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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.
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BEHEMOTH will release their first live album, "At the Arena ov Aion – Live Apostasy," in October 2008 via Regain Records.
The CD will be available as digibook (15 tracks) and metalbox, which includes a patch, a guitar pic and bonus songs.
Here is the "At the Arena ov Aion – Live Apostasy" track listing:
1. Rome 64 e.v.
2. Slaying The Prophets Ov Isa
3. Antichristian Phenomenon
5. From The Pagan Vastlands
6. Conquer All
8. Drum Solo
9. Slaves Shall Serve
10. As Above So Below
11. At The Left Hand Ov God
12. Summoning Ov The Ancient Ones
13. Christgrinding Avenue
14. Christians To The Lions
15. Sculpting The Throne Ov Seth
16. Decade Ov Therion
17. Chant For Eskaton 2000 e.v.
18. I Got Erection
19. Pure Evil & Hate
Swedish cult Metallers TYRANT are set to appear at the upcoming annual Hole In The Sky Festival happening from August 27th - 30th, 2008 in Bergen, Norway.
Here's the itinerary:
Wednesday 27/8 - Skinned Alive @ Garage
Thursday 28/8 - Metal Command @ Garage
3 Inches of Blood
Dead to This World
Behemoth's mainman has issued a following update on the European "festival season" and the band's exploits:
"So, we've started a festival season. Two very successful weekends behind us and I guess it's time for some reflection now. First of all, we are extremely excited to be part of some of the best open air events taking place this year. What a splendid way to close 'The Apostasy' touring cycle! Last week's Tuska and Graspop simply blew everything away. It's been years since we played both and it felt great to finally be back there and rock! I just came off the plane from Slovenia. It was the first time ever we played at Metalcamp and let me tell you something - this must have been the craziest and at the same time most memorable festival in our career! We started with 'Slaves Shall Serve' and everything went pretty fine even though the monitors sucked and the whole show seemed to be a bit chaotic - but somewhere halfway thru the set all hell broke loose. When the intro to 'Demigod' started the clouds went pitch black and shortly after heavy rain and thunderstorms begun. The stage was literally flooded, everything was in water including us, our armors, guitars, amps - everything. But seeing the crowd goin' completely berserk we obviously didn't even think of heading off. We'd still go on with 'Conquer All' even though the weather conditions were really awful - then our amps started blowing up one by one, till there was simply no way to continue… but yeah, it was hell of an experience. Seems like we pissed off someone up there ha ha.
"Thanks to all of you out there who stayed in the battlefield to the end! We WILL come back next year with a complete show, you have my word for that!
"We'll be coming back in August to do another round of festivals such as Party San, Summer Breeze, Brutal Assault, Hole In The Sky! Can't wait already - but before we do that we'll take some serious vacation, decompress and recharge batteries to come back fully refreshed and focused! Ha ha, yes, you read it right, WE ARE TAKING TIME OFF. A whole month – I'm not even sure how on earth am I gonna survive this. Anyway, stay tuned for more news. There are some killer releases coming out from Behemoth later this year. We've been workin' hard for last couple of months to prepare something really special and cool.
"Wait and be surprised! See ya next month!"
Make sure to catch the band on their festival tour this summer: More...
Part 2 of Contraband Candy's "Inferno Festival Special" is now online and ready to view. It features interviews by Behemoth, Gorgoroth, drummer extraordinaire Nick Barker and hot newcomers Den Saakaldte, plus lots of this unique festival flavour and some excerpts from the Inferno Conference featuring Tom Gabriel Fischer of Celtic Frost and ex-Mayhem front man Maniac of Skitliv.
This week’s episode of "UVTV’s Heavy Metal Podcast" continues our series of record label specials.This week’s featured label is CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS. Some of the bands highlighted on the show include DIVINE HERESY, HIMSA, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, and BEHEMOTH with live performances by STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, IN THIS MOMENT, NAPALM DEATH and GOD FORBID, just to name a few, in this video-packed episode.
