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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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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...
Danzig and special guest Doyle have been confirmed as the Saturday headliner for the seventh annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, to be held Friday-Sunday, April 22-24 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass.
In addition to the regular Danzig set, Doyle with join the band for a blistering 30-minute set of classic Misfits material. Danzig and Doyle have performed together just three times during Danzig’s recent tour – their first performances together in over 21 years.
Hatebreed, Unearth and Obituary will headline Friday night.
Saturday’s other headliners will include Chimaira and Cryptopsy.
Sunday’s headliners are King Diamond, Nile and Soilwork.
Also appearing are A Life Once Lost, All Shall Perish, All That Remains, As I Lay Dying, Behemoth, Black Dahlia Murder, Blood Has Been Shed, Bury Your Dead, Dark Tranquility, Darkest Hour, Evergreen Terrace, Full Blown Chaos, Glass Casket, Hypocrisy, If Hope Dies, Internal Bleeding, Ion Dissonance, It Dies Today, Kylesa, Maroon, Misery Signals, Mnemic, Premonitions Of War, Pro-Pain, Red Chord, Reflux, Remembering Never, Scurvy, Sonata Arctica, Stemm, Strapping Young Lad, The Acacia Strain, The Agony Scene, The Esoteric, The Killing, The Minor Times, Throwdown, Trivium, Winter Solstice, and many more to be added.
Single day tickets are $35 per day. Three-day passes are $99. Tickets are on sale at all Strawberries Record Stores, online at tickets.com, or by calling tickets.com at (800) 477-6849.
Live pics from the Worcester show on Friday, Feb.18th with MISERY INDEX, CATTLE DECAPITATION, BEHEMOTH and SUFFOCATION are now uploaded. Check them out at the Gallery section.
Review of the show can be found here.
Slayer, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir and Suicidal Tendencies are among the latest confirmations for the 2005 edition of the Fury Fest, set to take place June 24-26 in Le Mans, France. The list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: More...
It turns out that The Palladium in Worcester, MA has a hidden gem that has somehow eluded my attention before. "Upstairs" is a 350- capacity room with atmosphere and sound that "downstairs" comes close to but fails to top. I'm not sure if it was the size of the venue or the fans, or maybe both, but this show felt so much... intimate and heartfelt. The bands too felt these emotions floating in the air and responded accordingly. It was one of those nights when you get this awe-inspiring feeling that you belong to the metal community. More...
The latest videos from Behemoth and God Forbid have just been posted online. Click below to check them out.
Behemoth - "Conquer All" from the group's critically acclaimed new album Demigod.
God Forbid - "Gone Forever" the title track from the group's latest album shot by acclaimed director Zach Merck (12 Stones, Atreyu, Shadows Fall).
Behemoth singer Nergal has posted the following message:
"We have done 13 shows so far and I must say that's the best U.S. tour so far. Things are going very smoothly... All the Arizona shows went good, as usual. But California was nothing but awesome. We've just played a sold out show at Hollywood's Key Club, which was totally outstanding experience. The album has been out for two weeks now and crowds already know the songs and chant the lyrics. Also our soundscan reports are charting Demigod is selling well, and already doubled sales of our previous record. We are heading to north now...I will update you with news from Behemoth camp as soon as possible. Horns up!!!"
On related news, UK magazine Terrorizer recently conducted reader's poll for 2004 and Behemoth scored 4th position as world's best live band. Also ranked as 10th best band and 10th best album of 2004.
The Swedenrock festival has confirmed three bands more to the bill of 2005: Behemoth, Black Label Society and Savoy Brown feat. Kim Simmons. The festival will held on the 9th - 11th of June in Solvesborg, Sweden.
