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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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Behemoth Announce International Tour Dates

"Hey there! Sorry for delay... I've been extremely busy with all the organisation for the new album. Good news is that DVD is finally available. Check out at your local stores. This week we are filming the first video for "Conquer All" song. Joanna Rechnio is taking care of the production and I can't wait to see the final result. I'm sure it will kill... and finally we got some tour dates announced too. I'm really happy things are so hectic...it's gonna be the most intense live activities we've ever been part of...See ya on tour then!" said Nergal about Behemoth's recent moves.

Clash of the Demigods European Tour 2004 with Krisiun, Incantation, Ragnarok: More...

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Behemoth, More European Tour Dates Announced

Polish black metal outfit Behemoth will be embarking on a co-headlining European tour with Brazilian death metallers Krisiun this fall. Pennsylvanian death/grind heavyweights Incantation and Norway's Ragnarok are also on the bill. The trek, dubbed "Clash Of Demigods European Tour 2004", will kick off late October and will run through mid-November.

"Clash Of Demigods European Tour 2004" dates:
Oct. 21 - 013 – Tilburg, NETH
Oct. 22 - Vera - Groningen, NETH
Oct. 23 - Biebob - Vosselaar, BEL
Oct. 24 - Locomotive - Paris, FRA
Oct. 25 - Underworld - London, UK
Oct. 26 - Whelans - Dublin, IRE
Oct. 28 - Doornroosje - Nijmegen, NETH
Oct. 29 - Exil - Trier, GER
Oct. 30 - Espace - Seichamps, FRA
Oct. 31 - N8 - Osnabruck, GER
Nov. 01 - Zeche Carl - Essen, GER
Nov. 02 - K17 - Berlin, GER
Nov. 03 - Musik Hus - Goteborg, SWE
Nov. 04 - John Dee - Oslo, NOR
Nov. 05 - Garage - Bergen, NOR
Nov. 06 - Tribute - Sandnes, NOR
Nov. 08 - Markthalle - Hamburg, GER
Nov. 09 - Rock It - Aalen, GER
Nov. 10 - Z7 - Pratteln, SWI
Nov. 11 - Rockstore (T.B.C) - Montepellier, FRA
Nov. 12 - Tunk - Irun, SPA
Nov. 13 - Ritmo & Compass - Madrid, SPA
Nov. 14 - Mephisto - Barcelona, SPA
Nov. 16 - Transilvania - Milano, ITA
Nov. 17 - Alpheus - Rome, ITA

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New Behemoth Album Cover Posted Online

Polish black metal kings Behemoth have posted the cover artwork for their new album, "Demigod," on their official website here.

"Demigod" is tentatively scheduled to be released this coming fall on Regain Records in Europe, Mystic Records in Poland, Raven Music in Israel and Irond in Russia. The album will be released in North America in early 2005.

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Behemoth Complete Work On Demigod

Polish black metal outfit Behemoth have completed work on their new album, "Demigod", for a fall release. The group's frontman Nergal has just finished mixing the album at Dug-Out studios in Uppsala, Sweden with Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, In Flames). Mastering duties were handled at the Cutting Room studios in Stockholm.

Commented Nergal: "Working with Daniel was awesome. Things went pretty smooth and we completed all the mixes within two weeks. It seems like this move was essential for us... The sound has never been so intense and fresh. Bergstrand brought a lot of new ideas into our music and I'm more than sure that 'Demigod' gained a new dimension. It was so much vital and necessary to have someone else involved in the production process than ourselves. It's great to work with somebody who has great experience and knows how to deal with the band like ours. I mean...this guy has worked with [some] of the biggest extreme metal bands around like Meshuggah, Strapping Young Lad or In Flames. I think it speaks for itself... "
He added: "It's the new beginning for us. 'Demigod', with all its might and splendor, rises above anything we've done before...Don't get me wrong. I love our previous works, but with this record, it feels like we've been locked in a dark room all this time, and now we came out and saw the light...I believe we achieved the best song writing and best production we could. Having such a great and supporting labels behind our back let us release new creativity and make something we haven't done before. In my opinion 'Demigod' is a way more extreme record than 'Zos Kia Cultus' but on the other hand it contains more classic influences...more eerie harmonies and catchiness. It's still difficult for me to get a right distance to this album as I've been working on it for last few months with no break and no rest. It still surprises me where all this enthusiasm comes from after all the energy I spent on this record ha ha..."
"Demigod" track listing:
01. Sculpting The Throne Ov Seth
02. Demigod
03. Conquer All (mp3 clip)
04. The Nephilim Rising
05. Towards Babylon
06. Before Aeons Came
07. Mysterium Coniunctionis (Hermanubis)
08. XUL
09. Slaves Shall Serve (mp3 clip)
10. The Reign Ov Shemsu-Hor

"Demigod" is tentatively scheduled for release this fall on 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.