Contraband Candy is wrapping up production on their first-ever all-original-material festival special. To get you in the mood, they've released an action-packed trailer on ContrabandCandy.com (also embedded below/after the jump). The preview/trailer features interviews with King of Gorgoroth and Sahg, Nergal of Behemoth, Maniac, once of Mayhem and now with blackened doom-punks Skitliv, the outrageous and controversial Kvarforth of Shining and loads more. More...
You can now check out Behemoth’s new video, for the song 'At The Left Hand Ov God' at Headbanger's Blog. The track is from band’s latest album, The Apostasy.
Silenoz from Norwegian black metallers DIMMU BORGIR spoke to BW&BK today while in Philadelphia, PA on "The Invaluable Darkness Tour - Part 2: Legions Of The Chosen Few" with BEHEMOTH and KEEP OF KALESSIN. The guitarist revealed that the band are going to be filming a third video from their latest album, "In Sorte Diaboli."
"We're going to do a third video in Los Angeles," says Silenoz. "We thought it would be cool to do a more upbeat song (from In Sorte Diaboli). There's a film team that have done other bands and it will be done professionally. We've been planning it for months, so when we get to Los Angeles it's all set." More...
BEHEMOTH have lined up some summer festival shows. These are going to be the final shows wrapping up The Apostasy touring cycle.
Commented Nergal: "We are stoked beyond belief! We've just confirmed a number of best summer festivals across Europe and I can't think of a better way to end the promotional campaign for our latest record.".
The dates are as follows:
31 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Neurotic Deathfest
21 - Casablanca, Morocco - Casa Gateways Festival
25 - Hove, Norway - Hove Festivalen
27 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Festival
28 - Helsinki, Finland - Tuska Open Air
5 - Arvika, Sweden - Arvika Festivalen
6 - Tolmin, Slovenia Metalcamp
9 - Bad Berka, Germany, Party.San Open Air
14 - Dinkelsbühl, Germany - Summer Breeze Open Air
15 - Jaromer, Czech Republic - Brutal Assault
29 - Bergen, Norway - Hole In The Sky Festival
27 - Essen, Germany - Asgard Festival
The complete lineup for the 10th Anniversary of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, set for weekend of April 25-27 at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachussetts has been confirmed.
The largest and most successful metal festival in the United States will be presented this year by ESP, Randall, EMG, exclusive magazine presenter Metal Maniacs Magazine, and "Summer Slaughter Tour" second stage sponsor Sumerian Records.
"When we first started, we never could have much this festival would have grown," said festival co-founder Scott Lee. "It started out of our love for metal and it’s been amazing to be able to share that with fans who love it as much as we do. It’s also gratifying to be able to give exposure to up-and-coming bands and watch them develop into international stars."
The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will present Gigantour featuring Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy and High on Fire on Friday night. Doors will open Friday at 4:30 p.m.
Saturday will kick off the full two-stage set up at 11:30 a.m. with for the Fallen Dreams, Veil of Maya, Trap Them, COCKPUNCH!, Xtryrantx, Winds of Plague, From A Second Story Window, Soilent Green, Arsis, Sleeping Giant, Stick to Your Guns, First Blood, Disfear, Municipal Waste, The Ghost Inside, Embrace the End, The End, Keep Of Kalessin, Monstrosity, Skeletonwitch, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Animosity, As Blood Runs Black, Heaven Shall Burn, Vital Remains, Kataklysm, Hate Eternal, The Acacia Strain, Overkill, Behemoth, Shadows Fall, and Dimmu Borgir.
Sunday’s lineup includes Classic Struggle, Stray from the Path, Waking the Cadaver, Unholy, Cold World, Recon, Elysia, Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, On Broken Wings, Dead to Fall, Full Blown Chaos, Ligeia, Since the Flood, Shai Hulud, Hemlock, After the Burial, Unexpect, Thy Will Be Done, Born of Osiris, Impending Doom, Kid Deposit Triumph, Vanna, Emmure, A Life Once Lost, Despised Icon, God Forbid, Eluveitie, Tyr, Turisas, Ensiferum, Nevermore, Meshuggah, and Ministry. The show will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.
The full schedule of set times will be announced soon.
The festival will also host the popular vendor area, where fans can pick up an assortment of rare CDs, t-shirts, and other memorabilia. Artists performing at the show will be on hand for meet and greets throughout the three days.
