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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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Frontman Nergal of Polish black/death metallers BEHEMOTH has posted the following message on the band's official website:
"This tour has been great success for us. Every night we play in front of 1000-2000 people which is nothing but awesome! Being the most extreme band on the bill makes it really challenging but all I can say after doing 17 shows is that we definitely managed to conquer most of those crowds."
San Francisco was one of this tour’s highlights for us. Surprisingly every show there is better and better. Cleveland was also the best show we’ve played in this city so far and I’m happy we finally made it up for those who missed us on KING DIAMOND tour there. Ah, yeah…I can’t forget to mention the party with MESHUGGAH and GOD FORBID plus our label mates, that went on few blocks from the venue. It was WILD I can assure you! My body is still suffering from this night though ha ha…By the way, thanx to Sean for hooking us up with sooooo many drinks! Cheers bro!"
Jaxx was probably the best off show on this tour. It looks like we have a great following there. Respect to all those crazy freaks who made this night so memorable! A special hello to those cute bartenders, ha ha…u know why. Montreal was nothing but amazing. I could go one forever with complements on how great the Canadian crowd is…and I really mean it. NYC was a killer show too despite the fact that my amp went dead during the set…"
We are in Providence now. Before the show Orion, Malta and I took a walk downtown and let me tell u something: this is one of the most charming places I’ve visited in this country. I ended up buying some IGGY POP, HANK WILLIAMS III and new DEPECHE MODE cds` in the local record store while Orion got himself a sweet ILSA 3 DVD box set. The concert itself was fun, ha ha. Those who showed up, know what I mean. It was cool watching these surprised faces when we entered the stage. They seemed to be shit scared , but by the end of the show we made them move and go crazy…the whole point of this tour. Fuck yeah."
Polish black/death metallers BEHEMOTH have posted the following message on their official website:
"Let’s start with the first show that took place in San Diego, on West Coast. Although we showed up pretty late and didn’t have much time to check our new equipment we enjoyed the whole thing a lot. The audience was simply amazing. The same night we left to Las Vegas, where the second concert took place. It was our first time that we’ve ever played in this city and again, the audience made our day! All the bands kicked serious ass that evening but DANZIG set was a highlight of the night. I need to mention that me and my band mates will never forget that night in Vegas for some other reasons that I’m gonna keep as a secret, ha ha. Anyway, big THANK U to all the Century Media friends that took such a good care of us that evening! We had a blast! Viva Las Vegas!” commented Nergal on first few shows.
“Last night we played in San Francisco, in front of 1500 people. It was outside the venue and that night was rather chilly and windy but the crowd made this show sooo fuckin’ hot! Probably our best concert in SF so far. You deserve all our respect. Keep it up! CHIMAIRA was really tight that evening. Very good set, but again Mr. DANZIG blew everything away with their amazing performance.”
Before hitting the stage in Seattle, BEHEMOTH did one off show with CHIMAIRA, THE AGONY SCENE and HIMSA in Bend, Oregon on October 3rd.
Nergal and Allen (ESP) discussing details of custom models
From other news BEHEMOTH have visited their endorsers at ESP and Spaun before doing their first show in San Diego. Nergal, Orion and Seth got their brand new ESP guitars that are being tested during current U.S. dates while Inferno received his monstrous custom Spaun kit. We’d like to thank Allen from ESP, Steve and John from Spaun/FPE for all their help in delivering such a quality equipment."
Effective immediately, Olympic Recordings, a sub-label of the Century Family Inc. specializing in "extreme" music, will cease to exist. Century Media Records was recently contacted by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) who notified us that because they own a trademark on the word "Olympic," we would have to stop using it ourselves in order to avoid a legal battle.
A representative on the committee's behalf has informed us that the word "Olympic" is a legally protected trademark that Congress gave the USOC the exclusive right to use. Furthermore, the USOC may file a civil action suit against anyone if they, without consent of the USOC, use the Olympic trademark to induce the sale of any goods or services.
This is not the first time the USOC has contacted a business over this matter. The USOC is said to contact about 50 groups a year on average about the matter. More information can be found here.
At this time, Century Media would like to welcome Aborted, Behemoth, Immolation, Incantation, Swallow The Sun, and Vital Remains to the Century Media roster.
Polish black metallers Behemoth have uploaded their video for the track "Slaves Shall Serve", from their latest album, "Demigod", at this location. The clip was directed by Joanna Rechnio, one of the leading video producers in Poland, who also worked with Behemoth on their "Conquer All" video. Due to controversial scenes in the clip, MTV has reportedly requested a "soft" version for possible airplay.