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Incantation Post New MP3 Online

Listenable Records have posted a new mp3 of the American Death metallers INCANTATION, ‘Decimate Christendom’.

As previously reported, the album "Decimate Christendom" will be released on August 30th as a limited edition CD and features the following tracklisting: ‘Decimate Christendom’, ‘Dying Divinity’, ‘Oath Of Armageddon’, ‘Blaspheme The Sacraments’, ‘Merciless Tyranny’, ‘Horns Of Eradication’, ‘Unholy Empowerment Of Righteous Deprivation’, ‘Thorns Of Everlasting Persecution’, ‘No Paradise Awaits’, ‘Eternal Darkness Under Conquered Skies’, ‘Feeble Existence’ and ‘Exiling Righteousness’ (bonus track).

Also, Incantation will be touring Norway in November with RAGNAROK, KRISIUN and BEHEMOTH. Confirmed dates include: More...

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Ragnarok Announces European Tour Dates

Ragnarok have announced their European Tour 2004 with Krisiun, Behemoth and Incantation on their website.

Oct. 21 Tilburg, Netherlands @ 013
Oct. 22 Groningen, Netherlands @ Vera
Oct. 23 Vosselaar, Belgium @ Biebop
Oct. 27 Essen, Germany @ Zeche Carl
Oct. 28 Osnabruck, Germany @ N8
Oct. 29 Trier, Germany @ Exil
Nov. 3 Goteborg, Sweden @ Musik Hus
Nov. 4 Oslo, Norway @ John Dee
Nov. 5 Bergen, Norway @ Garage
Nov. 6 Sandnes, Norway @ Tribute

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Behemoth Album To Feature Nile Leader

Karl Sanders, guitarist and vocalist from American death metallers NILE has recorded a guest solo for the song 'Xul' off of BEHEMOTH's forthcoming record, Demigod. The album is still being recorded at Hendrix Studios (in Lublin, Poland) and soon we'll be mixed in Dug Out Studios in Uppsala, Sweden by Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, In Flames, Strapping Young Lad).

Behemoth guitarist/vocalist Nergal commented:

"I've known Karl and all the guys in Nile for quite a few years now. Whenever we cross paths we always have a great time and get along really well. Moreover, I've always been totally astonished by their great works, precision, devotion and unquestionable originality. When I asked Karl, if he'd like to put some solo on the album, the reaction was very enthusiastic. It was a really quick job. I handed him a rough mix of the song and next night I found this great lead part in my email box. It sounded TERRIFIC! I'm more than happy about the fact of his contribution. Thank You Karl for such an excellent gift! It is an honor!"
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Behemoth Studio Update

Polish black metal outfit BEHEMOTH are putting the finishing touches on their much-anticipated new record, "Demigod", tentatively scheduled for an October release. Frontman Nergal checked in with the following update:

"Hi all out there! Guess some of you are hungry for news. First of all, the whole recording process takes more time than we have expected. It’s due to our incredibly high demands towards our possibilities. We try to bring out the best of the potential we have, in order to make the most challenging work to date. We've just completed laying down bass tracks and the right-channel guitar tracks. In the meantime, I also do some vocals here and there. It looks like it’s gonna be the most aggressive and intense vocal work I've ever done. Soon I will be joined by guitarist Seth, and we’ll start working on solos...”
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Krisiun & Behemoth To Tour Europe In The Fall

KRISIUN, BEHEMOTH, RAGNAROK and INCANTATION will reportedly be teaming up for a European tour beginning in early November. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

Nov. 04 – Oslo, NOR @ Pandemonium @ John Dee
Nov. 05 – Bergen, NOR @ Garage
Nov. 06 – Sandnes, NOR @ Tribute

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News On Upcoming Behemoth DVD

Polish Black metal fiends BEHEMOTH have posted the following update: “We've been working in E-Media Studio for one week now, on the stuff for our upcoming DVD (Regain Records). It's gonna be fully entertaining release, I can assure you. Before we entered the studio and started mixing all the shots, I had spent a couple of weeks on selecting my video archives from the very beginning of Behemoth's history. This double DVD release, entitled Crush.Fukk.Create: Requiem For Generation Armageddon, will include two full length live shows as well as bonus DVD with long interview and tons of extremely crazy stuff from behind the stage! I'm pretty sure that you haven't seen anything like that before... and it's obvious that you have never expected this band to be as insane as it's shown on this DVD!"

Nergal has also issued the following update from E-Media Studio: “In the meantime we are very busy with song writing for our upcoming album, "Demigod" (Regain, Century Media, Mystic). We have 10 songs under making now... some are completed, some are not... anyway, from what we've done so far, I can easily say it will not disappoint anybody, who loved our last three records. Though I really hope that with this new album we'll enter new chapter. We truly count and rely on new contracts we've signed what should positively effect the results so we'll gain more splendor and attention... The recording session starts on the 29th of April. Tracks will be laid down in Hendrix studios in Poland, while mixing will take place in Dug Out in Sweden on the 21st of June. Expect an October release and shortly after, a worldwide touring campaign! IO PAN!"