The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Metal Edge Magazine, Monster Energy, All In Merchandise, 518 Prints, MTV’s Headbanger’s Blog, The Syndicate, Mazur PR, Heavy Hitter, Scott Lee Clothing, and many more to be announced.
Tickets are $47.50 for Friday, $45 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, or $129 for a three-day pass.
Tickets are available at all Strawberries and FYE Stores, online at tickets.com and enterthevault.com, or by calling 1-800-477-6849.
The Palladium is located at 261 Main Street in Worcester, MA.
Quebec-based dark metallers NECRONOMICON have issued the following update:
"We are happy to anounce the extras on the Return Of The Witch album have been recorded. Extras featured include: Arianne Fleury (ex-AUGURY) and Roxanne Constantin (NEGATIVA, QUO VADIS) and others. Rob the Witch's (guitars, vocals) recovery from a throat injury is going well. A minor infection is still on and off but everything should be good for the April 3rd show at the Metropolis in Montreal [with DIMMU BORGIR and BEHEMOTH]. Some tests will be done this weekend while Rob will be recording his vocal tracks on the album. If everything is good the band should be ready to mix really soon. Scheduled for first week of April, the entire crew and of course the producer as well as the band will meet on the set for the video clip of 'The Time Is Now' to talk about the last details before setting the official date of shooting."
Norway’s KEEP OF KALESSIN have announced June 10th as the North American release date for the band’s “Kolossus” release. This will be hot on the heals of their tour with DIMMU BORGIR and BEHEMOTH (dubbed the “Invaluable Darkness Tour Part 2”) happening this April into early May. Founding guitarist Obsidian C. had this to say about the bands new North American activity:
“We're very excited about finally touring the US after 13 years in the band's existence. Being support for juggernauts as DIMMU BORGIR and BEHEMOTH just makes this a unique opportunity for KEEP OF KALESSIN to show ourselves to the US audience.
"Also, the partnership with NUCLEAR BLAST will prove invaluable for the band's conquering of America and will definitely prove to be the highlight in our career so far!”
Here are the latest Invaluable Darkness 2 tour dates, featuring Dimmu Borgir, Behemoth and Keep Of Kalessin: More...
Polish metal titans BEHEMOTH report:
"Never one known to rest on their laurels, the Polish killing machine Behemoth raises the bar once again with their bombastic new video 'At The Left Hand Ov God', which provides them the perfect visual forum to convey their over-the-top ideals.
This is pure blasphemy at it's finest and it is just another step closer to solidifying their spot as the genre's most dangerous and unrelenting force. The clip was produced by acclaimed Polish director Dariusz Szermanowicz and Group 13." An eye-popping trailer can be seen below...
In other news, the band has just finished the second leg of their European Apostasy tour, which covered the UK, France, Spain and Portugal.
Nergal (vocals, guitars) states: “We’ve just returned home, exhausted but satisfied! It was extremely successful trek I have to say. Shows in London, Lisbon, Limoges and Nantes in France and especially the one in Paris, which we filmed for upcoming DVD were probably our best performances EVER. I’m so fuckin’ happy we managed to catch that memorable night on cameras, so we can share it with fans in the near future. Also, I’d like to send my regards to both opening bands: Suicide Silence and Devilish Impressions for being great companions. We are taking some time off now to enjoy a few weeks of well deserved rest before we hit the road again. The Inferno Festival and North American tour await. Get ready for some more darkness to come!”
Behemoth are set to make their much anticipated return to North America this spring on The Invaluable Darkness Tour Part 2 as direct support to DIMMU BORGIR. The month-long trek, which kicks off on April 2nd, also features KEEP OF KALESSIN in the support slot and marks Behemoth's third stateside run in support of The Apostasy. More...
ARCH ENEMY, SYMPHONY X, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BLACK STONE CHERRY, THROWDOWN and BLEEDING THROUGH have just been confirmed for the Graspop Metal Meeting which is set to take place June 27th - 29th at De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.
