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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.
Latest Behemoth News
Below is our complete Behemoth news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
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.
Additional free tickets have just been released for this summer's sold out Ozzfest. Tickets can be picked up at the following box offices during the noted hours while supplies last:
Cricket Pavilion, Phoenix, Arizona - Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Journal Pavilion, Albuquerque, New Mexico - Monday thru Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Coors Amphitheatre, Denver, CO - hours TBA
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Kansas City, Kansas - Monday thru Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Smirnoff Music Center, Dallas, TX - Monday thru Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 pm..
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, San Antonio, TX - hours TBA
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, St. Louis, MO - Monday thru Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Germain Amphitheatre, Columbus, OH - hours TBA
First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL - Monday thru Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI - tickets are NOT available at the venue box office until the day of the show. Before then, tickets may be picked up at House of Blues, 329 North Dearborn, Chicago.
Verizon Wireless Music Center, Indianapolis, IN - Monday thru Friday, noon to 5 p.m.
PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ - Monday thru Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
New England Dodge Amphitheatre, Hartford, CT - ticket are NOT available at the venue box office until the day of the show. Before then, tickets may be picked up at the Chevrolet Theatre, 95 South Turnpike Road, Wallingford, CT, Monday thru Friday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Tweeter Center, Mansfield, MA - hours TBA
Tweeter Center, Camden, NJ - Monday thru Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Post Gazette Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA - Tickets are NOT available at the venue box office until the day of the show. Before then, tickets may be picked up at the Live Nation office, 125 West Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
DTE Energy Music Theatre, Detroit, MI - hours TBA
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC - Monday thru Thursday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Sound Advice Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL - Monday thru Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More...
According to a Century Records press release:
After only a handful of Ozzfest performances Polish extreme metal titans Behemoth are 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 4:15PM 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. Their much anticipated and critically acclaimed new album, The Apostasy, is now available in stores.
Nergal (vocals, guitars) states: “Ozzfest just started and I can tell you it feels great! We got a lot of new equipment and a new road crew that I’m really happy with, so it’s all working fine. The first few shows were better than I expected though it’s always a struggle to go on in the sun wearing all this gear, armor and masks. I wanted to thank all the people out there who came down and spent the whole day in the heat. You seriously rock. This is the ultimate metal tour and we couldn’t be happier about being a part of it.”
Behemoth also shot a new video for the track, “Prometherion,” with acclaimed director Soren (All That Remains, Unearth) yesterday in Los Angeles. Look for it everywhere early next month. Soren states: “Somewhere between the ideal of heaven and reality of hell falls the new Behemoth video. An expression of the fallenness of man and the will to crawl through our own painful condition towards hope. This is a painful video to make and watch.”
To celebrate the fact that Ozzfest is free this year, Behemoth wants to keep things free with their very own giveaway to the Ultimate Behemoth fan. One lucky winner will take home the entire Behemoth merchandise line (look below for all that you can win). Not to mention, they can wear all that gear while listening to the entire Behemoth music catalog as they play the tunes on their very own autographed ESP Guitar. That's right, ONE winner will take home the entire summer Behemoth merch line in addition Behemoth’s music catalog as well as an autographed ESP EX 50 guitar (with case). So as to not ignore the other fans who gave it a shot, the band would like to give 5 additional people an autographed "Lies" poster and autographed copy of their latest release The Apostasy. Check out Ozzfest.com for more info.
