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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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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.
Polish black metal masters VESANIA, whose lineup includes Orion (BEHEMOTH) and Daray (VADER), have posted the following message on their official web site:
"We recently returned from another collection of shows that took us through Scandinavia with CRYPTOPSY, ABORTED, VISCERAL BLEEDING; and then through Poland on the Polish leg of the Blitzkrieg IV Tour with VADER, TRAUMA, and AZARATH.
"The Scandinavian tour was a further opportunity for us to perform in places we've never ventured before. The highlight of the tour was undoubtedly Finland, an experience that we're going to remember for a very long time.
"In general, the tour provided many unforgettable moments, great company and a tonne of strengthening and motivating energy. Another experience and another step forward for the band with the final show being an important milestone in the history of VESANIA!
"Blitzkrieg IV was another chapter altogether. The expectations we had were really hard to define as a place on the bill with VADER doesn't necessarily guarantee good shows. Whilst it was a great honour, we knew that in order to be well received we had to put in a lot of hard work. Fortunately, all of our anxiety dissipated on the very first day. The audience, including guests, was nigh on 1000 and the response was just unbelievable and this evening set the tone for the rest of the tour. This enormous energy that we receive from you all is the reason for us showing up on stage every evening and it means a real lot. We're growing stronger as a band thanks to your hunger for our music. Thank you all so very, very much for everything. We needed this dose of inspiration and emotion before undertaking the next album.
"By the way, news about the new stuff will be coming soon so stay tuned. We'd also like to apologise regarding the show in Opole where we've been banned. Unfortunately, not all things are within our control...
"To sum things up, 'God The Lux' turned out to be a breakthrough for us as an album but also on the live front as well. We hit the road for this album with The Domination Tour in February 2006 closely followed by Metalmania and the God The Black Eastern European Tour (headlining) in March, the Scandinavian/European Tour in August/September and finally Blitzkrieg IV. All in all, close to 80 shows! This is a good result and we made it through! Big thanks must go to the Massive Music agency for allowing us the opportunity to be such an active band. Further shows will follow the forthcoming album - see you soon, take care!"
Portugal's gothic metal kings Moonspell will team up with Napalm Death, Behemoth and Dew-Scented for an European tour in March/April 2007. Confirmed dates are as follows: More...
Drummer Inferno of the Polish black metallers BEHEMOTH has twisted his ankle, which has made him unable to walk. Shortly after he was transported to the hospital, the group's mainman, Nergal, issued the following statement:
"The accident happened right before we were about to take off to Belgium, to play at Vlamrock fest. His leg was put in plaster which makes him unable to walk. Fortunately, his ankle isn't broken, but he won't be able to perform for the coming weeks. We are pissed off but there's nothing we can do about it. BEHEMOTH is known for NOT canceling any shows, but this shit went beyond our control. We wanna apologize to all the fans and festival organizers and promise to come back as soon as possible and make it all up to you the best we can!"
The affected dates are as follows:
Aug. 26 - Vlamrock Festival, Belgium
Sep. 09 - Precursors of Eternity, Austria
BEHEMOTH frontman Nergal spoke to MetalEater.com on Thursday (August 10) regarding the details of the band's forthcoming album, which he has previously described as being "insane, heavy and epic."
Nergal elaborates: "That's what it sounds like so far. I can't really say much until it's done, but we're working on the record. We have like almost six songs finished; four of them are crazy — just crazy. It's fast; it's technical; it's fuckin' catchy; it's everything, you know. It's heavy, more like mid-tempo, slow songs. I can't say yet, but it's going to be a crazy record — and hopefully the best one. But what else can I say at this stage — not much."
