed Ov I
07. Alas, Lord Is Upon Me
08. Defiling Morality Ov Black God
09. Lucifer

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Cannibal Corpse Announces Big Contest

From a Metal Blade announcement:

"Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce the following CANNIBAL CORPSE contest in celebration of the band's upcoming gig, headlining the Hot Topic Stage of this year's Rockstar Mayhem Festival, which kicks off on July 10th in Sacramento, CA.

One Grand Prize winner will receive:
One (1) Autographed BC Rich IT Speed V guitar with EMG X-series 81/85 pickups and Twenty (20) packs of 'heavy' D'Addario strings
One (1) Cannibal Corpse T-Shirt
One (1) Cannibal Corpse Long Sleeve T-Shirt
One (1) Cannibal Corpse Hoodie
One (1) Cannibal Corpse Hat
One (1) Cannibal Corpse Patch
One (1) Cannibal Corpse "Limited Edition" Comic Book
One (1) "Evisceration Plague" CD w/ Autographed Booklet
One (1) Cannibal Corpse Poster Collection
One (1) Cannibal Corpse DVD Catalog (Includes 3 Full-length DVD's)
One (1) USB Flash Drive/Carabiner complete with Cannibal Corpse Audio Catalog

Five Runners-Up will receive:
One (1) "Evisceration Plague" CD w/ Autographed Booklet
One (1) Cannibal Corpse T-Shirt"

Fans can go here to sign up. A list of tour dates comes after the jump. More...

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Behemoth Posts New Studio Video Online

Polish black metal group Behemoth has posted a new video from the recording studio online. You can check it out below. The band will be releasing their new album, "Evangelion" on August 11th in North America, while Europe will see an earlier release date of August 7th. More...

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Behemoth Reveals "Evangelion" Artwork

Polish black metal outfit Behemoth has revealed the artwork for their forthcoming new studio album, "Evangelion." You can check it out below. The album will be released in Europe on August 7th through Nuclear Blast Records and in North America on August 11th via Metal Blade Records. More...

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Behemoth Finishes Tracking New Album

Behemoth have completed tracking their much anticipated new album, “Evangelion,” at Radio Gdansk in Poland.

Nergal is flying to UK on May 12th to join Colin Richardson who’s currently mixing the record at Miloco Studios, in London. More...

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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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