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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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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 3

On the latest installment of Metalunderground.com's new official podcast, hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) gear up for a season of new metal by discussing some early 2014 releases.

00:02:25: After years of experimentation with mixed results, Sweden's The Haunted teased old school fans with the thrashy, aggressive three-song EP "Eye Of The Storm" (reviewed here). The digital 7' is the product of a revamped lineup that sees former vocalist Marco Aro and former drummer Adrian Erlandsson rejoin the fold.

00:19:45: Next up is the new EP "Clear" from Bethesda, Maryland's Periphery. The popular "djent" standard bearers crept out on a limb with this effort: each song is a solo composition by separate band members, allowing each to explore his own songwriting style, which distills the band's influences and various elements as a centrifuge would separate blood cells. "Clear" may encounter a split fan reaction, but as Kevin will warn you, it's to be taken not as a change in direction, but as an experimental exercise of freedom.

00:39:04: We wrap up with a lively overview of Behemoth's long-awaited new studio album "The Satanist" (reviewed here), which is already proving to be one of 2014's most-discussed and highest acclaimed metal releases.

Click here for the podcast in full, enjoy, and offer us your feedback.

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Nergal: "Bands Forget About Emotion"

The mighty Behemoth is out now with latest album "The Satanist" (reviewed here), which was named our most anticipated album of the year.

Behemoth was also recently covered in our Sunday Old School column as part of "black metal history month."

In a recent interview with Ghost Cult, Behemoth's Nergal discussed the new album, as well as the state of metal today.

An excerpt from the interview follows:

Extreme art should be shocking and provoke a reaction. I really hope we are viewed as more than just a black metal band. We are an extreme band that can communicate our ideas on so many levels. Extreme metal music these days is often only extreme by definition. It is a never-ending process of striving for perfection. Too many bands are chasing this and the scene is becoming like the X-Factor for black metal. There is no danger and unpredictability anymore.

The majority of death metal bands from the U.S.A are so generic, they all sound perfect. It is fast and technical but there is no substance. Bands forget about emotion when they strive for perfection. You should be driven by your intuition and not just be concerned with shredding on your guitar. Perfection is boring and uninspiring. When people listen to "The Satanist," it will stimulate them in many different ways.

I saw Cabaret at the theatre recently and it was extremely moving. Extreme art must make people uncomfortable whether it is music, art or films. It has to be thought provoking. It takes a lot of energy for me to do this. I remember after my transplant when we started playing shows again. There was a time I thought I was going to pass out on-stage because it was so taxing playing the show and I did not have as much energy as before but now I am ready. I know I can give my all to this.
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More Bands Added To NEM&F Lineup

The latest round of additions to the continually-expanding lineup for 2014's installment of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival has been disclosed, including Massachusetts' own '90s hardcore punk act, Sam Black Church.

Confirmed as one of the main headliners of the event's third night, Saturday, April 19th, Sam Black Church's set at NEMHF 2014 will mark only the third performance since the group initially disbanded at the turn of the century, and first in Central Massachusetts since the late '90s.

Stated the band upon being asked to take part in the massive event this Spring: "It is amazing what the man we used to know as Ogre has done with the New England Metalfest! We are fucking excited to be a part of it once again!"

The organizers of the fest comment: "Formed in Boston, in June of 1988 by Jesse "Jet" Crandall (vocals), Ben Crandall (guitar), Richard G. Lewis (bass), and J.R. Roach (drums), Sam Black Church was known for their energetic live performances, playing a frenetic blend of hardcore, metal, and thrash. Over the years sharing bills with bands as diverse as Bad Brains, Clutch, Motörhead, Cro-Mags, Fear, and Helmet, they were one of the most popular hardcore bands in the Northeast United States during the 1990s. After releasing three full-lengths on Taang! Records, they left to join Wonderdrug where they remained until they retired in 2000 after releasing a total of seven albums. Since disbanding, Sam Black Church reunited for a sold-out show on September 22, 2007, at The Roxy in Boston, and played a another sold-out performance at Hometown Throwdown #16 with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at House of Blues in Boston on December 29th, 2013. A documentary of their career by Duncan Wilder Johnson entitled Leave Behind a Groove in the Earth is scheduled for release in 2014."

Also now confirmed to invade this year's festival are Oceano, Scars of Tomorrow, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, InDirections, and Julius Seizure on Thursday, April 17th, and Reflections on Friday, April 18th. The setup for Saturday, April 19th has also been lengthened with Texas In July, Obey The Brave and the aforementioned Sam Black Church performance. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Sunday Old School: BMHM Part 1. Behemoth

Back in 2011 and 2012, MetalUnderground.com decided to devote all our Sunday Old School columns in February to some of the most important, influential and most popular bands in the history of black metal, which we appropriately named, "Black Metal History Month." This year, we’ve decided to bring back the feature and, with their new album, "The Satanist" out tomorrow in Europe, who better to kick things off than Poland’s own, Behemoth?