When asked if the new album would follow the same theme as "Demigod", Nergal confirmed: "Yeah, we are continuing where we stopped with 'Demigod'. And when that record ended we started from there; trying to move on and develop from there and just get better — and hopefully get better songs and everything. So let's see what happens. I'm pretty sure that this record is going to rock as fuck, and I'm pretty sure it's going to top 'Demigod'. We picked up a great producer to make the record. I'm not going to reveal any names yet because it's still under work. We are doing everything to top 'Demigod', to put out the best BEHEMOTH record. We can, you know. . . Actually, we picked the (tentative) title and it's 'The Apostasy'; it's the working title for this new record. . . We're going to start recording by the end of October and be ready by late February, and hopefully have the record ready by around May (2007). It takes ages to do records, and that's the way it has to be."
During Machine Head's last show in St Paul Minnesota for the Sounds of The Underground Tour, Orion, Seth and Nergal from Behemoth, Matt from Trivium and Doug from Terror were invited onstage for a crunching rendition of 'Davidian'. Behemoth did their characteristic simultaneous windmills, and sang along for the chorus.
Says Behemoth frontman, Nergal,
"I watched their set every day and the way these guys embrace the energy is unspeakable! Also, Rob & Co. played a new song and fuck me, its the best thing theyve made ever: fast and fuckin furious. It was a privilege to share the stage with one of the most incredible metal bands out there. The tour is not over yet, but I can already say that this was my absolute highlight".
A short video clip of the performance is available for viewing from the main MySpace page. Behemoth are now in Vancouver recovering from their Canadian show, anxious to rip up the crowds once again.
Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH made their triumphant return to U.S. last week as a part of massive Sounds Of The Underground tour in support of the band's latest record, Demigod. Vocalist/guitarist Nergal checks in with the following report:
"We've been on the road for more than a week now and let me tell you something, it's the most fun tour we've ever been on. Every day is a massive party and it's rather hard to avoid it ha ha...I'm happy to see that all the bands and the crew people can become such a happy metal family. Thank you all for that! Bah, I forgot about the very generous Jagermeister people at the Jagermeister tent, roasted salmon and shots rule, ha ha...
"I love watching GWAR almost every day. These guys are just pure fun to watch and hang out with. Cannibal nails it every show too. What a merciless killing machine. I'm suprised by the Trivium set and they are definitely a talented band. A few minutes ago I was checking out In Flames and believe me, 'Take This Life' sounds huuuge live.
"The shows are tough due to the merciless heat. We go on around 3PM every day in full sun armored in spikes and leather. It's not an easy thing to do but the feedback we get from the crowd is overwhelming. Thanks for showing up early and attending our signing sessions. It's definitely worth struggling the harsh weather conditions for fans like you! No matter what, we are the devil and the devil's work we do!"
Having recently completed the second leg of their Polish tour in support of the Demigod album, Behemoth frontman Nergal has checked in with the following update:
"It was simply a blast. Touring with such a company [ Corruption, Virgin Snatch, Hermh] and playing in front of packed venues was a perfect ending for this never ending tour. I loved the fact that we also finally played a decent crowd and a nice venue in our hometown. I'm sure that no one who saw us in action was disappointed. We gave our very fuckin' best and it feels to good to see you guys gave so much inreturn! Moreover, sharing stage with Virgin Snatch, Hermh and Corruption was an awesome experience and the whole tour turned out to be a massive success.More...
Machine Head, Converge, Vision of Disorder, Horse the Band and other special guests have been added to select dates on the Sounds of the Underground tour, featuring As I Lay Dying, In Flames, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Gwar, Terror, The Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth, the Chariot, Through the Eyes of the Dead and Evergreen Terrace.
The tour, which represents some of the best independent-minded music available today, begins appropriately over the Independence Day holiday week, on July 8 in Cleveland and runs through August 12 winding up in Universal City, California.
The new additions are: More...