On their official website, Behemoth have announced a few more dates for their first ever headlining tour in Canada. US/Canadian leg will end on December 7th on Century Media X-mass party at Key Club, Hollywood. Shortly after Polish road warriors from will take a flight to Turkey to play two exclusive shows in Istanbul and Izmir. Due to high demand Behemoth will most possible do another round of dates in Europe, Poland and Russia in spring 2006 before entering the studio to record the follow up to “Demigod”.
Confirmed Canadian dates:
Nov. 02 Vancouver, BC
Nov. 03 Prince-George, BC
Nov. 05 Regina, SK
Nov. 10 Toronto, ON
Nov. 11 Kingston, ON
Nov. 12 Trois-Rivieres, QC
Nov. 18 Saint John, NB
Nov. 19 Halifax, NS
Nov. 21 Fredericton, NB
Nov. 22 Quebec City, QC
Nov. 23 Ottawa, ON
Nov. 24 Hamilton, ON
Nov. 25 Oshawa, ON
Nov. 26 Rouyn, QC
Nov. 27 Sudbury, ON
Nov. 30 Winnipeg, MB
Dec. 01 Saskatoon, SK
Dec. 05 Kamloops, BC
Dec. 06 Victoria, BC
Other tour dates:
Dec. 17 Istanbul, Bronx Club
Dec. 18 Izmir, Ooze Club or Dungeon
Pollstar has revealed the following Behemoth Canadian tour dates:
Nov 01 Vancouver, BC Red Room @ The Drink
Nov 03 Prince George, BC The Generator
Nov 12 Trois-Rivieres, QC Le Maquisart
Nov 19 Halifax, NS Marquee Club
Nov 22 Quebec City, QC Le Capitole
Nov 23 Ottawa, ON Mavericks
Nov 26 Rouyn-Noranda, QC Petit Theatre
Nov 30 Winnipeg, MB Royal Albert Hotel
Dec 01 Saskatoon, SK The Roxy
Dec 05 Kamloops, BC The Max
Dec 06 Victoria, BC Sugar Nightclub
Behemoth will be joining Danzig, Chimaira, Himsa, Mortiis and the Agony Scene on the Blackest of the Black tour. Tour dates can be found here.
The finalized schedule has been released for the upcoming "Blackest of the Black" tour, which features DANZIG w/ DOYLE, CHIMAIRA, BEHEMOTH, HIMSA, MORTIIS, and THE AGONY SCENE: More...
New York City's newest venue the Nokia Theatre, a midsize theater located in Times Square, has released it's initial lineup of shows, which includes the following:
October 17 - DANZIG, CHIMAIRA, BEHEMOTH, HIMSA, MORTIIS, THE AGONY SCENE
October 21 - LES CLAYPOOL
October 26 - BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
October 30 - SLIPKNOT
October 31 - SLIPKNOT
November 1 - SLIPKNOT
The following is an excerpt from a Billboard.com article:
"New York's 2,100-capacity Nokia Theatre Times Square, AEG's newest concert venue, will open in September, with tickets for many shows set to go on sale Aug. 12. The venue is being developed and operated by AEG subsidiary AEG Live, who spent nearly $21 million renovating the old Loews Theatre at 1515 Broadway in Times Square.
Designer David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group are the architects and designers of Nokia Theatre Times Square. The auditorium will feature two VIP mezzanines with lounge seating, a state of the art in-house lighting system and an in-house sound system by JBL.
The Nokia Theatre Times Square marquee is an 85 foot long LED, high definition screen, capable of displaying both live and digital video. It is one of the largest marquees on Broadway, directly connected to the MTV marquee and is manufactured by Mitsubishi. It will have interactive text messaging capabilities with the fans and live events will be able to be broadcast from the stage directly to the marquee in real time."
Polish death/black metallers BEHEMOTH have once again joined forces with Joanna Rechnio, one of the leading video producers in Poland (who also directed BEHEMOTH's "Conquer All" clip), to shoot a video for the song "Slaves Shall Serve" from their latest album, "Demigod". Due to controversial scenes in the clip, MTV has reportedly requested a "soft" version for possible airplay.