Behemoth was formed in 1991 in the city of Gdansk, the fourth largest metro area of Poland by vocalist/guitarist, Adam "Nergal" Darski, Czech born drummer, Adam "Baal" Muraszko and a second guitarist known as, "Desecrator." The trio recorded three demos in their early days, "Endless Damnation," "The Return of the Northern Moon" and most significantly, "From the Pagan Vastlands," which featured a cover of the Mayhem song, "Deathcrush" and was released two months after it was recorded by Polish label, Pagan Records before it saw a release in the United States via Wild Rags. By 1995, Desecrator had left the group, leaving Behemoth as a duo, though the two were nevertheless ready to record a full length studio album for Pagan Records, which was released that year under the title, "Sventevith (Storming Near the Baltic)." It was given mediocre reviews by the critics, though they soon won them over with their second album, "Grom," which hit the shelves in January of 1996. This sophomore album saw the band bringing in a much wider range of influences and sounds, including the use of female vocals and earning them the respect of many members of the metal press in the process.

It was on their next album, 1998s "Pandemonic Incantations" that the band began to develop the blackened death metal sound which they are known for today. They toured for two solid years in support of the record but due to a lack of promotion from then label, Solistitium, the album did not fare well commercially. Behemoth decided that a change was needed and signed a new record deal with the Italian label, Avantgarde Music, through which they released their fourth album, "Satanica" in 1999. The label seemed very willing to promote the Polish outfit and booked them tours supporting American death metal legends, Deicide, as well as Norwegian black metal outfit, Satyricon. They were soon forced to make lineup changes however, which saw the recruitment of bassist Marcin "Novy" Nowak and guitarist, Havok. More...

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Behemoth Posts Fourth Prologue Video

Behemoth has posted a brand new behind-the-scenes video for "The Satanist," which can be seen below courtesy of Metal Sucks.

This video is the fourth and final installment in a series of videos that offer a glimpse into the thought process behind the album that Albert Mudrian of Decibel Magazine heralds as "simply the best Behemoth record ever."

"The Satanist" is due out February 7th in Europe and February 4th in North America. You can also hear the new song "Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer" over at this location. More...

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Behemoth Posts New Track Online

Behemoth has posted a brand new track from forthcoming album, "The Satanist." The track is entitled "Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer" and is accompanied by a lyric video that includes artwork and text from inside the digipak booklet.

"Ora Pro Nobis," which is Latin for "pray for us," features lyrics penned by Nergal, along with Krzysztof Azarewicz. Check it out below.

"The Satanist" is due out February 7th in Europe and February 4th in North America, and it was named our most anticipated album of 2014.

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Nergal Video Interview Available

TV Rock Life has released a video interview with Behemoth's Nergal, in which he discusses the band's new music video for "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" (the music video can be seen here) and upcoming album "The Satanist."

Check out the interview below. "The Satanist" is due out February 7th in Europe and February 4th in North America, and it was named our most anticipated album of 2014.

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Behemoth Posts Third Prologue Video

Behemoth has posted a brand behind-the-scenes video for "The Satanist." This video is the third in a series of four that offers a glimpse into the thought process behind the album. Check it out below, courtesy of Bloody Disgusting.

Behemoth front man Nergal simply offers the following statement: "The Satanist is magic. It's dangerous. It's adventurous, and it's organic."

The band's upcoming album "The Satanist" was named the most anticipated release of 2014 in our annual year-end awards.

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Metal Alliance Tour Invading NEM&H Festival

The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival is pleased to officially welcome The Metal Alliance Tour to its already punishing three-day assault.

The illustrious tour package will make a stop in Worcester on Saturday April 18th and features headliners Behemoth, alongside Metal Blade labelmates Goatwhore, with additional support from 1349, Inquisition, and Black Crown Initiate.

Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary, this year's edition of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival will take place on April 17th, 18th, and 19th. The currently announced lineup is as follows (not the final running order): More...

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Behemoth Posts "The Satanist" Prologue II Preview

Behemoth has released another preview clip "Prologue II" for the upcoming (and Metalunderground.com's most anticipated release) new album "The Satanist." The album strikes on February 7th in Europe and February 4th in North America.

The preview is part of a series of preview clips which chronicle the creative and technical processes behind the album. Part one of the series can be viewed at this location.

The track listing for "The Satanist" is:

1. Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel (see music video here)
2. Furor Divinus
3. Messe Noire
4. Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer
5. Amen
6. The Satanist
7. Ben Sahar
8. In the Absence of Light
9. O Father O Satan O Sun!