Behemoth- Ozzfest - Second Stage
OFFDATES w/Lamb of God, Hatebreed and 3 Inches of Blood
07/19 Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, CA
07/20 Stramier Park (Outdoor) - Bakersfield, CA (OFFDATE)
07/21 Hyundai Pavilion - San Bernardino, CA
07/22 Soma - San Diego, CA (OFFDATE)
07/23 House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV (OFFDATE)
07/24 Cricket Pavilion - Phoenix, AZ
07/26 Journal Pavilion - Albuquerque, NM
07/27 Boulder Theater - Boulder, CO (OFFDATE)
07/28 Coors Amphitheatre - Denver, CO
07/29 The Cotillion - Wichita, KS (OFFDATE)
07/30 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Kansas City, MO
08/01 Verizon Wireless Theater - Houston, TX (OFFDATE)
08/02 Smirnoff Music Center - Dallas, TX
08/03 Lonestar Amphitheater - Lubbock, TX ( SOLO OFFDATE)
08/04 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - San Antonio, TX
08/05 Clear Channel Metroplex Event Center - Little Rock, AR (OFFDATE)
08/06 Verizon Wireless Amptheater - St. Louis, MO
08/08 Germain Amphitheatre - Columbus, OH
08/10 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre - Tinley Park, IL
08/11 Waverly Hills Sanatorium - Louisville, KY (SOLO OFFDATE)
08/12 Alpine Valley Music Theatre - East Troy, WI
08/14 Verizon Wirless Music Theatre - Indianapolis, IN
08/16 PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ
08/17 The Dome Theatre - Niagara Falls, NY (OFFDATE)
08/18 New England Dodge Music Theatre - Hartford, CT
08/19 Magic City Music Hall - Johnson City, NY (OFFDATE)
08/20 Tweeter Center - Boston, MA
08/22 Tweeter Center - Philadelphia, PA
08/23 Rams Head Live! - Baltimore, MD (OFFDATE)
08/24 Post Gazette Pavilion - Pittsburgh, PA
08/25 Kool Haus - Toronto, ON (OFFDATE)
08/26 DTE Energy Music Theatre - Detroit, MI
08/28 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - Charlotte, NC
08/29 The Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA (OFFDATE)
08/30 Sound Advice Amphitheatre - West Palm Beach, FL
Patrick Douglas of The Culture Shock recently conducted an interview with BEHEMOTH mainman Adam Michal Darski (a.k.a. Nergal). A few excerpts from the chat follow:
The Culture Shock: Tell me what you're feeling right now with the new album set to come out in the U.S. in a couple of weeks and the start of Ozzfest coming up. Do you feel like this will be a huge step in taking over the U.S. in terms of gaining new fans?
Nergal: Yeah, man. It seems like there's no turning back. This is the only option now. (laughs). We're in such a position that we just have to bite the bullet. We have to make it happen right now. With this record, I'm pretty sure that we can definitely launch everything to the next level. Different things have been going around this record. A different excitement. I'm very positive actually, especially after talking to all these journalists and getting first reviews on our MySpace site from activity on the new song, man. I'm nothing but positive. I think it's gonna be totally awesome. In upcoming months, we'll be touring for another six months, so it's gonna be just awesome. Very fruitful. Yeah, awesome period, you know. It's gonna pay off, all the hard work and all the effort that we put into this record.
The Culture Shock: What's your number one goal when you sit down to write an album?
Nergal: To overcome myself. To fuckin' do it better in any possible terms. To do it better than before. Big production and songwriting and lyrics. To be sincere. I wanna be sincere when I write songs. I just talked to this guy a few minutes ago, I'm like I wanna make sure that these words, these lyrics, these songs, these themes mean something, there's a deeper meaning. I have this impression that these days, the whole music genre, not just metal, but metal too, is like everything is about numbers. How many hits on MySpace, how many albums sold, how many fuckin' … how much was the budget? How many people are at the show? Everything is about the numbers and I think that people miss the point and the point is to get into the music. To make this happen, you have to make the music that will intrigue people. I really wanna make sure that BEHEMOTH isn't just about being brutal or whatever. I want to make sure that the fuckin' different factors that will intrigue people and to make this album unique and to make this album last longer than two months. Time shall tell, right?
The Culture Shock: The death metal crowd is very passionate about what their bands are doing and who they're associating with. Was there any kind of hesitation on your part to accept the Ozzfest invite knowing that some die-hard BEHEMOTH fans might look at it as a bad thing? More...
Behemoth is in the cross hairs of the Polish anti-sect organization for supposedly promoting Satanic acts, including animal sacrifice. The anti-sect organization dubbed "The All-Polish Committee for Defense Against Sects" released a list of artists it claims "promote Satanism" or "encourage murder and animal sacrifice" with their music. The group plans to distribute the list to a number of Polish politicians next month, in hopes that the officials will ban said artists from performing in the Central European nation. The list also includes Slayer and Marilyn Manson among others.
Adam "Nergal" Darski, Behemoth's frontman, said he questions the motives of the APCFDAS and thinks the attempt to ban his band from performing in his native land is ridiculous.
"You have these politicians who, for some reason — probably just for self-promotion — want to fight this kind of stuff," he explained. "This is music. This is art. This is some kind of expression, and this is our expression. For some reason, they think it has a negative influence on kids, so they want to stop it. So they made this list that's going to come out next month, and Behemoth is #1. ... I'm not sure if they'll [be able to enforce it], because it's a violation of the most basic democratic rules. It's very extreme and very dangerous."