Commented BEHEMOTH mainman Nergal: "I'm still pretty pissed about [having to tone down certain scenes in the video]. I mean, check out all those hip hop or MARILYN MANSON videos. Are they any less controversial than this? I doubt it. I hate going to any compromise but what the hell, I'm pretty sure that most of the video channels (read: most liberated and tolerant ones) worldwide will play the unedited version. The truth is that I had this need to express myself in a more…extreme way. For me it's just another act of great transgression and manifestation of sincere and unrestrained ART. I guess that some of you, especially religious people, would find it offensive…but hey, I'm not here to please any of you but to eventually make up your minds. This is how I see things and how I want you to receive me. Like it or not, this doesn't really matter much to me. I did what I wanted and I'm damn proud of it. I felt like our statements in 'No Sympathy For Fools', 'Christians to the Lions' or 'Slaves Shall Serve' have already been misinterpreted many times, therefore making the 'Slaves' video essential to show our attitude towards all that has anything to do with Christianity (or in this case ANY stagnated, organized and institutional religions)."
Known primarily as a producer of rock and pop artists in her home country (Poland), Rechnio had never worked with an extreme metal act prior to her collaboration with BEHEMOTH.
"Since we've always striven for something more than being just another death or black metal band, we need to search in other genres to find inspiration," explained Nergal. "To be honest, I'm truly bored by most of today's metal videos. It's not about metal being cliché but how it’s all being approached. Joanna did a great job with the last one, 'Conquer All', but this time I think we went even further. First of all, I made the whole scenario script weeks in advance. A really solid and detailed one. I also had more experience and knew exactly what kind of effect I wanted to achieve with this video so I had more control over things. It seemed that there was more of what I call 'team work' between us and the director. This video speaks for it, I have no doubt. I also truly hope that most of extreme metal (and not only) fans will enjoy the effort we put in this one!"
Expect the worldwide premiere of the "Slaves Shall Serve" video in September.
In other news, BEHEMOTH have revealed the details of their upcoming tour EP, "Slaves Shall Serve". This strictly limited-edition (3,000 copies) six-song release will be available exclusively during the group's European tour in September. The track listing is as follows:
01. Slaves Shall Serve (album version)
02. Entering the Pylon ov Light (non album song)
03. Penetration (THE NEFILIM cover)
04. Until You Call on the Dark (DANZIG cover)
05. Demigod (live at Sweden Rock festival)
06. Slaves Shall Serve (live at Sweden Rock festival)
07. Slaves Shall Serve (enhanced video clip)
The first dates have been announced for the 2005 "Blackest of the Black" tour, which will kick off in San Diego at the end of September and end on the West Coast on Halloween. Joining headliners DANZIG will be the crème de la crème of the hardcore/dark/black metal bands — CHIMAIRA, BEHEMOTH, HIMSA, MORTIIS and THE AGONY SCENE.
DANZIG's performance on all dates of the "Blackest of the Black" tour will feature former MISFITS' guitarist Doyle Von Frankenstein for a special 30-minute set of MISFITS classics. Doyle joined DANZIG on a handful of tour dates last winter (New York, Philadelphia, Boston) for "the closest thing to a MISFITS reunion you're going to see."
"'The Blackest of the Black' tour is for extreme bands that sell out venues across the country, that sell records, but don't get radio play or get on MTV," said Glenn Danzig. "It's anti the corporate crap nu-rap-metal that gets shoved down fans' throats at other concerts." The "Blackest of the Black" festival was organized by Danzig and debuted in the summer of 2003 with DANZIG, SUPERJOINT RITUAL, OPETH, NILE, LACUNA COIL and BEHEMOTH on the bill. "I'd like to see this being an on-going event," Danzig added.
Nergal from Behemoth posted this message on the band's website:
Hello f(r)iends!. Finally, after months of intense work we can proudly announce that Behemoth has a revamped and fully redesigned website. Our graphic designer Graal (Tomasz Danilowicz) and webmaster Manticore (Maciek Gruszka) have completed a monumental effort on this. For each album, we want the graphics on our website to perfectly correspond with the current cover artwork . We really think we did a great job and are truly satisfied with the way it turned out. Although I have to say that we are really sorry for being delayed, as we had planned and promised ourselves and fans that it would have been ready for the album release date. Anyway, we can assure you all that this refreshed website will motivate us to work even harder on any updates, reports etc. in the future. Thank U all for endless support and hope you will visit us often and enjoy the brand new virtual world of Behemoth!