Confirmed acts now include: ALCHEMIST, APOCALYPTICA, ARCH ENEMY, AT THE GATES, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, BEHEMOTH, BLACK STONE CHERRY, BLEEDING THROUGH, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, COMEBACK KID, DEATHSTARS, DEF LEPPARD, DYING FETUS, FORBIDDEN, HELMET, HOLLENTHON, ICED EARTH, IMMORTAL, IN FLAMES, IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, KORPIKLAANI, MADBALL, MINISTRY, MORBID ANGEL, MY DYING BRIDE, NILE, NOVEMBERS DOOM, OBITUARY, OPETH, PRIMORDIAL, ROSE TATTOO, ROTTING CHRIST, SABATON, SAXON, SOILWORK, SONATA ARCTICA, SYMPHONY X, TESTAMENT, 36 CRAZYFISTS, THROWDOWN, VOLBEAT, WHITESNAKE and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN.
Behemoth has recently finished filming their new video for the song "At The Left Hand Ov God." The clip was produced by acclaimed Polish director Dariusz Szermanowicz and Group 13. The making of the video has been posted at this location. Also, photos from the video shoot are availabe at www.behemoth.pl in the Visuals/Misc section.
In other news, the band has just finished their second leg of their "European Apostasy" tour which covered UK, France, Spain and Portugal.
The band comments: "We've just come back home...Exhausted but satisfied! It was extremely successful trek I have to say. Shows in London, Lisbon, Limoges and Nantes in France and especially the one in Paris, which we filmed for upcoming DVD were probably our best performances EVER. I'm so fuckin' happy we managed to catch that memorable night on cameras, so we can share it with fans in the nearest future! Also, I'd like to send my regards to both opening bands: Suicide Silence and Devilish Impressions for being great companions! We are taking some time off now, enjoy few weeks of well deserved rest before we hit the road again...Inferno festival and US tour are next! Get ready for some more darkness to come!"
Behemoth are set to make their much anticipated return to North America this spring on "The Invaluable Darkness Tour Part 2" with Dimmu Borgir. The month-long trek, which kicks off on April 2, also features Keep of Kalessin.
BEHEMOTH frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski, JOB FOR A COWBOY singer Jonny Davy and guitarist Bobby Thompson and GOJIRA frontman Joseph Duplantier — who joined forces last fall for the Radio Rebellion tour — sat down with Headbanger's Blog for a roundtable discussion about all things metal.
In the first of three daily posts, they talked about how radio metal is an oxymoron and how bands that don't get radio play can make a living. Check out the links below.
This year will mark the tenth anniversary of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, the largest and most successful metal festival in the United States.
This year’s show, presented by ESP, Randall, EMG, and exclusive magazine presenter Metal Maniacs Magazine, will take place the weekend of April 25-27 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., its home since its inception. Sumerian Records will sponsor the “Summer Slaughter Tour” second stage.
The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will present Gigantour featuring Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy and High on Fire on Friday night. Saturday will be headlined by Dimmu Borgir, Shadows Fall, and Behemoth. Ministry, Meshuggah, and Nevermore will close out the festival on Sunday night.
Other bands scheduled to perform include: A Life Once Lost, The Acacia Strain, After the Burial, Animosity, As Blood Runs Black, Belay My Last, Born of Osiris, Braindrill, Classic Struggle, Cockpunch!, Cold World, Dead to Fall, Demiricous, Dillinger Escape Plan, Disfear, Eluveitie, Elysia, Embrace the End, Emmure, The End, Ensiferum, First Blood, From a Second Story Window, Full Blown Chaos, The Ghost Inside, God Forbid, Hate Eternal, Hemlock, High on Fire, Impending Doom, Job for a Cowboy, Keep Of Kalessin, Kid Deposit Triumph, Ligeia, Mensrea, Monstrosity, Municipal Waste, On Broken Wings, Overkill, Recon, Red I Flight, Rhinoceros, Shai Halud, Shipwreck a.d., Since the Flood, Skeletonwitch, Sleeping Giant, Soilent Green, Sons of Azrael, Stick to Your Guns, Stray from the Path, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, Trap Them, Turisas, Tyr, Unexpect, Unholy, Vanna, Veil of Maya, Vital Remains, Waking the Cadaver, Winds of Plague, Withered, and Xtyrantx.