"Extreme" and "dangerous" — two words Nergal often uses to describe Behemoth, but obviously with different connotations. Regardless, the threat of a potential Polish ban hasn't put the fear of God in Behemoth. In fact, the band has booked a handful of Poland dates, which it intends on playing immediately following Ozzfest's August 30 finish in West Palm Beach, Florida. It's all part of Behemoth's campaign to spread the word about The Apostasy, their seventh full-length album and follow-up to 2004's Demigod that lands in stores July 17 — less than a week after Ozzfest's Seattle launch.
Polish extreme Metal titans BEHEMOTH invade U.S. shores early next month with only one mission in mind, to annihilate the masses at Ozzfest all summer long. The group secured 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. Their new album, "The Apostasy", is set for a July 17 release.
BEHEMOTH will also perform a series of off-dates alongside LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED and 3 INCHES OF BLOOD. See below for their complete summer touring itinerary. The band is also this week's featured artist on MTV News' Metal File. Check it out to see Nergal's response to possibly being banned from performing in their hometown.
Nergal (vocals, guitars) states: "The Ozzfest countdown has officially started! We couldn't be more excited. We've been busy making all the necessary preparations for months now and are bringing one hell of a show this time. We are going to have a 30-min set, but we'll make sure to expose the band the best we can. This is by far the biggest production we've ever had in U.S. We're bringing our own crew, new stage gear and most importantly a new album. Expect nothing but insanity!
I feel that Ozzfest is going to be the peak of our career and treat it as a great reward for all the hard work, all the effort we put into this band throughout the years. I'm perfectly aware that it's all thanks to the thousands of fans who brought us to this place. This tour will be a great occasion to pay them back for all their loyalty and devotional faith. You will hear songs spanning our entire career and we decided to do 50 shows to warm up before we go on Ozzfest. I wanted to make sure that people witness BEHEMOTH at our very best. We are ready to bring extreme and dangerous music to the masses."
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.
Here are the band's upcoming tour dates: More...
Behemoth's new track "Prometherion" has been made available online over at www.ozzfest.com. The song is lifted from the bands new album "The Apostasy", which will see a July 17th release date through Century Media.
It was announced months ago that tickets for this summer's Ozzfest would be free to fans, and that the longest-running heavy metal festival would subsist on corporate sponsorships and little else.
But obtaining those free tickets for one of the dates on this year's run — which kicks off July 12 in Auburn, Washington, and continues through August 30 in West Palm Beach, Florida — might just give some metal fans a migraine.
First, you have to send an e-mail requesting tickets, and then wait for a confirmation e-mail containing a link to the Web site of one of the tour's various sponsors. Next, you have to wait until June 12 before you can enter that code on some other Web site to redeem two tickets to whichever date you'd like to attend. It's a whole rigmarole that some fans — or, more specifically, those willing to drop some serious scratch — can avoid.
That's right, folks — while this summer's Live Nation-sponsored Ozzfest will be free to most, some will fork over upward of $1,000 to get in. As in years past, Ozzfest's organizers will offer fans a number of VIP ticket packages for purchase, which will ensure them a seat for all the headbangin' action.
The festival's "Party Like a Rockstar" package — which includes preferred pavilion seating, access to the second-stage VIP viewing platform behind the mixing boards, access to the general VIP area, a behind-the-scenes tour and a special host "to help you rock harder than you have ever rocked before" — returns this summer, and will set you back $300. There's also the "I'm Part of the Show" package, which costs $666 and includes all the same perks, in addition to a seat on the Ozzfest stage during Osbourne's concert-closing set.
There's also the "Platinum" package, which will be available by auction in the not-so-distant future. The starting bid will be $1,000 and will be limited to only 10 guests per show. This offer includes everything the "I'm Part of the Show" package does, and then some. Fans who win the auction will also get a personal meeting with Osbourne and his band, along with a certificate signed by Sharon Osbourne. The proceeds of these tickets will go to the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
The festival's 12th annual installment boasts a bill including Ozzy Osbourne, 3 Inches Of Blood, Ankla, Behemoth, Chthonic, Circus Diablo, Daath, Hatebreed, In This Moment, Lamb of God, Lordi, Mondo Generator, Nile, Static-X and The Showdown.
The 24-city 12th annual OZZFEST will launch July 12 in Seattle, WA at the White River Amphitheatre. Here are the tour dates: More...
Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH have revelaed the track listing and artwork for their new album, "The Apostasy", due on July 17 via Century Media Records. The group's most ambitious and epic offering yet, it was recorded in the band's hometown of Gdansk with the group's mainman Nergal and longtime sound engineer Malta in the producers' chairs. The effort was mixed with the acclaimed Daniel Bergstrand (IN FLAMES, MESHUGGAH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) at Dug-Out Studios in Sweden and mastered by Bjorn Engelmann (RAMMSTEIN, SAMAEL).
"The Apostasy" (view artwork at this location) track listing:
01. Rome 64 C.E
02. Slaying The Prophets Ov Isa
04. At The Left Hand Ov God
06. Be Without Fear
07. Arcane Hereticae
09. Inner Sanctum
11. Christgrinding Avenue
LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED, BEHEMOTH, and 3 INCHES OF BLOOD have lined up the following off-dates from this year’s Ozzfest:
July 13 - Vancouver, BC @ Croatian Cultural Center
July 15 - Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theatre
July 16 - Sparks, NV @ New Oasis
July 20 - Bakersfield, CA @ Stramler Park (outdoors)
July 22 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
July 23 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
July 27 - Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theatre
July 29 - Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
August 1 - Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
August 3 - Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Events Center
August 5 - Dallas, Texas @ Clear Channel Metroplex
August 13 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
August 17 - Niagara Falls, NY @ The Dome Theater
August 19 - Johnson City, NY @ Magic City Music Hall
August 23 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
August 25 - Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
August 29 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
August 31 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
September 1 - North Charleston, SC @ The Plex
September 2 - Richmond, VA @ Toad’s Place
OZZFEST alumni Static X--touring in support of their just-released album Cannibal--are the last band to join the OZZFEST revolution by signing on for this year’s historic “Freefest.” They, along with Ozzy Osbourne, Lamb of God, Hatebreed, Lordi, Behemoth, Mondo Generator, Nile, Ankla, Circus Diablo, The Showdown, 3 Inches of Blood, Daath, Chthonic and In This Moment, will give fans the rock experience of their lives at a price that’s hard to beat. As previously announced, the ticket price for this summer’s premiere touring concert festival is entirely free for fans.
The addition of Static X comes just in time for fans looking to log in for their free ticket codes to this year’s “Freefest.” Since Saturday, May 12 at 12 Noon (EASTERN TIME), ticket codes are distributed on ozzfest.com, livenation.com, monsterenergy.com, jagermusic.com and fye.com. These codes can be redeemed for tickets beginning June 12--exactly one month before the first OZZFEST 2007 show in Seattle. Fans will return to the site where they registered or www.livenation.com/ozzfest, enter their code and download two tickets to the show of their choice. Note: To ensure that everyone gets the chance for free tickets, there is a limit of two tickets per customer.
The 24-city earth-pounding 12th annual OZZFEST will launch July 12 in Seattle, WA at the White River Amphitheatre. Here are the tour dates: More...
Polish extreme metal titans BEHEMOTH have posted a new video clip on their official YouTube page, which documents their latest photo session. The group just completed five special North American shows, that included an appearance at the renowned New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, two rare headlining shows in addition to performances alongside such acclaimed acts as Cannibal Corpse and Dimmu Borgir, among others.
BEHEMOTH will return to the U.S. this summer on Ozzfest 2007 having landed the direct support, non-rotating slot right before second stage headliners Hatebreed. See below for their complete touring itinerary and their much-anticipated new album, The Apostasy, is set for a July 17th release. More...
Death metal band NOMAD (featuring Seth from BEHEMOTH) and thrash metal combo AL SIRAT have officially joined Empire Records ranks. Their newest albums are set to be released in May, attached to 3/2007 issue of Thrash'em All Magazine. More info about both bands will be published soon.
German death metal act COMMANDER will support DESTRUCTION on May 11 at Turock in Essen, Germany. COMMANDER will also embark on a Balkan tour in May as the support act for Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH. The dates are as follows:
May 27 - Zagreb, Croatia - Mocvara
May 28 - Sarajevo, Bosnia - SA Club
COMMANDER will also play two additional shows with Croatian melodic death band DEFIANT:
May 25 – Osijek, Croatia - Mini Teatar
May 26 – Zupanja, Croatia - OKC
COMMANDER released its acclaimed debut album, "World's Destructive Domination", last year via Bad Land Records/Point Music.
For more information, visit their Myspace page.