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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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Italian death metal quartet Hour of Penance has announced the band's first-ever Australian tour dates, which will see the group supporting Behemoth. The tour will kick off in late October following a European tour with Psycroptic and Dyscarnate. The full routing for both tours can be found below.
Lead guitarist Giulio Moschini stated, “We’re very happy to announce that we will tour Australia for the first time, and we will do that by opening for one of the greatest bands around…Behemoth! We couldn’t be happier to end the ‘Sedition’ touring cycle by touring with such a great band! See you on the road!”
The band has recently been writing material for a new album. Says Moschini, “The works for the follow-up of ‘Sedition’ are almost done and we will enter the studio in October, right after the Australian tour. Can’t wait!”
Fellow guitarist Paolo Pieri added, “The new material sounds totally fresh and will be a bone-crushing feast for old and new fans of Hour of Penance.”
The upcoming album is expected out in early 2014. Catch the band live: More...
My personal confessions are less about what I enjoy that would shred my credibility through a wood chipper and more about which bands I used to despise that I'd never talk shit about today. Namely, I used to really hate System of a Down, Iron Maiden, Behemoth and Chimaira. After only hearing a handful of songs from each, I decided that all were overrated before actually giving their discography a real chance.
Holy shit did I regret that later on after listening to Chimaira's self-titled album, Iron Maiden's “Powerslave”, “Zos Kia Cultus,” and the entirety of “Toxicity” (although I still maintain that “Chop Suey” has always been overrated and overplayed and I'm not a fan of the title track on “Resurrection”).
It's hard to look at yourself after talking shit about music that you were completely ignorant about. Eventually, I moved on to "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son,” “Resurrection,” and “Steal This Album” and realized that I was talking out my ass and sounded like one of those guys who calls eurodance “techno” but has never listened to speedcore or confuses hip-hop with R&B. More...
In what is not in fact a Metalunderground April Fool's story this time around, Poland's Behemoth has been forced to cancel the band's upcoming appearance on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. The cancellation is due to drummer Inferno taking ill and requiring surgery. Front man Nergal comments:
"This must have been the most difficult decision we were forced to make in recent years. Behemoth is known for not canceling any shows or tours. But this is not something we can do when we are missing our driving force, the man behind the drums - Inferno. Unfortunately, he was hospitalized due to appendix surgery and it's gonna take him few months to fully recover and get back to shape.
"We are trying to save selected European Festivals with a fill in drummer (Krimh, ex-Decapitated), but we won't be risking doing a full-on prestigious tour like the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival without Inferno. Behemoth is a solid unit and any part of this unit missing makes us weaker, and that is not how we want to present our new material to our fans. Please, accept our apologies and be patient, we shall return to Europe (this fall) and US (early 2014) empowered and motivated as never before!"
The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival is set to kick off on Saturday, June 29th in San Bernardino, CA and features bands such as Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon, Amon Amarth, Machine Head, Job For a Cowboy, Battlecross, Children of Bodom, and many more.
Behemoth's recently announced forthcoming full-length album, "The Satanist," is scheduled for a fall 2013 release.
Behemoth, who has been holed up in Hertz Studios working on a tenth full-length album, is pleased to announce the title of the band's forthcoming full-length album "The Satanist." The album, which follows previous full-length "Evangelion" (reviewed here), will come out in the fall of 2013 - stay tuned for more studio updates, music, pre-order info and more.
Front man Nergal comments: "It took us over two decades to come up with a title that…says it all. While our new songs artistically take surprisingly adventurous directions, our message stands steadfast—Proud and Radical. The Satanist stands for undying yearning for liberation and love for freedom in all aspects of life. Considering all our life experiences that often took dramatic curves I couldn't think of more appropriate and fitting statement of who and where we are now."
As the band continues to record, Behemoth has been posting images and lyrics for portions of new songs at Facebook. Fans can also read an in-depth interview with Nergal in the June/July issue of Revolver.
