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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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Canadian extremists KATAKLYSM have decided to cancel their upcoming UK/Iberia tour alongside friends BEHEMOTH, scheduled for next February.
Explains singer Maurizio Iacono, "First I'd like to say how crazy of a ride it's been since the release if ITAOD (In The Arms Of Devastation. We've done over 200 shows in less than two years... Nine tours across the world and meeting all our fans was the highlight. They made our last album the biggest and strongest to date.
It's been great, but the machine needs time off.
There's nothing more we like than to stay on the road non-stop, but we have to come to reality here and see that we need to take a breather, recharge our batteries and come back stronger then ever with a brand new album, because we will have to re-do this all over again in no time.
We didn't want to cancel the tour with Behemoth, but after much thought it was the right decision. J-F has to keep working through January on the new album, so he gets absolutely no break time, which isn't fair. Then we have to mix it in February, and we need to be here to supervise this new masterpiece we created for you guys.
Prevail is the priority for next year and it needs our full attention... But don't worry, we have A LOT of plans ahead of us, and we will be back in no time at all. Also this doesn't affect the New Zealand and Australian dates in late March, those will go ahead as planned.
Other than that, the band is doing great, Steph will be rejoining us for the last four shows of this tour with CHIMAIRA, which has been great. We got a couple more dates left, check our MySpace or website and come check us out, these will be the last dates til the next record comes out. I'd like to wish everyone out there some happy holidays with your loved ones."
The following bands have been confirmed for next year’s installment of the Summer Breeze festival, which is set to take place from August 14th to 16th in Dinkelsbühl, Germany:
BORN FROM PAIN
DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA
THE VISION BLEAK
The 2008 edition of Slovenia's Metalcamp festival (www.metalcamp.com) is scheduled to take place July 3rd - 9th in Tolmin.
The latest act confirmed is APOCALYPTICA.
Acts confirmed for the festival currently include: APOCALYPTICA, BEHEMOTH, BRAINSTORM, CATAMENIA, CELTIC FROST, DARK FORTRESS, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, HELLOWEEN, KATAKLYSM, MINISTRY, MYSTIC PROPHECY, PERSIHING MANKIND, RAGE, SKYFORGER, TANKARD, WINTERSUN.
More details to follow.
BEHEMOTH mainman Adam "Nergal" Darski has issued the following update:
"It feels great to finally be back in Poland, especially after spending the last eight months intensely touring across almost every corner of the globe. I'm very proud and satisfied at the same time: our live activities have never been so splendorous and prestigious. Now we're going to enjoy a well-deserved two week vacation before we hit the shores of Australia and New Zealand.
"We just completed our first co-headlining tour in the U.S. The Radio Rebellion tour was nothing but massive success. It was a real honor to share the stage with one of the best extreme metal acts in the scene now. Canada's BENEATH THE MASSACRE, France's GOJIRA and America's JOB FOR A COWBOY were not just awesome bands but also the nicest people to hang out and work with. It made this tour so much better. I'd never guessed this bill could pull so many people pretty much everywhere. It's a great reward for all these crazy years of working our asses off and pushing so hard. I'm so happy we finally managed to bring bigger production, all the new stage gear, lights, backdrops so finally people could get a taste of what the definitive BEHEMOTH performance should look like. Seeing big smiles on those people's faces every night they were leaving the venue assured me we did a good fuckin' job. I've also noticed that a big part of the crowd coming to the shows have been younger. Seems like there's whole new generation of people discovering extreme metal and it feels very refreshing. We wanna thank everyone who came down to the show. You made this tour one of the brightest moments of both, our career and life.
“This past year was probably the craziest year in my life. All the things would be happening at the same time: making of the record, all the technical and logistic problems, moving in to the new apartment, politicians trying to ban us in Poland and all the touring that started before the record was even finished. We've been working so fuckin' hard, there was more stress and nerves involved that ever. But at the same time I can't say we didn't have fun. We did. Sometimes maybe even too much, ha ha…in the end of the day, it was all worth it. It's also extremely satisfying to see 'The Apostasy' outselling 'Demigod' only a few months after its release. I'm still so fuckin' stoked that people loved the record that was even more extreme, diverse and technical than anything we've done before. Seems like everyone (fans, media, critics) really took notice and appreciate all the giant work we invested. All I can say is that it only encourages us to work even harder in the future. We have a very demanding schedule for next year and I advice you to sit tight and wait for some very exciting news coming early next year. There are some major plans in the works to create a perfect set up for our future activities.
