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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 has finally returned from 11 weeks long North American trek. Poles have successfully completed 54 shows in both U.S. (as part of Blackest of the black bill) and Canada, where they headlined. It’s been the longest the band has been away from their home.
The band comments: “We fuckin’ did it! After doing all the U.S. dates we headed to Canada, where Necronomicon joined the tour. And from day one the whole tour has been a real battle, I can tell u. Canadian weather, especially in these months is really friendly. There were places where we had to load in and out in –20 C. Most of the “venues” were small shitty bars with no real P.A., no backstage, no lighting system. Simply nothing. That’s what we used to call the Spartan way, ha ha. But then, pretty much EVERYWHERE people were simply awesome and their endless support and dedication paid off even the harshest conditions! I’m proud. We succeeded. We fuckin’ went there, played 26 shows, froze our asses to ice but we fuckin’ did it! I hope u crazy fucks appreciate this effort and had at least as much fun as we had, ha ha. We’d like to thank our agents, First Row and BCI for putting this tour together, Century Media for making it feel like at home, dudes from Necronomicon for all the fun and help and last but not least ALL the people who showed up and paid their heavy duty! Keep it up!”
Upcoming Behemoth shows:
Dec. 27 Bronx Club - Istanbul, Turkey
Dec. 18 Golge Bar - Ankara, Turkey
Dec. 30 Kolinsgborg - Stockholm, Sweden (with Dissection)
Jan. 06 Enigma Bar - Adelaide, Australia
Jan. 07 The Esplanade Hotel - Melbourne, Australia
Jan. 08 The Tote - Melbourne, Australia (special under 18s afternoon show)
Jan. 10 Black Betty’s - Perth, Australia
Jan. 13 Her Majestys Bar - Brisbane, Australia
Jan. 14 Gaelic Club - Sydney, Australia (all ages mini festival)
Dates are continuing to leak out for MORBID ANGEL's tour next year with BEHEMOTH, KRISIUN, and DESPISED ICON. Currently confirmed shows are as follows:
April 6 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
April 9 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
April 12 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
April 15 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
Another date has been released for the upcoming tour featuring MORBID ANGEL, BEHEMOTH, and KRISIUN. The current set of confirmed dates are as follows:
April 6 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
April 9 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
April 12 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Continuing the highly successful Metal For The Masses series, the Century Family unseals Metal For The Masses Volume Four, once again exclusive to Hot Topic locations nationwide. The 2-disc compilation contains 40 tracks totaling over 2 hours of music. The artwork for Volume Four incorporates the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to stunning effect and also depicts the album art for each featured artist within as well as additional artist and album information. Volume Four comes housed in a deluxe double Digipak and is available now at all Hot Topic locations nationwide.
Started in 2003, Metal For The Masses has become The Century Family's largest-selling compilation series, replacing the budget priced Identity series. The Metal For The Masses series is also one of Hot Topic's longest-running exclusive compilations. Selling well over 60,000 copies each, Metal For The Masses continues to disseminate the word of metal.
Disc One Includes Century Media Artists:
God Forbid, Manntis, Diecast, Brand New Sin, Agents Of Man, Shadows Fall, Arch Enemy, The Haunted, Behemoth, Old Man's Child, Naglfar, Strapping Young Lad, Nevermore, Eyes Of Fire, Into Eternity, Cryptopsy, Watch Them Die, Napalm Death, Despised Icon and Immolation
Disc Two Includes:
Nuclear Blast Artists: Dimmu Borgir, Soilwork, In Flames, Meshuggah, Bleed The Sky, Darkane, Mnemic, Hypocrisy, Exodus and Cathedral
Liquor And Poker Music Artists: Fireball Ministry, Nebula, The Hellacopters, The Illuminati, The Black Halos, Crash Kelly, The Thieves, Scott Reeder, American Heartbreak and Backyard Babies
MORBID ANGEL, BEHEMOTH, and KRISIUN will be teaming up for a US tour next year. The first dates to be revealed are:
April 6 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
April 9 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
Nevermore has been confirmed to headline Century Family's Second Annual Christmas BallS, along with Behemoth, Watch Them Die and Manntis. The show is set to take place on Wednesday, December 7 at the Key Club in Hollywood, CA.
