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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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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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...
Former Vader and Behemoth bassist Marcin "Novy" Nowak has become a member of the Polish thrash/death metal band Virgin Snatch. The band will be releasing it's fourth album on November 17th through Mystic Production which is entitled, "Act Of Grace."
Behemoth has posted a new music video online for the song "Inner Sanctum." You can check it out below.
The band will be releasing a seven track EP named "Ezkaton" on November 11th, which will feature a new song entitled, "Qadosh" along with live cuts and covers. More...
Behemoth has just officially confirmed dates for their first ever tour of Asia starting later this month.
Behemoth's mainman Nergal gave us his thoughts on this exciting news, "It's historical and we're totally psyched! We've pushed for this tour to happen for years. In fact, it was pretty frustrating seeing all those bands playing in Japan, one of the most exotic markets on the metal globe. It's even more thrilling to see China, Taiwan and Thailand in this schedule too. Seems like after completing these shows we'll have THE WHOLE metal world covered and we can officially close the promotional cycle for "The Apostasy."
The tour dates are as follows:
29.10 - Tokyo (Japan) "Music Exchange"
31.10 - Beijing (China) "MAO Livehouse"
01.11 - Taipei city (Taiwan) "VU Live House"
05.11 - Bangkok (Thailand) "Studio 125"
Imhotep's Roy Kristensen talked to Nergal during the Hole In The Sky festival on August 29, 2008. You can watch the two-part video interview below.
In related news, Behemoth's video for the song "At The Left Hand Ov God" and its producers – Grupa 13 - have been nominated for awards in 3 categories at the Yach Film Festival in Poland: Grand Prix, Direction and Montage. The results will be announced during the 17th edition of the prestigious polish videoclips festival – Yach Film Festival 2008 on the 9-12th of October. You can watch the video below.
As previously reported, Behemoth has announced that they will be releasing their new EP, "Ezkaton" in North America on November 11th. The EP will feature a brand new song entitled, "Qadosh" aswell as live tracks and re-recordings. More...
Behemoth has announced that they will be releasing their new EP, "Ezkaton" in North America on November 11th. The EP will feature a brand new song entitled, "Qadosh" aswell as live tracks and re-recordings. The disc will also feature covers of The Ramones song "I'm Not Jesus" and Masters Hammer's "Jama Pekel." The EP will be made available as a limited edition box set that will include four picture disc seven inches, a BEHEMOTH pendant and the CD all packaged in a deluxe box.
British technical metallers The Boy Will Drown are preparing to enter the studio to begin recording of their debut album.
The Boy Will Drown, who recently signed a multi-album, worldwide recording deal with Earache Records, are set to follow in the footsteps of their idols Decapitated and enter Hertz Studios in Bialystok, Poland to record their as-yet untitled debut album. The band are set to enter the studio on October 27th and will be holed up until November 13th.
Guitarist Liam Keel comments: "We really wanted to use Hertz because of their understanding of extreme music, which they have proven with bands like Decapitated, Hate and Behemoth. We want to achieve an extreme sound so the production will match the tunes."
Having only formed in 2006, The Boy Will Drown are currently regarded as one of the most flamboyant and intense bands in the UK. Playing a vicious blend of technical and experimental music based around grindcore and death metal, the band do everything in their power to mesmerize and pulverize the listener whilst simultaneously injecting an element of humor, fun and youth into their music.
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