"There's definitely going to be more touring next year. We'll be doing second European leg with KATAKLYSM and we‘ll visit all the markets we didn't make last time. We are also coming back to U.S. for another big tour around March. We'll be touring South America and possibly Japan (cross fingers!) in the spring. From there on we should take a long break, doing only off shows and occasional festivals. Next year we're going to focus on the next DVD, EP and new album. We already have some sick ideas but its way to early to reveal any details yet. You just have to wait and be surprised!"
A six-minute video clip documenting BEHEMOTH's recent touring madness can be viewed below. More...
KATAKLYSM have announced European and UK tour dates with BEHEMOTH, set for February. Vocalist Maurizio Iacono has issued the following statement via the band's official website:
"We were planning on coming back to the UK in 2008 since the dates went so well there and the crowds were so killer. Then we found out our friends in Behemoth were gonna be there at the same time as well, so we decided to join forces. The last run was intense as fuck, both bands feeding of each other's energy live every night. This time it won't be any different. I salute Nergal and Co. and wait for another killer run to arrive."
Confirmed dates are as follows:
1 - Hannover, Germany - Musikzentrum *
2 - Rotterdam, Holland - Baroeg
3 - Birmingham, UK - Barfly
4 - Glasgow, Scotland - Barfly
5 - Sheffield, UK - Corporation
6 - Portsmouth, UK - Wedgewood Rooms
7 - London, UK - Ulu
8 - Nantes, France - Olympic
9 - Irun, Spain - Tunk
10 - Vigo, Spain - A!
11 - Lisbon, Portugal - Cine Teatro de Corroios
12 - Faro, Portugal - Ass. Musicos de Faro
13 - Granada, Spain - Industrial Copera
14 - Madrid, Spain - Ritmo & Compas
15 - Barcelona, Spain - Apolo 2
16 - Limoges, France - CC John Lennon
17 - Paris, France - La Locomotive
18 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp *
19 - Jena, Germany - F-Haus *
* Kataklysm headline shows
Canada's BENEATH THE MASSACRE have been forced to pull out of the upcoming Radio Rebellion Tour show in Philadelphia due to a death in the family. Currently on the road as part of Converse and Hurley's Radio Rebellion Tour with Behemoth, Job For A Cowboy and labelmates Gojira, BENEATH THE MASSACRE recently returned to Canada for a handful of shows on the tour, receiving a great response. For a player featuring songs from each band on the tour, visit here.
Continuing to support the band's Prosthetic Records debut, Mechanics of Dysfunction, BENEATH THE MASSACRE has already toured North America several times, while early next year the band will make its first trek to Europe, alongside Misery Index and fellow Canadians Despised Icon. The band has also shot a video with director Kevin Custer (Madball, The Destro, Ligeia) for the track "Society's Disposable Son," which is available online at the Prosthetic Records YouTube page.
BENEATH THE MASSACRE on tour: More...
MINISTRY, BEHEMOTH, RAGE and KATAKLYSM are among the newly confirmed bands for the Metalcamp festival, set to take place July 3-9, 2008 in Tolmin, Slovenia. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
HEAVEN SHALL BURN
For more information, visit www.metalcamp.com.
BEHEMOTH mainman Adam "Nergal" Darski issued the following statement regarding the untimely death of DECAPITATED drummer Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka who passed away on November 2nd in a Russian hospital from injuries sustained in a recent road collision:
"It's still so abstract to me…I don't know what to say, don't know what to do. This morning's news brought a lot of pain in our lives and some reflections at the same time. We're not only missing a dear friend but also a great talent. It was so awesome to watch Decapitated growing bigger and bigger with every step they made. We just went off the stage in Denver, Colorado. Tonight we didn't play for ourselves; we didn't play for these people either. All we could do was to put up the best METAL show we could afford in honor of our friend. See you in the afterlife Vitek!"
Norwegian black metallers have 1349 have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Inferno metal festival, set to take place March 19-22, 2008 at the Rockefeller and John Dee venues in Oslo, Noway. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:
The full lineup will be announced at the Inferno kick-off party at John Dee on January 26, but a few more bands will be revealed before Christmas.
The organizers of the Inferno festival recently announced plans to expand the event to four days in in 2008, with the total number of scheduled performers going up from 30 to 40.