The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Metal Edge Magazine, Monster Energy, All In Merchandise, 518 Prints, The Syndicate, Mazur PR, Heavy Hitter, Scott Lee Clothing, and many more to be announced.
Tickets go on sale Friday, February 15 at 10 a.m. EST. The cost is $47.50 for Friday, $45 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, or $129 for a three-day pass. Tickets available at all Strawberries / FYE Stores, by calling (800) 477-6849 or online at tickets.com.
Polish black/death metallers BEHEMOTH are set to make their much anticipated return to North America this spring on "The Invaluable Darkness Tour Part 2" as direct support to DIMMU BORGIR. The month-long trek, which kicks off on April 2, also features KEEP OF KALESSIN in the support slot and marks BEHEMOTH's third stateside run in support of "The Apostasy".
Commented BEHEMOTH vocalist/guitarist Adam "Nergal" Darski: "We've always been big DIMMU fans, plus I've known the guys since early '90s and we've remained friends ever since. Silenoz (DIMMU BORGIR guitarist) and I have been thinking about putting together this package for a long time now. The idea was to create the most lethal bill and bring evil back to States! For BEHEMOTH it's gonna be the last tour of North American for 'The Apostasy' touring cycle. I'm stoked. I'm more than sure that fans will totally dig this package. We've got some surprises ready for this event, so hopefully you are all ready for it."
He added, "We just finished shooting a video for another song from 'The Apostasy'. Picking 'At The Left Hand Ov God' as our next single seemed to be a natural choice. We wanted to do something new and refreshing. This is the most epic clip we've ever done. Darek Szczepanski from Group 13, a company based in Wroclaw, Poland, was in charge for the production. We had 20 people working for us for two days, 15 hours straight. Sit tight and get ready for something huge and disturbing!"
As previously reported, BEHEMOTH will film its February 17, 2008 concert at La Locomotive in Paris, France for an upcoming DVD.
Commented Nergal: "I've been thinking about this DVD for a long time now. Our last release, 'Crush.Fukk.Create', seems to be pretty outdated. We've released two records in new lineup since then, we've toured the world few times and definitely grew as a band and developed our stage show. It's time for something fresh and exciting! We've managed to collect over 100 tapes documenting all the touring for our last two records. Some of the most insane footage was caught there. Fall/winter release on Regain Records is planned.”
BEHEMOTH recently inked new deals with Nuclear Blast Records (Europe) and Metal Blade Records (USA).
Ryszard Nowak, who heads the All-Polish Committee for Defence against Sects, has reportedly registered an official complaint with the authorities in Poland regarding a BEHEMOTH concert that took place in the Polish city of Gdynia in September 2007 that included the destruction of a Bible by the band's leader, vocalist/guitarist Adam "Nergal" Darski. During a break in the show, Nergal apparently called the Catholic Church "the most murderous cult on the planet" before tearing up the Bible, stating, "they call it the Holy Book, I call this the book of lies. Fuck the shit, fuck the hypocrisy."
Fan-filmed video footage of the incident can be viewed below (the Bible-tearing takes place around the 45-second mark).
Nowak is no stranger to controversy, having previously compiled a list of artists who allegedly "promote Satanism" through their music and distributed it to various Polish officials in an attempt to get the artists banned from performing in Poland.
It is not presently clear if any action will be taken against Nergal, who previously stated about Nowak's efforts to get BEHEMOTH banned from performing in the group's home country, "I am shocked; this must be some kind of joke. We've been touring around the whole world — United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Russia — and we've not had any problems anywhere. I am surprised that we are being judged by our appearance and that no one even took the time to contact us and ask us what our music is all about. Other than that, come on — there are enough serious matters to be dealt with in Poland! The authorities would be better off spending their time on things that really need to be improved and taken care of." More...
Korpiklaani have been confirmed for this year’s Metal Camp Festival set to take place July 3rd to 9th in Tolmin, Slovenia.
Other bands to appear include Behemoth, In Flames, Rage, Soilwork, Apocalyptica, Ministry, Kataklysm and Wintersun.