With the recent announcement of the second Blackest of teh Black Tour, including Danzig, Chimaira, Behemoth, Himsa, Mortiis and The Agony Scene, BEHEMOTH mainman Nergal has posted his reaction to the tour and announcement:
"We were honored to be a part of the first edition of 'Blackest of the Black' festivals in 2003. But back then we opened for the whole festival package and this time we will play a 30 minute long set right before Chimaira and Danzig. It's very exciting to be back to US again, I can tell you. But what thrills me the most is the fact that BEHEMOTH is going to share the stage with one of my all time favorite artists, Glenn Danzig. This tour is going to be HUGE, I can assure you!"
Shortly before joining the "Blackest of the Black" in the U.S., BEHEMOTH will start the fall leg of their European Demigod tour. The madness starts on the 2nd of September in Milton Keynes, England and will be spreading through most of Europe. Released in January of 2005, Demigod quickly surpassed what its predecessor did in two years in just two months. Heralded as "metal's best live band" by BW&BK, BEHEMOTH have toured with the likes of heavyweights Suffocation, Nile, King Diamond, Black Dahlia Murder, Halford, Testament, Opeth, Superjoint Ritual and Danzig. The band has been featured on the covers of BW&BK, Pit, Metal Bite, Metal Hammer and Metal Maniacs and has received regular airplay of "Conquer All" on "Headbangers Ball."
Glenn Danzig, at the forefront of the hardcore/dark metal movement for more than 25 years, announces that the 2005 "Blackest of the Black" tour will kick off in San Diego at the end of September and end on the west coast on Halloween. For the sophomore year of this Fall traveling festival, Danzig has assembled a line-up of the crème de la crème of the hardcore/dark/black metal bands - Chimaira, Behemoth, Himsa, Mortiis (ex-Emperor), and The Agony Scene. Danzig will headline, of course.
Danzig's performance on all dates of the "Blackest of the Black" tour will feature former Misfits' guitarist Doyle Von Frankenstein for a special 30-minute set of Misfits classics. Doyle joined Danzig on a handful of tour dates last winter (New York, Philadelphia, Boston) for "the closest thing to a Misfits reunion you're going to see."
"'The Blackest of the Black' tour is for extreme bands that sell out venues across the country, that sell records, but don't get radio play or get on MTV," said Danzig. "It's anti the corporate crap nu-rap-metal that gets shoved down fans' throats at other concerts." The "Blackest of the Black" festival was organized by Danzig and debuted in the Summer of 2003 with Danzig, Superjoint Ritual, Opeth, Nile, Lacuna Coil and Behemoth on the
bill. "I'd like to see this being an on-going event," Danzig added.
In addition to organizing and headlining the "Blackest of the Black" tour, Glenn Danzig will see the release of the DVD "Il Demonio Nera" (evilive) on July 12. "Il Demonio Nera" is a collection of videos, video outtakes, alternative versions and previously unreleased music videos from the band's "Danzig 4" and "Danzig 5" CDs. His new CD, "Black Aria II," the follow up to 1993's "Black Aria," has been completed and will be released later this year, and Glenn is in the process of shooting his first feature film, "Gerouge," which he has written and will direct. "Gerouge" is based on one of the comic book titles distributed by his Verotik publishing company, and concerns Turn of the Century New Orleans Voodoo.
Confirmed dates for the "Blackest of the Black" will be announced shortly.
Behemoth was forced to cancel their Friday show at the Summer Blast Fest in Germany due to car accident the band had on the way to German border. Here's what Nergal said:
We took off Thursday night for Germany, but on the way to the border we all fell asleep.including our driver. I remember I was sleeping pretty hard when suddenly I felt the van start shaking. Heard one of my guy's screaming at the driver. We were in shock. Our van hit the leftside guardrail and we managed to pull over shortly after. The car was still driveable but at the border they wouldn't let us thru coz of the broken lights. We hate to cancel any shows and we hardly ever do, but this time it was an unfortunate accident. We wanna say sorry to all the fans who were waiting for us Friday evening. Shit happens but I can promise that we are coming back to Germany soon!
Nergal also told us about a recent incident that happened in Texas, US. Their van was shot 10 times with 9mm gun.
That was just insane. We stayed at a hotel in Texas, after the show in Houston. We were separated in 3 hotel rooms while usually we take two and some of the guys (who can't stand snoring or heavy partying) stay in the van. This night we were just lucky. Around 5:00 a.m. someone shot the van with 9mm gun and ran away. He definitely wanted to blow up the van by aiming at the gas tank. Fortunately it didn't happen. Still he hit the driver seat and a passenger seat. Today when I talk about it, it sounds funny but we all were pretty scared that morning. Can't even think of what would have happened if there were any guys in the van.