We've got new photos from the Taste of Chaos Tour and Masters of Chaos tour. The Taste of Chaos photos are coutesy of Scott Legato from the show in Dayton, Ohio featuring the Deftones, As I Lay Dying, Atreyu, Story Of The Year, Thrice, dredg, Pelican, and Funeral For A Friend. The Masters of Chaos photos are courtesy of Gothique, from the show in Worchester, Massachussetts featuring Morbid Angel, Krisiun, Behemoth and Despised Icon.
You can check them both out in the photo gallery.
Last Saturday, April 8, was the day of the Worcester stop of the Masters Of Chaos Tour. Before the show I was dreading that if not enough tickets were sold, the Palladium owners will pull up a last minute change of floors ( upstairs, instead of downstairs) like they did last year for the Behemoth/ Suffocation show- not that upstairs is bad but there’s no photographers pit which would result in poor quality pictures from the side of the stage. Thankfully, my fears were put to sleep when I got there, the venue was full of enthusiastic metal fans. What an amazing night for metal that was. More...
Sounds of the Underground is rapidly taking shape. Tickets will be available through a pre-sale via Artist Arena on April 11 at noon local times. Tickets go on sale to the public April 15th (some exceptions), check local listings.
This year, the extravaganza will begin on July 8th in Cleveland, Ohio and run for the better part of the summer.
As was previously announced this years powerhouse lineup consists of; As I Lay Dying, In Flames, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, GWAR, Terror, The Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth, The Chariot and Through the Eyes of the Dead. SOTU is excited to have some special guests join the tour in select cities. Killswitch Engage will join in Mansfield, MA on July 14. Joining SOTU for the Phoenix and San Diego shows only are new American metal pioneers Shadows Fall, modern metalcore band It Dies Today, and Still Remains. Starting in Orlando, FL on July 19, Jacksonville 's own true hardcore champions Evergreen Terrace have been added to the majority of the tour.
Now on board; Tour Sponsor Jagermeister (for the 2nd year), and Online Sponsors: Digital Metal, Lambgoat and Download Punk have been added as event sponsors, joining the rest of the entrepreneurial powers that be who view Sounds of the Underground as the new definitive voice for independent metal festivals.
The organizers for this year's Sounds of the Underground Tour; Paul Conroy and Carl Severson of Ferret Music, Tim Borror, Larry Mazer of Entertainment Services, with National Promoter House of Blues along with partners Metal Blade, Trustkill and Prosthetic Records, The Syndicate, Music Choice, and tour sponsors Hot Topic, Revolver Magazine, Eulogy Recordings.
Dates of THE 2006 Sounds Of The Underground Festival are as follows (subject to change):
July 08 CLEVELAND, OH PLAIN DEALER PAVILLION
July 09 CHICAGO, IL 1ST MIDWEST BANK AMP. PARKING LOT
July 11 TORONTO, ON MOLSON AMPHITHEATRE
July 12 MONTREAL, QC METROPOLIS ***
July 13 POUGHKEEPSIE, NY MID HUDSON CIVIC CENTER
July 14 MANSFIELD, MA TWEETER CENTER PARKING LOT
July 15 SAYREVILLE, NJ STARLAND BALLROOM OUTSIDE
July 16 CAMDEN, NJ TWEETER WATERFRONT
July 17 WASHINGTON DC MERRIWEATHER PAVILLION
July 19 ORLANDO, FL TINKER FIELD
July 21 HOUSTON, TX VERIZON WIRELESS THEATRE
July 22 CORPUS CHRISTI, TX CONCRETE ST. AMPHITHEATRE
July 23 SAN ANTONIO, TX VERIZON WIRELESS AMP. PARKING LOT
July 26 MESA, AZ MESA AMPHITHEATRE *****
July 27 LAS VEGAS, NV HOUSE OF BLUES ***