Behemoth has been holed up in Hertz Studios working on a tenth full-length album and follow-up to "Evangelion" (reviewed here).
While the band crafts this new album, Game Over Cycles in Poland has been working on the first ever Behemoth motorcycle. The bike is nearly complete, and photos of the steel piece of art, shot during Nergal's recent visit to the workshop, have been posted via Facebook.
Behemoth will also be embarking on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival this summer. In addition to the festival shows, two off dates have been announced, including July 9th in Grand Rapids, MI and July 29th in Louisville, KY.
Fans at each show will be treated a mini-fest of sorts, with each show including Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Job for a Cowboy, Battlecross, and more. More...
Behemoth has been holed up in Hertz Studios working on a tenth full-length album and follow-up to "Evangelion" (reviewed here). As Behemoth continues to record, the band has been posting images and what appear to be lyrics for portions of new songs.
While we wait patiently for new music to be completed, Nergal has offered the following update: "Every piece of art is born in pain…and so is ours. We've spent last couple of months on pre-production and tracking down the songs in Hertz studio. We are producing the album collectively with help of Wieslawscy brothers and Daniel Bergstrand. We are driven by a mystery… exploring territories that have been unknown to us up until now. It feels exciting and very refreshing to redefine our style and yet make a strong fuckin' statement. Wait and hear…"
Behemoth will be embarking on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival this summer. In addition to the festival dates, two off dates have been announced, including July 9th in Grand Rapids, MI and July 29th in Louisville, KY. Fans at each show will be treated a mini-fest of sorts, with each show including Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Job for a Cowboy, Battlecross, and more. More...
Polish blackened death metal masters Behemoth are currently working on a new album and follow-up to previous full-length "Evangelion" (reviewed here).
Nergal from Behemoth has now checked in from the studio as the group gets ready to head on over to North America for the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Check out the clip below.
The lineup for the sixth annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival was announced today. Artists performing on the 2013 fest include main stage metal and horror legend, festival closer, ROB ZOMBIE, plus, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and a lineup that includes additional main stage bands MASTODON and AMON AMARTH. The festival area is led by stage closers CHILDREN OF BODOM and MACHINE HEAD as well as BEHEMOTH, JOB FOR A COWBOY, EMMURE, BORN OF OSIRIS, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, BUTCHER BABIES, BATTLECROSS, HUNTRESS, THROWN INTO EXILE and CITY IN THE SEA. Four stages will be presented this year for the first time ever and the stages include the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE, THE JAGERMEISTER STAGE, MUSICIANS INSTITUTE STAGE, as well as, the SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY CONCOURSE STAGE, (local bands performing on the Sumerian Records/Headbang for the Highway Stage will be announced in June).
All tickets go on sale March 22nd at 12:00 Noon local venue time via www.rockstarmayhemfest.com or www.livenation.com. The tour will stop in 26 cities across the United States and Canada as it makes its way to the Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas, Texas on August 4th, 2013. The latest Mayhem Festival 2013 tour dates and venues are listed below: More...
One of the most defining moments in my musical development was back in 2004 when Yahoo Launch saw that I liked listening to Unearth, Fear Factory, and Lamb of God and thought that I might enjoy My Chemical Romance's “I'm Not Okay.” That single moment of revulsion caused me to look for music on my own terms after seeing how some corny and cheesy pop-rock could somehow be marketed towards metalheads. Today, we see a number of bands that try to look and act like they're part of the metal scene through their image (and the bands they tour with), but have a sound rooted more in traditional rock and roll than anything spawned by Sabbath.
First off, I'm not here to debate the merits of bands like Ghost and Ancient VVisdom. The debate over artistic integrity isn't at all relevant here. Instead, this is about is marketing and claiming bands that in no way sound “metal” are still technically considered part of the metal scene. Personally, I do like some occult rock as I've long been a fan of Current 93 and I've done my fair share of listening to Coven. That said, I'd never call Current 93 a metal band nor would I want the group touring with Cannibal Corpse. Variety between acts belongs to big music festivals like Bonaroo and Lollapalooza, and not to small club shows. More...
