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Formed: 1991
From: Poland
Last Known Status: Active


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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Nergal Checks In With Behemoth Studio Report

Polish extreme metal titans Behemoth are currently hard at work in the studio tracking their much-anticipated new album, "The Apostasy," which is currently set for a summer release. The new effort is being recorded in the band's hometown of Gdansk with Nergal (vocals, guitars) and long-time sound engineer Malta in the producers’ chairs.

Nergal checks in with the following news: “We’ve never been in better shape as a band. We spent three months preparing to record this album with no breaks, rehearsing four to six hours a day. Inferno has just completed the drum tracks. I must say Inferno is really dedicated to the whole project. He’s doing the most intense physical work in this band, and he’s easily at the top of his game right now.

“I remember Inferno trying to nail one song several times, and none of the versions seemed to be good enough. Then he took another take, and it sounded pretty amazing. I told him we could leave it as it is, as it was already pretty good. But the question was if we want it pretty good, or if we want it amazing. His answer was immediate: ‘Delete it. I can do it better; and he did just that.”

Malta further states, “I’ve never seen this band that well-rehearsed and ready for the recording. Inferno finally is playing on his own drumkit (Spaun), which was tested live several times on the recent tour. He knows exactly what to get out of it.”

Inferno also seems to be really happy with the results of his work. The whole drum session took about 10 days, in addition to a week of setting the right sounds and testing different microphones. Inferno says, “Before entering the studio, we pretty much had everything ready to go. There were no doubts whatsoever. I’m more than sure this is by far my best drum arrangements ever. This is my life’s work.”

Check out Behemoth's Myspace and YouTube pages to watch the brand new episode and pictures from "The Apostasy" drum recordings.

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Napalm Death Announce More Tour Dates

British inventors of grindcore, NAPALM DEATH, currently busy on their US headliner tour, are about to deliver another full dose of intense live shows in Europe early 2007. After a run of shows mainly in Scandinavia in January, NAPALM DEATH will then embark on the “No Mercy Festival Tour 2007” alongside Moonspell, Behemoth, Dew Scented and others.

NAPALM DEATH with Ox Fanzine, Slam & Allschools

10.01.2007 Roskilde(DK) @ Gimle
11.01.2007 Hassleholm (S) @ Markan
12.01.2007 Borlange (S) @ Bolanche
13.01.2007 Oslo (NO) @ Garage
14.01.2007 Stockholm (S) @ Debaser
16.01.2007 Helsinki (FI) @ Tavastia
17.01.2007 Turku (FI) @ Klubi
18.01.2007 Tampere (FI) @ tba
19.01.2007 Oulu (FI) @ Teatria
20.01.2007 Jyvaskyla (IS) @ Lutakko
21.01.2007 Tallinn (EE) @ Club Illusion
22.01.2007 Riga (LV) @ Melna Piektdiena Club
23.01.2007 Vilnius (LT) @ Mulen Ruzas Club
25.01.2007 Bucharest (RO) @ Preoteasa Club
26.01.2007 Sofia (BG) @ Hristo Botev
27.01.2007 Thessaloniki (GR) @ Mylos Apothiki
28.01.2007 Athens (GR) @ An Club More...

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Behemoth Enter The Studio

Polish extreme metal titans Behemoth entered the studio this week (December 11) to begin tracking their much-anticipated new album, "The Apostasy" (thesaurus definition of the word: the state of having rejected your religious beliefs or your political party or a cause [often in favor of opposing beliefs or causes]) which is currently set for a summer release. The new effort will be recorded in the band's hometown with mainman Nergal and longtime sound engineer Malta in the producer's chair.

Nergal (vocals, guitars) checks in with the following report: More...

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Vesania Give Post-Tour Update

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!"

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Moonspell, Behemoth Team Up For European Tour

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...

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Behemoth Drummer Injury Force Festival Cancelation

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

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Behemoth Frontman On Upcoming Album

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."

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Behemoth Joins Machine Head On Stage

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.

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Behemoth Frontman Checks In From SOTU 2

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!"

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Behemoth Working On New Material

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.

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Machine Head To Play Select Dates On SOTU Tour

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...

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Live Photos From Masters Of Chaos Tour Posted

The following live photos are from the April 8th show at The Palladium in Worcester, MA. Go to the Gallery Section to view them. Live report from the same show can be found here.

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Taste of Chaos, Masters of Chaos Photos Online

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.

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The Masters Of Chaos Tour Report

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...

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SOTU 2006 Tour Dates Announced

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 28 SAN DIEGO, CA Venue TBA *****


PLAIN DEALER PAVILLION in Cleveland, OH was formally Scene Pavilion

July 14 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE special guest appearance


***** SHADOWS FALL, IT DIES TODAY & STILL REMAINS special guest appearance ( Mesa, AZ and San Diego, CA )

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Krisiun Prepare For Monsters Of Chaos Tour

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

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Behemoth Forced To Cancel Atarfe Vega Rock

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.

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AILD, Gwar, In Flames, Trivium Confirmed For SOTU

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.

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Two More Dates Added To Master Of Chaos Tour

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...

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Live Behemoth Videos, Photos on PyroMusic.net

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.

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