July 28 SAN DIEGO, CA Venue TBA *****
July 29 MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA SHORELINE AMP. PARKING LOT
July 31 DENVER, CO UNIVERSAL LENDING PAVILION
August 02 SAUGET, IL POP'S OUTSIDE
August 03 STERLING HEIGHTS, MI FREEDOM HILL AMPHITHEA
August 04 MILWAUKEE, WI EAGLES BALLROOM
August 05 MINNEAPOLIS, MN ROY WILKINS AUDITORIUM
August 06 WINNIPEG, MB CONVENTION CENTRE
August 07 SASKATOON, SK CREDIT UNION CENTER
August 08 EDMONTON, AB NORTHLANDS AGRICOM
August 10 VANCOUVER, BC THE PNE FORUM
August 12 LOS ANGELES, CA GIBSON UNIVERSAL AMPHITHEATRE
PLAIN DEALER PAVILLION in Cleveland, OH was formally Scene Pavilion
July 14 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE special guest appearance
***AS I LAY DYING, IN FLAMES, TRIVIUM, GWAR, CANNIBAL CORPSE, TERROR & BLACK DAHLIA MURDER only ( Montreal, QC and Las Vegas, NV )
***** SHADOWS FALL, IT DIES TODAY & STILL REMAINS special guest appearance ( Mesa, AZ and San Diego, CA )
Brazil's KRISIUN are gearing up for The Monsters Of Chaos Tour with MORBID ANGEL, BEHEMOTH, and DESPISED ICON. Supporting their hard-hitting 2006 releases, the AssassiNation CD and Live Armageddon DVD, the tour begins April 2nd and runs through May 3rd. Checking in from the band's European tour, Alex Camargo said, "We in Krisiun would like to thank the mighty Morbid Angel for giving us the opportunity to take part in their upcoming tour. We all know that death metal wouldn't be the same without Morbid Angel, and to us it is a big deal to be part of this tour. We will be playing a few new songs and delivering an intense performance for you every night. See you all on tour and thanks to everyone for supporting the most extreme kind of music...death fucking metal!"
Confirmed dates for the tour are as follows:
2 - Ft Lauderdale, FL at Culture Room
4 - Lake Buena Vista, FL at House Of Blues
5 - Atlanta, GA at The Masquerade
6 - West Springfield, VA at Jaxx
7 - Poughkeepsie, NY at The Chance
8 - Worcester, MA at The Palladium
9 - New York City, NY at BB Kings Blues Club
11 - Montreal, QC at Medley
12 - Toronto, ON at The Opera House
13 - Cleveland, OH at Peabody's
14 - Mokena, IL at The Pearl Room
15 - St. Paul, MN at Station 4
18 - Seattle, WA at El Corazon
19 - Portland, OR at Roseland Theater
20 - San Francisco, CA at The Pound
21 - San Francisco, CA at The Pound
22 - Santa Ana, CA at Galaxy Theater
23 - Los Angeles, CA at Key Club
24 - Tempe, AZ at Marquee Club
25 - Albuquerque, NM at Sunshine Theater
26 - Ogden Theater at Denver, CO
28 - El Paso, TX at The Zone
29 - San Antonio, TX at White Rabbit
30 - Corpus Christi, TX at The Ballroom
1 - Houston, TX at Engine Room
3 - Tampa, FL at The Masquerade
Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH were forced to miss their appearance at the Atarfe Vega Rock festival in Atarfe, Granada, Spain after they were rejected by a Wizzar airlines flight to Spain for having oversized luggage.
"This situation was simply beyond our control," the band write in a statement. "Occasionally we face this kind of problems but it never really ended up like this. We are truly pissed off that we couldn’t get on that plane and were forced to cancel this festival. We haven't really discussed it with organizers yet, but we'll do our best to play there next year if possible. We are sending our biggest apologizes to all who showed up on March 11th in hope to see BEHEMOTH in Spain."
BEHEMOTH will support MORBID ANGEL on their "Masters of Chaos" U.S. tour beginning in early April. Also appearing on the bill are KRISIUN and DESPISED ICON.