In other news, Inferno organizers are launching the third edition of Inferno Music Conference (IMC) in 2008. Promoters, journalists, designers, artists, managements, labels, venues, booking agencies, photographers are welcome. Registration will start September 1. It will be four days (to be announced soon) of metal industry featuring keynote speakers, panels, speed meeting sessions, listening sessions, meet-and-greet parties every evening, black metal bus sightseeing, Inferno Metal Expo and more.
For more information, visit www.infernofestival.net.
1349 released its third studio album, "Hellfire", in the U.S. in October 2005 via Candlelight Records. Recorded at Studio Studio in Nyhagen, Norway, "Hellfire" was supported by a North American tour with Swiss avant-garde metal pioneers CELTIC FROST.
BEHEMOTH and KRUX are the latest acts confirmed for the 2008 edition of the Inferno Festival which is being held in Oslo, Norway from March 19th-22nd at the following venues: Rockefeller, John Dee, Sentrum Scene, Garage, Maiden and Rock In. The confirmed lineup is now as follows: SATYRICON (headliners), DESTRUCTION TULUS and SHINING. The full schedule will be announced at their kick-off in January. The tickets for the 2008 edition of the festival are now available.
France's Hell Hina conducted an interview with BEHEMOTH mainman Adam "Nergal" Darski on October 14, 2007. Watch the interview in two parts below.
BEHEMOTH filmed video for the track "Prometherion" this past summer. Shot by acclaimed director Soren (ALL THAT REMAINS, UNEARTH), the clip is a frenetic, savage performance based video that perfectly showcases the band's unrelenting energy and uncompromising vision.
BEHEMOTH has teamed up with Glendale, AZ extreme metal unit JOB FOR A COWBOY for the 2007 "Radio Rebellion" tour, which kicked off last week. The tour affords the band the opportunity to perform a longer set in more intimate settings, ultimately providing fans with "the definitive BEHEMOTH experience". This is also a chance for the band to perform an array of songs from their highly acclaimed new offering, "The Apostasy", which debuted at #149 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
"We've toured U.S. ten times during last few years but we almost never had a chance to headline our own shows," Nergal stated. "These last few years have been about working our asses off in order to establish our name and build a solid foundation, and now it will finally pay off. It's high time for us to come back to North America and show our fans what a BEHEMOTH set with full production can be." More...
Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH filmed video for the track "Prometherion" this past summer. Shot by acclaimed director Soren (ALL THAT REMAINS, UNEARTH), the clip is a frenetic, savage performance based video that perfectly showcases the band's unrelenting energy and uncompromising vision. Watch the video here courtesy of Headbanger's Blog. (NOTE: Video stream is not available to non-U.S. residents.)
BEHEMOTH has teamed up with Glendale, AZ extreme metal unit JOB FOR A COWBOY for the 2007 "Radio Rebellion" tour, which kicked off last week. The tour affords the band the opportunity to perform a longer set in more intimate settings, ultimately providing fans with "the definitive BEHEMOTH experience". This is also a chance for the band to perform an array of songs from their highly acclaimed new offering, "The Apostasy", which debuted at #149 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. More...
After emerging as Ozzfest 2007’s most talked about act, Polish extreme metal titans Behemoth made their triumphant return to North America this week to strike fear into the hearts of the masses with their largest and most elaborate stage production yet. This month-long trek, dubbed the Radio Rebellion Tour, will see them co-headlining alongside Job For A Cowboy with Gojira and Beneath The Massacre in the support slots. Visit www.myspace.com/radiorebellion for complete tour dates.
Nergal (vocals, guitars) further comments: More...
I just wanted to mention that we've posted quite a few new photos in the photo gallery lately. Many of them have been posted after the initial tour report or without a special announcement so I wanted to draw some attention to the latest galleries including:
- Epica, Visions Of Atlantis, The Agonist and Unexpect From their NYC show
- Lamb Of God, Hatebreed, Behemoth, and 3 Inches of Blood on an Off-Fest 2007 date in Baltimore, MD
- Dimmu Borgir's Invaluable Darkness Tour stop in Tampa, FL
- Cthonic's Off-Fest date in St Paul, MN
- The Summer Slaughter tour stop in NYC
PS - I'm well aware that the gallery is due an update.
PPS - Coming soon - photos from the Viva La Bands tour in Baltimore with CKY, Gwar and Cradle of Filth
Polish extreme metal titans BEHEMOTH have lined up a string of dates in New Zealand and Australia in December.