Behemoth frontman Nergal underwent a bone marrow transplant back in 2010 after being diagnosed with leukemia, and has since made a full recovery as the band gears up to record a new album and just performed at the Barge to Hell cruise.
Due to certain rules on marrow donation, Nergal was unable to know the identity of his donor until now. Video footage has been posted online of Nergal meeting his bone marrow donor Gregory through TVN24 here (video and text are all in Polish).
The Barge To Hell is just days away from departure and final band announcements are being made. The cruise sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.
Just announced are Novembers Doom, Vital Remains, Brujeria and underground acts Abiotic, Zanthropya Ex, and Dark Sermon. The organizers also report that both the German and Canadian incarnations of Necronomicon will be in attendance.
With the announcement comes some bad news that Six Feet Under has had to cancel their appearance due to a scheduling conflict with their studio and needing to have their new album delivered in time.
You can still book a trip on the Barge To Hell.
The lineup is as follows: More...
The organizers of the Barge To Hell cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Exodus, Seita, Havok, and Necronomicon:
"Let the world-wide EXODUS for BARGE TO HELL begin! Paying tribute to their global customer base, they've also added: SEITA from Brazil and The Netherlands, HAVOK from the USA, NECRONOMICON from Germany and HEADCRUSHER from Colombia!
"Barge To Hell's customer service team is working around the clock to get everything ready for those that are booked to perform online check-in. Booked passengers can expect to receive their online check-in invitation on Monday.
"The madness begins on December 3rd, when 40 of the most extreme Metal Bands and 2,000 headbangers from all over the world will go to the Caribbean to take over a luxury cruise ship for a 5 day and 4 night trip to the undead! See each of the 40 bands play two live shows on two different days. That's 80 shows with unrestricted festival access to the three stages, each with it's own unique atmosphere:
- The luxurious 'A Chorus Line' theater where they spare no expense to have the benches removed on the floor. Because at a Metal show, who actually wants assigned seating in front of the stage?
- The cozy 'Spectrum' that gives you the real club feeling.
- And their jewel: The open air stage on the pool deck. The biggest festival stage to sail the Oceans.
"You can also get all your memorabilia signed at the Meet & Greet sessions. Be part of their infamous Metal Karaoke and many other special activities with the Artists. And last, but not least: Don't forget that they have bars on board that never close! What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done."
The following 35 bands have now been confirmed: More...
Departing in less than a month, two more bands have been announced for the Barge to Hell: Grave and Bonded By Blood. The Barge to Hell sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.
The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...
Behemoth's Nergal, who has recently overcome leukemia and was cleared of blasphemy charges, is now in danger of potentially serving jail time after the Polish supreme court now ruled against him on those previous charges of offending religious sensibilities by tearing up a Bible during a live show. Nergal has also now issued the following statement about the situation:
"As some of you know, I've been battling this bullshit for a few years now. Things are getting more serious and... dangerous.
"Anyways, looks like freethinking wins over obscurity in the end. If not in Poland, at least in Europe... Read and share.
"Wanted to thank you for all the words of support and encouragement. This means everything to me. Onward to victory! Hail Freedom!"" More...
With a month before boarding the Barge to Hell left, the organizers have announced two more bands: metal supergroup Lock Up, featuring Nicholas Barker on drums (ex-Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir), Shane Embury on bass (Napalm Death), Anton Reisenegger on guitar (Criminal), and Tomas Lindberg on vocals (At The Gates, Disfear) and Nachtmystium.
Also announced was the cancellation of BELPHEGOR. Stated the organizers: "We tried our best to work something out, but regrettably must confirm that they won't be part of BARGE TO HELL. We will make sure that we have a suitable replacement."