Upcoming Behemoth summer festival dates:
Jun. 25 Graspop Metalmeeting, Belgium
Jun. 26 Fury Fest, France
Jul. 01 With Full Force, Germany
Aug. 18 Summer Breeze, Germany
Aug. 27 Hole in the Sky, Norway
Behemoth are out with the video to their new single 'Conquer All', from the album 'Seven Seals'. You can watch it online at Yahoo! Music.
Fresh off a successful American tour alongside King Diamond, Nile and The Black Dahlia Murder, the Polish phenomenon known as Behemoth recently returned to Europe, where they'll play several major summer festivals in the coming weeks. They've already played one such gig: Poland's Mystic Festival, also featuring Iron Maiden, Nightwish and Kreator, which is the biggest annual metal event in their home country. According to front man Nergal, the festival turned out great despite some technical problems:
It was a real challenge. Both ideologically and stylistically, we were so different from all the other bands playing that day, though still we managed to show the band from a good side, I believe. Besides that, we had to cut our set from nine to seven songs in order to have a proper line check. We also faced lots of minor technical difficulties on stage, and moreover, the sun that day was merciless. I could see that the crowd was really tired of the heat, yet still they did great and gave us positive feedback. Mystic has a historical meaning for us (it's the biggest one we've played), so I want to thank all the fans that turned out that day. We will meet again soon. We’d also like to express our deepest appreciation and love to Michal Wardzala and Barbara Mikula from Mystic Prod. for giving us great opportunity to open for the best metal band ever! Keep up the great work, my friends!
Behemoth also just performed at Denmark's Feemetal Festival, and will play Sweden Rock - also featuring Motley Crue, Megadeth, Dio and many others - this weekend. The group's remaining European festivals are as follows:
Jun. 25 Graspop Festival, Belgium
Jun. 26 - Fury Fest, France
Jul. 1 - With Full Force, Germany
Aug. 17 - Summer Blast, Germany
Aug. 18 - Summer Breeze, Germany
Aug. 27 - A Hole In The Sky, Norway
Look for Behemoth to return to North America in the fall.
Polish Black Metal masters VESANIA, featuring Orion ( BEHEMOTH) and Daray ( VADER), have signed to Napalm Records. Expect their dark, brutal, symphonic debut release, God the Lux on 25 July.
It’s that time of year again- birds are chirping, trees are blossoming, the city’s Crowne Plaza Hotel is bombarded with numerous metal parties. And, of course, the local businesses in Worcester, MA hand out flyers that read “Dear metalheads (!!!), if you’re wondering where to get drunk tonight, come to our pub”.
It’s the New England Metal Fest weekend, which was held on April 22-24 and welcomed fans from all corners of the US, Canada, Puerto Rico and even UK. Probably the biggest and best festival on this side of the Atlantic. At least this year’s. I was giddy with excitement about this event since January and I lived to share my observations and opinions. More...
Nominees for UK's Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2005 awards have been announced in the following categories:
Best UK Band:
Bullet for My Valentine
Viking Skull More...
The 7th Annual New England Metal And Hardcore Festival is set to take place April 22-24 in Worcester, MA. As previously announced, this year's festival features stellar headlining acts such as KING DIAMOND, HATEBREED, DANZIG, OBITUARY, NILE, HYPOCRISY, DARK TRANQUILLITY and BEHEMOTH among others.
The following set times have been posted ( subject to change):
Main Stage Friday, April 22:
3:00 - 3:20- Winter Solstice
3:30 - 3:50- Kylesa
4:00 - 4:20- The Esoteric
4:30 - 4:50- Nora
5:00 - 5:20- Since the flood
5:30 - 5:50- Haste The Day
6:00 - 6:20- Premonitions Of War
6:30 - 7:00- All That Remains
7:15 - 7:45- Throwdown
8:00 - 8:30- As I lay dying
9:00 - 10:00- Obituary
10:30 - 11:30- Unearth
12:00 - 1:00- Hatebreed
Second Stage, Friday:
3:10 - 3:30- Ion Disonanance
3:40 - 4:00- Catastrophic
4:10 - 4:30- Scurvy
4:40 - 5:00- T.B.A.
5:10 - 5:30- The Minor Times
5:40 - 6:10- With Honor More...