Confirmed dates include:
7 - Subnine - Wellington, New Zealand
8 - Kings Arms - Auckland, New Zealand
11 - Amplifier Bar - Perth, Australia
12 - Fowlers Live - Adelaide, Australia (Lic /All Ages)
13 - The Arena - Brisbane, Australia
14 - The Gaelic Theatre - Sydney, Australia
15 - The Corner Hotel - Melbourne, Australia
Back in August, Behemoth completed their new video for the track 'Prometherion', shot by director Soren (ALL THAT REMAINS, UNEARTH).
Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH will play first on the Ozzfest second stage on Thursday, August 30 at the Sound Advice Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Florida (the final show of the Ozzfest 2007 tour) due to the fact that they have to catch a flight back to Poland later that same day. Doors open at 12:00 noon and the band starts playing at 12:30 p.m.
BEHEMOTH is scheduled to perform at the Route To Hell Festival in Caserta, Italy on Saturday, September 1.
BEHEMOTH recently completed its new video for the track "Prometherion", shot by acclaimed director Soren (ALL THAT REMAINS, UNEARTH). The clip is a frenetic, savage performance based video that perfectly showcases the band's unrelenting energy and uncompromising vision. Look for the video to be posted online next month.
BEHEMOTH will team up with be Glendale, AZ extreme metal unit JOB FOR A COWBOY for the 2007 "Radio Rebellion" tour beginning late October. The tour affords the band the opportunity to perform a longer set in more intimate settings, ultimately providing fans with "the definitive BEHEMOTH experience". This is also a chance for the band to perform an array of songs from their highly acclaimed new offering, "The Apostasy", which debuted at #149 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
"We've toured U.S. ten times during last few years but we almost never had a chance to headline our own shows," BEHEMOTH mainman Nergal states. "These last few years have been about working our asses off in order to establish our name and build a solid foundation, and now it will finally pay off. It's high time for us to come back to North America and show our fans what a BEHEMOTH set with full production can be."
Ofir Messer of Israel's Metalist Magazine recently conducted an interview with BEHEMOTH frontman Nergal. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
Metalist Magazine: From first impression of the new record, I can hear that you took a more primitive approach to your death metal, but on the other hand, you put in a lot of modern influences and components. How did this change come to be? Was it something intentional?
Nergal: Not really, I think that everything we did came naturally. We never sit down and decide "let's go this way or that way". I like what you said about the record, in a way, it's more barbaric, and especially when you hear the sound and everything, it feels like it's out of control. Then on the other hand, there's some distinct things going on there, like this bombastic militant, in times a more epic approach for the record. Like I said, there's more extreme atmosphere in this record: on one hand you have songs that are totally out of control, insane and drastic, and then you got songs that are groovier and more atmospheric. I think it's a cool balance; I personally get bored if the album is just brutal from the first second to last, or just fast, because at the end of the day it makes it slow with no dynamics. I think there are very good dynamics in "The Apostasy".
Metalist Magazine: Songs such as "Slave Shall Serve" from "Demigod" use a lot of ancient Middle Eastern religious terms, such as the Jins and Khem. What is your interest in our [Israel's] local history?
Nergal: To be honest, we are unlike NILE or MELECHESH and bands like that; BEHEMOTH is not really keen on history. If you look at our mythological names, and incantations and spells, I use them for certain reason, I use them to express my attitude, my opinion about something. I use this name [Nergal] just to strength that spirit... I find it very strong and very inspirational. If I use some of these names, they have power that channel through them, so I pretty much use them just as expression. You should treat them more as metaphors, that's why there's so many different things in our lyrics. With NILE it's just about Egypt and with MELECHESH its all about Sumerian... And then BEHEMOTH puts fucking everything, because everything I find and interests me in person, I just use it.
Metalist Magazine: You said before that you didn't mean intentionally to move BEHEMOTH from being a black metal band, to be a death metal one. What do you say or think about people who were fans of your earlier work and are not into your current incarnation or vise versa?
Nergal: When you see us live, you see a band that performs songs from the very early career, but then we play new songs that are from our new record. I think that with this band, to capture the whole of it, you don't have to divide our history into periods — you are black metal, you are death metal — it's just all categories, it's just all labels, we don't need that. I think it's all about quality and sincerity, and we are like that — I respect every single aspect of this band and every period is important for me. You can say that we are this, or we are that, but I don't really think it's necessary, I think that we, as a band and artistically, are beyond genres. I actually like that people have problems labeling BEHEMOTH... [Laughs]... I think that it's positive.
Metalist Magazine: It's been some time since your show here in Israel... what do you remember of that time, the show, your trip to northern Israel and such, in comparison to all the places you have been to so far around the world?