The Barge to Hell sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.
The lineup is shaping up as follows, with a dozen more bands yet to be announced: More...
After being cleared of blasphemy charges in Poland last year stemming from an on-stage Bible ripping incident, apparently Behemoth front man Nergal is now facing legal issues again due to a recent decision by the Polish supreme court.
The Guardian is reporting the supreme court has now ruled against Nergal, who may potentially spend up to two years in jail for tearing up a Bible. Excerpts from the report follow:
Poland's supreme court has issued a landmark judgment against a heavy metal musician who tore up a Bible at a gig in 2007. Although the judges conceded that Adam Darski, AKA Nergal, did not intend to offend his audience, they ruled that he could still have "offended religious feelings," violating Polish law. If found guilty, the singer could face up to two years in prison.
After being cleared by judges in 2010 and 2011, the singer/guitarist is again on trial. Officials in Gdansk asked the supreme court how Darski could be "offending religious feelings" if most of Behemoth's fans expected theatrical sacrilege?
"One should respect the court's verdict," Darski told journalists. But the Catholic church is also "immature," he said, "trying to gag people … [and] freedom of speech." Speaking to Reuters, Darski's lawyer said they would continue to oppose the charges: "We are still arguing that we were dealing with art, which allows more critical and radical statements," Jacek Potulski explained.
Nergal has now released a new autobiography titled "Sacrum Profanum," which details his battle with leukemia. The latest trailer for the release is available right here.
Read the full article at The Guardian.
Behemoth frontman Nergal has now posted a sixth teaser trailer online for his new autobiography "Sacrum Profanum," which can be viewed below. You can also order the Polish version now at this location (an English translation is not expected until next year).
Nergal comments: “Despite the fact, that there is 7 hours difference between the place where I am now and Poland, I’m closely watching what is happening in my country in a day before the book is released. The opinions which reach me just confirm, that writing 'Confession Of The Heretic - Sacrum Profanum' was a good and needed idea. Right now it reached #50 on a list of bestsellers of a biggest Polish bookstore – Empik. It’s good and is going to be excellent! Thank you all for your support, interest and time you spend reading the book! I’m really proud and thankful” More...
Nergal, the outspoken vocalist/guitarist for Polish act Behemoth, has now posted a fifth trailer online for his new autobiography "Sacrum Profanum," which discusses his battle with leukemia and more. Check out the clip below, or watch the previous trailer right here.
The book, which will be released this month in Poland, is promoted through a series of trailers through Behemoth's YouTube channel in Polish with English subtitles. The trailers feature Nergal reading portions of the book, as well as acting out portions of stories, which Nergal describes as "some funny, some sad, some evil…some related to the band, some not."
Nergal is currently seeking a publisher to release an English translation of the book in the U.S. next year. More...
Outspoken vocalist/guitarist Nergal of Poland's heralded death metal export, Behemoth, has completed work on a new autobiography titled “Sacrum Profanum“.
The book, which will be released this month in Poland, is promoted through a series of trailers. The fourth clip can now be found below, or you can view the previously posted trailer at this location.
Polish black / death kings Behemoth will support German heavyweights Rammstein on their June 4th, 2013 show at Impactfest in Warsaw, Poland.
Commented Behemoth's frontman Nergal: "A few months ago my friends from Deathstars have supported the concert in Ergo Arena, I was jealous… Today on behalf of Behemoth I may proudly announce that we will share the stage with the one of the most important worldwide rock bands: Rammstein.
"It’s going to be the first show in Poland that we’ll play after the long time and it is already now more than likely that we present the brand new songs that we’re now strongly working on. And – special thanx to Steven and Live Nation Poland for reliance. We worked together on Big 4 on Bemowo and we’re looking forward to meet them again. It’s an honour!"
Nergal will also be releasing an autobiography after his bout with leukemia titled "Sacrum Profanum." The latest teaser trailer for the release can be found at this location.