According to MTV.com, As I Lay Dying, Gwar, In Flames, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Terror, the Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth, the Chariot and Through the Eyes of the Dead are all confirmed to take part in the second Sounds of the Underground Tour.
The Sounds of the Underground organizers are taking a different approach to this summer's festival by keeping the number of bands on the bill down and extending the length of set times. Last year most bands got no more than 30 minutes to play.
While dates for the trek — including the official launch date — are still being worked out, SOTU will return to Denver, St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Los Angeles, as well as cities in Texas, New England and western Canada. Tickets will go on sale in late March.
More bands will be announced in the coming weeks.
Due to fan demand, two more dates have now been added to the Master Of Chaos Tour 2006 with Behemoth, Morbid Angel, Despised Icon and Krisiun. They are:
Apr. 04 Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
May 03 Tampa, FL - The Masquerade
Here are the rest of the tour dates: More...
PyroMusic.net has posted 2 video files (including the full version of 'Pure Evil And Hate' in Sydney), and hundreds of Photos from Behemoth's Australian tour including Perth. The photos are available in an online galleries as well as a convenient ZIP packs, the videos can be downloaded from the same page as the gig photos.
Get the video of 'Pure Evil And Hate' (Full version) plus 196 Photos of Behemoth's Sydney show (which also featured Psycroptic, The Amenta, The Furor, Hobbs Angel Of Death, Ebolie, Flesh Mechanic, Beyond Terror Beyond Grace) here: http://pyromusic.net/index.php?p=gigs_review&id=28
88 Photos of Behemoth's Perth show, along with a 2:14 VIDEO splice of footage from the same event are available at: http://pyromusic.net/index.php?p=gigs_review&id=29
Just prior to the Australian tour, an interview was conducted with Vocalist/Guitarist Nergal which can be read here.
According to a posting on DISSECTION's official web site, the reactivated Swedish death metallers' final Scandinavian show focusing solely on their old songs - which is scheduled to take place December 30 at Kolingsborg (The Shrine) in Stockholm, Sweden (with special guests BEHEMOTH) - is now officially sold out. "We are honored to see the overwhelming interest for this special event and we look forward to celebrating the end of the old era with you all in the name of Death!" the group write on their web site. A second concert featuring the band's early material will take place on January 28 at the Winternoize Festival in Osnabrück, Germany. These shows will be the last-ever based on the group's classic albums and the band's only shows before next summer.
DISSECTION recently re-acquired the rights to their classic "Storm of the Lights Bane" album from Nuclear Blast. In addition, Black Lodge's licensing rights to the group's 1993 debut, "The Somberlain", will expire this month. Both albums are currently out of print and will be re-issued by the label to which DISSECTION will sign for their next album.
DISSECTION entered the studio in February to begin recording their long-awaited third album, the group's first release since "Storm of the Light's Bane". Rough-mix versions of two songs recorded during those sessions are available for download on their official web site.
Morbid Angel have revealed dates for their The Masters of Chaos Tour with Behemoth, Krisiun and Despised Icon in 2006. See dates below:
Apr. 02 Fort Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
Apr. 05 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Apr. 06 Springfield, VA - Jaxx West
Apr. 07 Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
Apr. 08 Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Apr. 11 Montreal, QUE - Medley
Apr. 12 Toronto, ONT - The Opera House
Apr. 13 Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Apr. 14 Mokena, IL - The Pearl Room
Apr. 15 St. Paul, MN - Station 4
Apr. 18 Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Apr. 19 Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
Apr. 20 San Francisco, CA - The Pound
Apr. 21 San Francisco, CA - The Pound
Apr. 22 Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theater
Apr. 23 Los Angeles. CA - Key Club
Apr. 24 Tempe, AZ - Marquee Club
Apr. 25 Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
Apr. 26 Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
Apr. 28 El Paso, TX - The Zone
Apr. 29 San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
Apr. 30 Corpus Christi, TX - The Ballroom
May 01 Houston, TX - Engine Room
More dates TBA.
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)