Nergal: Actually you should know that Israel is one of my favorite places. Personally I think you have one of the most kind and warmest crowds, and it's been the best show we ever played there. We played two shows, and I've been there three times... All three shows and this [last] one especially were awesome. I loved it; you can see that we had so much fun on stage. And the way people treat us there — we had a very warm welcome, it's just awesome.
I love coming back there also because of the weather, the climate; I love it since it's always nice. Besides that I also like the sights, and the whole historical approach, its just makes Israel the perfect place to visit, not just for show, but also as tourist. I would love to come back there again and if we get a chance in a couple of years we're defiantly going to take it, we're defiantly going to come back and play for you and we'll visit other places. I've already been to many places in Israel and I've even written a song about it, "Christgrinding Avenue" which is about Jesus Christ and Jerusalem. This time we visited "Har Megiddo", "Nazareth" and "Caesarea", and I was blown away. I love this country, man!
Metalist Magazine: How do you feel about performing in Ozzfest this year?
Nergal: Man, this is the dream... It's like a dream comes true, what can I say, I'm totally stroked, I'm excited to be part of this awesome tour, and sharing the stage with killer bands like LAMB OF GOD or HATEBREED... It's awesome. We're playing at the same festival with OZZY OSBOURNE, and delivering the craziest and most insane heavy music known to mankind to all this crowd who might not know what to expect from BEHEMOTH. It gives us more power, it's going to be crazy and I can't wait to start that tour!
Metal Injection.net has posted a brand new video interview with BENEATH THE MASSACRE frontman Elliot Desgagnes, which is available here, along with a live clip. The interview was conducted at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival earlier this spring, which marked the band's first show in America.
Continuing to support the band's full-length debut, Mechanics of Dysfunction, BENEATH THE MASSACRE will hit the road as a support act for labelmates THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD's headlining tour along with As Blood Runs Black and Ion Dissonance. Afterwards, BENEATH THE MASSACRE will then head out alongside Behemoth, Job For A Cowboy and labelmates GOJIRA this fall, having already shared the stage on tours with Animosity and the Summer Slaughter tour in support of Mechanics of Dysfunction.
Here are the latest BENEATH THE MASSACRE tour dates: More...
The following press release has been issued:
Hurley and Converse unite to present the 2007 "Radio Rebellion" Tour, a massive, twenty eight city North American trek that will showcase the cream of the crop of heavy music's rising stars from points across the globe. Co-headlining the tour will be Glendale, AZ extreme Metal unit JOB FOR A COWBOY and Polish Death Metal troupe BEHEMOTH.
The follow up to 2006's successful package tour of the same name, this year's planned jaunt sees the "Radio Rebellion" Tour upping the ante, especially in regards to the "heaviness factor", as the tour will grandstand two of underground Metal's most talked about rising artists in BEHEMOTH and JOB FOR A COWBOY. Support on the extreme expedition will be provided by highly regarded French band GOJIRA and Canadian technical Death Metal quartet BENEATH THE MASSACRE.
JOB FOR A COWBOY, who has seen a meteoric ascent unparrelled in recent Metal history, will continue to tour in support of its debut full-length album "Genesis". "Genesis" debuted at #54 on Billboard's Top 200 chart this past May, shifting nearly 13,000 units in it's first week of release and joined the initial releases from STONE SOUR and DAMAGEPLAN (which featured members of SLIPKNOT and PANTERA respectively) amongst the highest charting Metal debuts to crack Billboard's Top 200 since SLIPKNOT's 1999 self-titled album. Additionally. the band has earned a landslide of recent accolades including being named "Best Underground Band" at the 2007 Metal Hammer "Golden Gods Awards", one of Total Guitar's "Hottest Guitar Bands Of 2007", one of Alternative Press' 2007 "Bands You Need To Know" and one of Revolver's "Breakthrough Bands that will be Kicking Your Ass this Year".
Ozzfest breakthrough artists BEHEMOTH are extremely proud to be a part of the "Radio Rebellion" tour, which is the perfect follow up to their highly successful summer run. The tour affords the band the opportunity to perform a longer set in more intimate settings, ultimately providing fans with "the definitive BEHEMOTH experience". This is also a chance for the band to perform an array of songs from their highly acclaimed new offering, "The Apostasy", which debuted at #149 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. While most bands struggle to evolve and stay vital within the extreme music genre, BEHEMOTH has managed to do so effortlessly. "The Apostasy" is destined to continue their legacy.