Nevermore, who spent the summer performing on the mainstage of Megadeth’s Gigantour, just finished headlining their first European tour supporting This Godless Endeavor. The band joined Opeth’s North American tour Oct. 26 in Chicago, and wrap up the tour in Ft. Lauderdale, FL November 11. The band will then continue performing headlining dates across the Midwest, complete dates can be found here.
Currently conquering North America on Danzig’s Blackest of the Black tour, Polish metal titans Behemoth are on their third North American tour supporting their critically-acclaimed album, Demigod. Behemoth have toured with the likes of such heavyweights as King Diamond, Suffocation, Nile, Halford, Opeth, and Superjoint Ritual.
Oakland-based purveyors of violence Watch Them Die are currently on a massive national U.S. tour alongside Exodus, 3 Inches of Blood and Crisis. The group recently unleashed their blistering sophomore offering, Bastard Son, which is a multi-layered exploration of anger, pain, loss and redemption.
The explosive Southern California quintet Manntis have an extremely busy fall schedule ahead of them after recently being added to the 10 Years of Brutality Tour alongside Hatebreed, Most Precious Blood, Full Blown Chaos, Gizmachi and If Hope Dies, kicking off on Nov. 1st and running through Nov. 23rd. The group’s highly acclaimed new album, Sleep In Your Grave, produced by Cameron Webb (Danzig, Motorhead, Social Distortion), is now available and goes straight for the jugular with its scorching guitar work and pummeling rhythmic assault.
Following last year’s successful event, the elves have put their heads together to come up with even more fantastically diabolic devilry. Already busy assembling stockings filled with heavy metal trimmings, they are scouring the workshop for musical goodies for all attendees. Santa’s selected outstanding surprises to raffle throughout the night, and one lucky winner will go home with a brand new Schecter guitar.
Tickets for the Christmas BallS are available at The Key Club box office, or at Ticketmaster.
The Century Family includes Century Media Records, Nuclear Blast America, and Liquor and Poker Music. Century Media, the flagship label of the Century Family, is an upstart independent hard rock/heavy metal label founded in 1988. Its American branch opened three years later. With nine offices around the globe, the label employs more than 150 people worldwide. Featuring a rich catalog of such influential acts as Iced Earth and Opeth, the label’s leading artists today include Shadows Fall, Lacuna Coil, God Forbid and Arch Enemy.
Australia's PyroMusic.net has revealed that BEHEMOTH will be Down Under playing a string of shows in January 2006. Dates and venues as listed:
January 6 – Adelaide @ Enigma Bar
January 7 – Melbourne @ The Esplanade Hotel
January 8 – Melbourne @ The Tote
January 10 – Perth @ Black Betty’s
January 13 – Brisbane @ Her Majestys Bar
January 14 – Sydney @ Gaelic Club
EXHUMED have announced fall/winter tour dates in support of their upcoming release, "Garage Daze Re-Regurgitated", to be issued on Parasitic Twin Records, distributed via Relapse Records. These West Coast gore fiends will kick off their five week tour on October 27 in Aptos, CA. Throughout the course of the tour, EXHUMED will share stages with the likes of BEHEMOTH, RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER, GRIEF and many others.
"Garage Daze Re-Regurgitated" is a collection of cover songs that harkens back to the band's filthiest roots (MASTER, SIEGE, UNSEEN TERROR) and pays homage to influential classics (PENTAGRAM, AMEBIX, SAMHAIN, THE CURE). The CD will see a U.S. release on November 8.
Upcoming EXHUMED shows are as follows: More...
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."