Dark Tranquillity and Caliban are the latest acts confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Summer Breeze festival, set to be held August 18-20 in Abtsgmünd, Germany. The complete list of artists currently confirmed to appear at the festival is as follows:
Born from Pain
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
End of Green
Pink Cream 69
Subway to Sally
The Vision Bleak
The organizers of the New England Metal And Hardcore Festival have announced most of the bands that will perform at this year's event, set to be held Friday-Sunday, April 22-24, 2005 at The Palladium in Worcester. The billing for the festival is shaping up as follows:
Friday, April 22, 2005 (doors open at 3:00 p.m.): More...
Polish Black metal fiends BEHEMOTH recently completed their South American tour ( live pics from Mexico available here). They are currently preparing to bring chaos and destruction to U.K. and North America. Frontman Nergal comments:
"To be honest, we didn't feel that much energy for a long time. Maybe it's the new line up, maybe a new, killer album, maybe new contracts...maybe part of each. But the shows we deliver these days are one of the best we played ever and that is the fact! We feel like we got something to say with Demigod and we will push hard and will not give up! I don't wanna say that this album is our 'to be or not to be', but yes, it's opening new doors and I'd like to believe it's some kind of pay off to all the hard work and dedication. One thing is obvious, there is so much confidence in the band nowadays and we are on the right track to prove it!"
"We are not gonna stop. On the 13th we are kicking off in Brighton and do the first headlining tour in Great Britain. I know it's very difficult market but Demigod has had great press there and I really wanna give it a try. Right after the show we play in London we get ourselves on the plane to Atlanta to join Suffocation and do one month long tour in US. I can't wait doin' it. We will be there right on time, as Demigod has its street date on January 25th. It's gonna be amazing...new songs, new line up...it all works sooo perfect these days...I wanna show it to the American audience."
DevilInside have reemerged with a new line-up, now joining the group on vocals is Joe Talbot of Richard Pryor On Fire fame, drummer Dan Johnson, formerly of With Dead Hands Rising and bassist Patrick Morris of Demonicon. The group will now hit the road with Suffocation, Behemoth and Cattle Decapitation from February 07th through to February 23rd. After that, they will take to the road with Cryptopsy, Cattle Decapitation and The Autumn Offering for the following stops:
March 04th Houston, TX - Fat Cat's
March 05th Oklahoma City, OK - Bricktown Live
March 06th Dallas, TX - Gypsy Tea Room
March 07th San Antonio, TX - Sanctuary
March 08th Albuquerque, NM - Launch Pad
March 09th Tucson, AZ - The Rock
March 10th Phoenix, AZ - Mason Jar
March 11th Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theatre
March 12th San Diego, CA - Soma
March 13th Los Angeles, CA - Key Club
March 14th San Francisco, CA - The Pound
March 15th Portland, OR - Meow Meow
March 16th Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
March 18th Denver, CO - Rock Island
March 19th Ft. Collins, CO - Starlight
March 21st Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
March 22nd Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
March 23rd St. Paul, MN - Station 4
More dates have been announced for the forthcoming North American tour headlined by KING DIAMOND. Also appearing on the bill will be NILE, BEHEMOTH and THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
Apr. 14 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
Apr. 15 – Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues
Apr. 16 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Apr. 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
Apr. 19 – New York, NY @ BB King's
Apr. 20 – New York, NY @ BB King's
Apr. 22 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Apr. 23 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ Chance Theater
Apr. 24 – Worchester, MA @ Metal Fest at the Paladium
Apr. 26 – Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
Apr. 27 – Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
Apr. 28 – Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Hall
Apr. 29 - St. Louis, MO / Sauget IL @ Pop's
Apr. 30 – Minneapolis, MN @ Quest Club
May 02 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
May 05 – Seattle, WA @ The Fenix
May 06 – Portland, OR @ Roseland
May 07 - San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
May 08 - Los Angeles, CA @ House Of Blues
May 09 – Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues
May 11 – Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theater
May 12 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
May 13 - El Paso, TX @ Club Xscape
May 14 - San Antonio, TX @ Sunset Station
May 15 – McAllen, TX @ La Villa Real
May 17 – Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Ballroom
May 18 – Houston, TX @ Engine Room
May 20 - New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
May 21 – Tampa, FL @ The Masquerade