"We've toured U.S. ten times during last few years but we almost never had a chance to headline our own shows," BEHEMOTH main man Nergal states. "These last few years have been about working our asses off in order to establish our name and build a solid foundation, and now it will finally pay off. It's high time for us to come back to North America and show our fans what a BEHEMOTH set with full production can be. I love all the bands that are joining us as there is a lot of quality and variety on the bill. I'm thrilled to tour with GOJIRA and JOB FOR A COWBOY is phenomenal! Extremely talented band. I can't think of a better company for us. We're bringing all our lights, a full stage production, and will be delivering at least an hour long set. We'll be playing old stuff as well as songs from 'The Apostasy'. The 'Radio Rebellion' Tour is going to be massive! See you there my friends!"
On the topic of the tour, JOB FOR A COWBOY founding member Ravi Bhadriraju comments: "To be a part of a tour along side some of the best acts from around the world is awesome. BEHEMOTH, GOJIRA and BENEATH THE MASSACRE are all from different countries and are all amazing bands. This will be the heaviest tour of the fall! We're excited and ready to hit the road yet again. All of you JOB FOR A COWBOY fans can expect a show that will be worth your while. Look out!"
In addition to Hurley and Converse, "Radio Rebellion" 2007 tour sponsors include Revolver Magazine, Smartpunk, Metal Blade Records, Ferret Music and Prosthetic Records.
"Radio Rebellion" Co-Founder Stewart Teggart comments, "We are very excited to launch this year's 'Rebellion Tour'. It will be 'Radio Rebellion' in the truest sense as we've assembled four of the most extreme bands in Heavy Metal. Each band on the tour this year hail from a different country and all of them have their own unique way of delivering brutally heavy music. If you are a fan of Metal, this tour is not to be missed! Radio Rebellion will be the microphone for the youth by delivering what the fans want to see and hear which is why sponsors with a similar frame of mind have been chosen to help support the tour."
Here are the confirmed dates for the tour:
Oct. 18 - Baltimore, MD - Ram's Head Live
Oct. 19 - Norfolk, VA - NorVa
Oct. 20 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Oct. 21 - Orlando, FL - House Of Blues
Oct. 22 - New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
Oct. 23 - Houston, TX - Meridian
Oct. 24 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
Oct. 26 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Oct. 27 - San Diego, CA - SOMA
Oct. 28 - Los Angeles, CA - House Of Blues
Oct. 29 - San Francisco, CA - Slims
Oct. 30 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
Oct. 31 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Nov. 2 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre
Nov. 3 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater
Nov. 4 - St. Louis, MO - Pops
Nov. 6 - Minneapolis, MN - Station Four
Nov. 7 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
Nov. 8 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
Nov. 9 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls
Nov. 10 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
Nov. 11 - Buffalo, NY - Infinity
Nov. 12 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
Nov. 13 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda
Nov. 15 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
Nov. 16 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
Nov. 17 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero Theatre
Nov. 18 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
Polish extreme metal titans BEHEMOTH's new album, "The Apostasy," debuted at #149 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. This entry also marks Century Media's fifth highest Billboard Top 200 debut.
This is a phenomenal feat for a band of this caliber and a further testament to their undying work ethic over the past few years throughout the US. The band will return to North America on a massive co-headlining tour this fall; details will follow in the coming weeks.
Nergal states: "I just received a phone call from our label telling me that we debuted at #149 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Well, let me say that this is not only a huge day for us, but for extreme metal as a whole. When we were arriving to the U.S. shores 4-5 years ago I would have never guessed that we would end up on the Billboard charts. We've invested so much in this band throughout the years and it's great to see it result in something this massive.
"However, this amazing accomplishment would not have been possible without the support of our die-hard U.S. fans and the great Century Media staff who helped bring us to this level. I'm seriously thrilled beyond belief and this is just the beginning. Horns up!"
Behemoth has already being hailed as this year's breakthrough artist due primarily to their unrelenting energy, savage brutality and uncompromising vision. The group go onstage at 4:15 PM everyday in the direct support, non-rotating slot right before second stage headliners HATEBREED, so fans can expect a lengthy set backed with their biggest stage production yet.
The group recently shot a new video for the track 'Prometherion' with acclaimed director Soren (All That Remains, Unearth). Look for it everywhere early next month.
While most bands struggle to evolve and stay vital within the extreme music genre, Behemoth manages to do so effortlessly. The Apostasy is destined to continue the legacy.