Check out the preview clip here: More...

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Fourth Annual Metal Alliance Tour Lineup Announced

Poland's Behemoth was named as headliner of the fourth annual Metal Alliance Tour in North America, which commences in April in Tempe, Arizona. Also on the bill is Goatwhore, 1349, Inquisition and Black Crown Initiate.

Once again, the tour will be at The Palladium in Worcester, MA as part of the upcoming New England Metal & Hardcore Festival on April 18th. Tickets can be purchased at this location.

Confirmed dates are:

April
4 - Tempe, AZ - Club Red
5 - Los Angeles, CA - House Of Blues
6 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom
8 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theater
10 - Oklahoma City, OK - 1H Chameleon Room
11 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
12 - Austin, TX - Emo's East (Texas Independence Fest)
13 - Houston, TX - House Of Blues
15 - Orlando, FL - Beacham Theater
16 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
17 - Philadelphia, PA - 4H Theater Of The Living Arts
18 - Worcester, MA - Palladium (as part of the The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival)
19 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
22 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda
23 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
24 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theater
25 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
26 - Minneapolis, MN - Skyway Theater
27 - Winnipeg, MB - Garrick Center
29 - Calgary, AB - Mac Hall
30 - Edmonton, AB - Union Hall

May
2 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater
3 - Seattle, WA - Studio 7 More...

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Behemoth Posts "The Satanist" Teaser

Behemoth has released a brand new behind-the-scenes video for upcoming album "The Satanist," which was named our most anticipated release of 2014.

The video available below is the first in a series of four that chronicles a selection of the creative and technical processes behind the album. Front man Nergal simply offers the following statement: "The Satanist is magic. It's dangerous. It's adventurous, and it's organic."

You can also watch the band's recently released music video for "Blow Your Trumpet Gabriel" at this location. "The Satanist" will be unleashed on February 7th in Europe and February 4th in North America. More...

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Metalunderground.com's Best Of 2013 Awards

We come now to the end of a year overflowing with metallic fury from bands new and old, regrouped and long-running, and covering just about every imaginable sub-genre.

More than anything 2013 was characterized by returns of bands long dormant, with highlights for fans easily coming from the reemergence of Carcass, Gorguts, Summoning, Extol, and Black Sabbath.

While there were some notable critical flops (“Super Collider” and the self-titled “Satyricon” come to mind), this year featured an overall satisfying lineup of good, great, and even fantastic albums from across the metal spectrum. That’s a boon for metal heads, but it also makes it harder for us to easily nail down clear winners in our categories as votes come in from our diverse staff of contributors positioned around the globe.

Long running staples of the European scene made their marks as usual in 2013, with new albums from Amon Amarth, Amorphis, Stratovarius, and Dark Tranquillity. Interestingly, the U.S. wasn’t left behind as much this year, with tunes out from Skeletonwitch, Subrosa, Toxic Holocaust, Vattnet Viskar, ASG, Castevet, Inter Arma, and more.

Just because Testament wasn’t around didn’t mean thrash slouched off either, with Sodom, Onslaught, Evile, and Death Angel bringing out the big guns. The experimental and avant-garde side saw weirdly awesome releases from Oranssi Pazazu, Code, and Tribulation, while unexpectedly different offerings arrived courtesy of Watain and Darkthrone. Death metal meanwhile bore witness to newly unleashed material from the likes of Suffocation, Deicide, Autopsy, Hail of Bullets, Hypocrisy, and Six Feet Under. More...

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Behemoth Posts "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" Video

Poland's Behemoth released the long awaited music video for the new single "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel," which appears on the upcoming new album "The Satanist." The video, as well as the cover artwork (painted by Denis Forkas) for the "The Satanist" can be viewed below.

"The Satanist," is now available for pre-order. Pre-order bundles, include: CD, LP, t-shirt, as well as the deluxe box set, and are available at this location in North America and this location in Europe. "The Satanist" will be unleashed on February 3rd in the UK, February 4th in North America and Poland, February 5th in Japan, and February 7th in Europe and the rest of the world. Also, "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" has been released on iTunes and can be purchased over here.

Behold "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel":

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Behemoth Posts Third Trailer For New Video/Single

Behemoth released a third preview clip in a series leading up to the release of the new single "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel," which appears on the upcoming new album "The Satanist." The video, as well as the cover artwork (painted by Denis Forkas) for the full length album will be issued on December 4th.

"The Satanist" as produced by Behemoth, Wojtek and Slawek Wieslawscy, and Daniel Bergstrand in Hertz Studio and mixed by Matt Hyde (Slayer) and mastered by Ted Jensen (Metallica, AC/DC) at Sterling Sound.

