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Formed: 1991
From: Poland
Last Known Status: Active

Background

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.

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NEHMF 2005 Live Report

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...

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Vote For Metal Hammer's Golden Gods Awards

Nominees for UK's Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2005 awards have been announced in the following categories:

Best UK Band:
Bullet for My Valentine
Dragonforce
Hurricane Party
Lost Prophets
Viking Skull More...

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Schedule For NEMHF 2005 Announced

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...

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Danzig Confirmed To Headline NEMHF

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.

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Behemoth And Suffocation Live Pics Posted

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.

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More Bands Confirmed For Fury Fest

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...

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Behemoth, Suffocation Live Report

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...

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New Behemoth, God Forbid Videos Posted Online

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).

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Behemoth Singer Checks In From The Road

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.

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Behemoth, BLS, Savoy Brown Added To Sweden Rock

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.

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Dark Tranquillity, Caliban To Play Summer Breeze

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:

Amon Amarth
Atrocity
Barcode
Behemoth
Born from Pain
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Disbelief
Ektomorf
End of Green
Endstille
Final Breath
God Dethroned
Haggard
Impious
J.B.O.
Koroded
Korpiklaani
Krisiun
Lacrimas Profundere
Maroon
Nocte Obducta
Pink Cream 69
Schandmaul
Subway to Sally
Suidakra
Symphorce
The Bones
The Vision Bleak
Therion
Tristania

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Over 40 Bands Confirmed For NEMHF

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...

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Behemoth Post Tour Update, New Live Pics Online

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."

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DevilInside Solidify New Lineup And Tours

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

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More King Diamond, Nile, Black Dahila Murder Dates

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

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First Bands Confirmed For Fury Fest

The first batch of names has been announced for next year's Fury Fest, which happens from June 24-26 at Le Mans in France. Among those bands confirmed to appear are In Flames, Neurosis, Suicidal Tendencies, Mayhem and Behemoth.

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Behemoth Posts "Conquer All" Video Online

Polish black metallers Behemoth have uploaded the video for the track "Conquer All," off their latest CD, "Demigod," at this location.

The "Conquer All" clip was directed by Joanna Rechnio and "the whole filming session took us about 11 hours," Behemoth frontman Nergal said in a statement. "I believe we did a great job. It's for sure the best thing we have done so far."

"Demigod" was mixed by Behemoth frontman Nergal and producer Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, In Flames) at Dug-Out studios in Uppsala, Sweden. Mastering duties were handled at the Cutting Room studios in Stockholm. A guest appearance by Nile's Karl Sanders is included in the track "Xul."

"Demigod" was released in October via Regain Records in Europe, Mystic Records in Poland, Raven Music in Israel and Irond in Russia. A U.S. release is planned for early 2005.

Behemoth have lined up a number of North/South American tour dates in support of "Demigod." A complete list of currently confirmed shows can be viewed at this location.

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Behemoth Singer Comments On European Tour

Polish Black metallers Behemoth have just returned from their 33 shows European tour in support to their recent album "Demigod". Head here to view some live pics.

Nergal was very excited when we talked to him about this affair...

"This tour was a blast. I could go on and talk for hours how good it was but I have to keep it brief...This was so far the best European tour we've done on our own. I'm pretty sure that it wouldn't have be en as successful as it was without all these great bands we shared the stage with: KRISIUN, INCANTATION, RAGNAROK, PUNGENT STENCH, HYPNOS...We'd love to send our highest gratitude to all the guys in these bands as well as to all the crew who made this tour so smooth and easy to go thru. U R THE BEST!!! If anyone ask me for the best band I've toured with...I will always say: KRISIUN, the most easy goin and hard working people I've met in this business. Guys, it was a huge challenge and great pleasure to meet u all again. We had a great time...INCANTATION is just a living underground legend. I don't need to say it was an honor to meet them on the same stage...RAGNAROK were also great companions and we had lotsa fun (Don't call me a bitch!!! Ha ha...)...PUNGENT STENCH was as good as I thought they would be. Thanx for killer time mates! HYPNOS, our old Czech brothers were solid as usual (Bruno! Drink more...and join us on the way to borthel next time, ha ha!). Words of appreciation go to Johan from Metallysee for making this tour possible and Pedro for trying his best! THANK U GUYS!!!
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Nightwish Confirmed For Next Year's NEMHF

The New England Metal And Hardcore Festival 7 will be held on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24 at the Palladium in Worcester, MA. The latest act confirmed for the festival, according to Pollstar.com is NIGHTWISH, who will perform on April 23rd.

Acts confirmed for the festival now include: NIGHTWISH, CRYPTOPSY (23rd) and KING DIAMOND, NILE, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER and BEHEMOTH (24th).

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Behemoth To Tour With Suffocation

Behemoth have been confirmed for the upcoming King Diamond/Nile/Black Dahlia Murder tour happening in April of 2005. The tour follows their January/February co headlining run with Suffocation. Here's what Nergal (guitars/vocals) had to say:

“Hey f(r)iends! We're touring Europe right now with Incantation and Krisuin in support of our brand new record, Demigod. The new songs have been sounding great live and we can't wait to play them for our U.S. fans! It seems we will be conquering North America a few times next year; I have just gotten the confirmation for the King Diamond/Nile tour. All I have to say is this is my dream line up! Playing before living legends such as the King and Nile is more than an honor! We hope to see you all soon! HORNS UP!”

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