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Behemoth Updates On New Album, 'Demigod'

Polish black/death metallers BEHEMOTH are continuing work on their seventh full-length album, "Demigod", tentatively due in late 2004 through Regain Records (Europe), Century Media (USA and South America) and Mystic (Poland). So far, nine songs have been completed for the follow-up to 2002's "Zos Kia Cultus - Here And Beyond" (Avantgarde), which will be recorded this spring and will feature the lineup of Nergal (guitars and vocals), Inferno (drums), and Seth (bass, guitars).

Commented Nergal:
"We are extremly busy with the new stuff. It's going the direction we want, there is no doubt about it. Songs are the continuation of our latest album but it seems that the new stuff is gonna be way more intense and brutal. Some of it will be a bit slower, with a groove...but most of it is just unbelievably fast and technical. That's what we've already started on 'Zos…'. But all the ideas will be pushed even further now...which in result will give you the strongest record we've ever made.

"I've got tons of stuff written though there are no final versions of the lyrics for 'Demigod'. But one thing is certain. It's all about things we experience in our lives... I think I'm not far from the truth if I say that it's gonna have the most vital energy of all the albums, with a very powerful and mighty approach to it. Some of the lyrics I'm working on right now have titles such as: 'XUL', 'Babylon 2004 e.v.', 'Sculpturing the Throne ov Seth'. There's also gonna be a song called 'Conquer All' which title speaks for itself. It's about how much we strive for greatness in our lives, compromising with nobody. It tells how much pain it takes to transgress into new beings, by leaving all the shit behind and taking only what's good and valuable. It's...all that gave me so much strength and self-confidence. I push myself thru snow and rain but in the end of the day I will get exactly what I want. The best of all there is..."

Check out a few photos taken during the rehearsal sessions at this location.

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Behemoth Working On The New Album

The Black metal invaders from Poland BEHEMOTH have already started working on new songs that will appear on their forthcoming album for Regain Reacords( Europe). Current line up is: Nergal- guitars and vocals, Inferno- drums and Seth- bass, guitars.

"2003 was probably the most hard working period in band's history. Especially the US leg of ZOS KIA tour, more than 60 shows that we played, was a breaking point for Behemoth. We took a very short break after last shows, and now we focus totally on writing..."

"I'm very excited about new songs" says Nergal. We've just started working on new songs, and develope ideas and riffs I've been working on for last months. It's just insane, I can tell you. This new stuff is goin to be so much ahead of what we've done before...we've never reached such a point of intensivity. Working title for our 7th album is 'Demigod' and this should tell you everything about what it will sound like. With no doubts it's gonna be the most devastating, technical and crushing record we've ever come up with ! New riffs just flow, the working atmosphere is just perfect...we've got so much new inspiration lately.
It will all have strong impact on what you will hear on "Demigod".

Behemoth is also planning to finally complete mixing of their first Official DVD.

In March they will be playing two shows in Greece with Norwegian CARPATHIAN FOREST. Check them out if you have a chance!

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Behemoth Extend Contract with Olympic

Olympic Recordings have extended their contract with Behemoth. The band will begin recording in the Spring, with the album expected to be released at the end of 2004.

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Behemoth Extend Deal with Olympic

Based on the success of Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond), the Polish purveyors of the extreme known as Behemoth have extended their contract with Olympic Recordings. The group have already commenced the songwriting process for their highly anticipated new album and will enter the studio in early spring with hopes for a late 2004 release.

This has been a breakthrough year for Behemoth, who made their U.S. live debut at the New Jersey March Metal Meltdown festival, which served as the kickoff date for an extensive nationwide tour alongside Deicide and Amon Amarth. >From there, they appeared on the first three dates of the now-infamous "Metal Gods" tour headlined by Halford and Testament, as well as the inaugural "Blackest of the Black" festivals (also featuring Danzig, Superjoint Ritual, Opeth, Nile and Lacuna Coil). Behemoth capped off the year supporting Six Feet Under on the "Un-Natural Born Killers" tour, and with the release of the limited-edition Conjuration EP, featuring one new song, two covers and several live tracks. More...

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More Behemoth Dates Announced

After completing 31 dates with Six Feet Under, Skinless and As I Lay Dying in North America, Canada and Mexico, Polish black/death metallers Behemoth have taken a two-week break in L. A. to prepare themselves for the last three shows they will do on this American tour (two of them in California and one in Mexico). There is also talk about the band doing one extra show in Las Vegas with Superjoint Ritual, but this has yet to be confirmed.

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