Check out the trailer here: More...

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Behemoth Posts Second Trailer For New Video/Single

Behemoth will premiere a new unholy incantations digitally and on exclusive vinyl only. A first new sign of life from Polish black/death Behemoth comes in form of the song "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" off the upcoming new record "The Satanist."

The album was produced by Behemoth, Wojtek and Slawek Wieslawscy, and Daniel Bergstrand in Hertz Studio. "The Satanist" was mixed by Matt Hyde (Slayer) and mastered by Ted Jensen (Metallica, AC/DC) at Sterling Sound.

The cover art, which will be revealed on December 4th, is a painting by Denis Forkas. For the cover, Nergal's own blood was included in the paint. Additional artwork was handled by Metastazis and Zbigniew Bielak.

The Grupa 13 produced video for "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" will also be released on December 4th. A second teaser video for the video can be seen now below.

The limited edition (2,000 copies: 1,000 white and 1,000 black, 180 gram vinyl) 12" EP of "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" will be released on December 4th, 2013 via Behemoth/New Aeon Musick in Europe and will be released as a gatefold with each copy hand numbered and signed by the band. More...

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Behemoth Posts Video Teaser

The first new sign of life from Polish black/death metal legends Behemoth comes in form of the song "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" of the upcoming new record "The Satanist."

The album was produced by Behemoth, Wojtek and Slawek Wieslawscy, and Daniel Bergstrand in Hertz Studio. "The Satanist" was mixed by Matt Hyde and mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound.

The cover art, which will also be revealed on December 4th, is a painting by Russian painter and occultist, Denis Forkas. For the cover, Nergal's own blood was included in the paint. Additional artwork was handled by Metastazis and Zbigniew Bielak.

The Grupa 13 produced video for "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" will also be released on December 4th. The teaser for the video can be seen now here: More...

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In Solitude To Support Behemoth, Cradle Of Filth

Looks like February will be bedazzled by a rather black sun when occult outfit In Solitude will embark on a 19-date European trek supporting Cradle of Filth on the band's co-headlining tour with Behemoth. Support on this tour also comes from Inquisition and Svarttjern.

In Solitude from Uppsala, Sweden is out now with third effort "Sister." Currently In Solitude is touring North America supporting Watain.

Behemoth meanwhile will release new album "The Satanist" in 2014. Frontman Nergal comments: “We are immensely proud to start promotion of 'The Satanist' on the release date of the album in such a noble company. It's been a while since we toured Europe for the last time… The wolf pack grew stronger and hungrier and with new opus and stage production we have so much more to offer. This European crusade will be the catalyst of 2 years long tour so keep your eyes open!”

Vocalist Dani Filth of Cradle of Filth also comments: “We are very much looking forward to touring with Behemoth et al, as I think the combined line-up for these momentous shows is definitely very killer. Prepare for some riotous shows immersed in such esteemed dark company, as Cradle traverses an Old Skool tour programme set against a viscerally visual backdrop of nocturnal metal supremacy. In other words, be there or be squared. Pinhead-style!” More...

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Behemoth Announces New Tour Dates

Behemoth will be travelling to the Eastern hemisphere in October to play shows throughout Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.

In addition to some of the more regularly toured regions, Behemoth will be traveling deep into Asia to perform in Kathmandu, Nepal for the final date of the tour. Plans are in motion for North American shows in 2014, and will be announced within the next few months.

Founder and front man Nergal adds: "The anticipation is almost over. It's been ages since we toured Asia and Oceania last. I know there are legions of devotees waiting for Behemoth to return. Expect the best…we are hungrier than ever!"

16.10. T Bangkok
19.10. JP Saitama (Brutal Assault Festival)
21.10. RC Beijing
22.10. RC Shang Hai
24.10. AUS Perth (Capitol)
25.10. AUS Melbourne (The Esplanade Hotel)
26.10. AUS Sydney (The Manning Bar)
27.10. AUS Brisbane (The Hifi)
29.10. NZ Auckland (Kings Arms)
01.11. SGP Singapore
03.11. RI Solo
09.11. NP Kathmandu

Behemoth's new album, "The Satanist" will be released in early 2014 and more information will be released soon.

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Behemoth Performs New Track At Brutal Assault

Polish blackened death metallers Behemoth recently pushed back the release of new album "The Satanist" to 2014.

However the band performed a new track from the album live at the Brutal Assault fest, titled "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel."

Footage of the performance is now available online courtesy of YouTube user "pryxfus." Check out the clip below.

New album "The Satanist" will follow the band's previous full-length release "Evangelion" (reviewed here).

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