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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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Corrosion Of Conformity Playing Barge To Hell

The Barge to Hell will sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and will not return you to the real world for five days until Friday, December 7th, 2012. The organizers of the floating festival have now issued the following announcement about confirming Corrosion of Conformity for the cruise:

"Every good old barge is corroded. But they are better, they are the Barge to Hell, The World's Most Extreme Metal Cruise and they have Corrosion of Conformity! Barge to Hell, the cruise where everyone has a backstage pass and you can mingle side-by-side with the Artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison.

"The madness begins on December 3rd, when 40 of the most extreme Metal Bands and 2,000 headbangers from around 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."

The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Machine Head To Headline Bloodstock

The 2012 edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival will take place this coming August 9th - 12th, and the organizers of the festival have now issued the following statement about confirming Machine Head:

"It is with tremendous excitement that we can now reveal our final headliner to be Oakland metal titans Machine Head, who will make their first ever UK festival headlining appearance on Saturday, August 11th on the RONNIE JAMES DIO main stage.

"Machine Head first graced UK shores in the wake of their landmark debut album 'Burn My Eyes' in 1994 as main support to Slayer. Fan reaction to Machine Head’s signature brand of crushing metal was so intense that the band would return immediately afterward to headline their own sold-out shows at many of the same venues, launching a massive swell of passionate fan support that continues to this day.

"Seven albums, a Grammy nomination and countless tours later, UK fans continue to champion and support Machine Head as feverishly as they did at those first shows, and this year, at Bloodstock Open Air 2012, they will be given the unprecedented opportunity to influence Machine Head’s set list!

"Commemorating the 20th anniversary of Machine Head’s first-ever live performance at their roadie Mike Scum's getting-evicted-from-his-house party - for which they performed five songs – Bloodstocker ticket holders will be given the opportunity to vote for the five 'Burn My Eyes' songs they most want to hear Machine Head play during their headline set Saturday night, with the five that receive the most votes included in the set list (details to follow)!

"Anyone that’s ever witnessed Machine Head live will attest to the fact that the raw, unbridled energy of their performance is unlike anything else you’ll ever see. With countless legendary UK performances already on record, and a first-ever fan-influenced setlist, it goes without saying that Machine Head’s headline set at Bloodstock Open Air 2012 is going to go down in metal history as one of those festival performances that you’ll forever be glad you got to see. Keep an eye on the official Bloodstock Facebook page for your chance to vote on the songs YOU want to hear."

The current Bloodstock lineup is as follows: More...

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The Foreshadowing Added To Summer Breeze Lineup

The organizers of the upcoming Summer Breeze 2012 festival have issued the following update about confirming new acts:

"Italy is not exactly a hotbed for dark doom metal. Fortunately enough, there are always exceptions to confirm the rule. With the three albums they have released so far, The Foreshadowing have provided a master class in gloom and doom. Hailing from Rome, the band prove that it is indeed possible to write great atmospheric songs without falling into excessive pathos and kitsch. Especially singer Marco Benevento's clear, ear-piercing vocals take the group's material to a level which is only populated by bands such as Katatonia, My Dying Bride, early Anathema and even Opeth. Don't miss this black pearl of darkness! You will hardly experience anything bigger, darker and more epic at Summer Breeze 2012!

"Breakdowns aren't exactly the most innovative element in metal nowadays... However, if you use them with such conviction and vehemence as Bleed From Within, even the most athletically challenged of metalheads should soon mutate into pit fighter number one. The UK band have two albums out which should appeal to fans of As I Lay Dying, Bring Me The Horizon and Parkway Drive, while at times Bleed From Within are even more melodic than the aforementioned bands, only to dive into a brutal breakdown the very next second. All fans of metalcore and deathcore should highlight this band in their personal running order, as this is the perfect stuff for all of them!"

The festival is set to take place from August 16th - 18th, will full details available at this location. The currently announced bill is as follows: More...

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Municipal Waste Confirmed For Barge To Hell

Municipal Waste is the latest band to be confirmed for the inaugural Barge To Hell heavy metal cruise, following the announcement of Holy Moses earlier this week.

Barge To Hell is a five-day cruise from the organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. It departs from Miami, Florida on Monday, December 3rd and stops at Nassau, Bahamas before returning to Miami on Friday, December 7th. Booking for the cruise has opened to the general public, so book yours today.

The full Barge To Hell lineup so far is as follows, with many more bands to be announced: More...

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Holy Moses Added To The Barge To Hell

The organizers of the Barge to Hell have issued the following announcement about confirming Holy Moses as the latest act to play the cruise:

"Who better to lead them on their journey to the undead than the mighty Holy Moses celebrating their 30th anniversary? Not once, because as you know, they do everything twice. You heard right, twice! Here is how it goes: On December 3rd, 40 of the most extreme Metal Bands and 2,000 headbangers from around 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! For the entire trip it's like everyone has a backstage pass and you can mingle side-by-side with the Artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. 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 bands have now been announced: More...

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Witchsorrow And More Playing Bloodstock 2012

The Bloodstock 2012 organizers have announced a further three acts for the Sophie stage at this year's festival.

Returning to Catton Hall, Witchsorrow threatens the British summer time with downtuned doom and gloom that echoes metal greats such as St Vitus, Candlemass and Trouble. Says mainman Necro Skull: "We are truly honoured to be returning to cast a shadow over Bloodstock once more. We promise you total doom annihilation, a celebration for the damned as the end of the world looms at the end of this wretched annum. To be in the company of such excellent bands as Watain, Alice Cooper, Orange Goblin, Grand Magus and Winterfylleth is a grand thing indeed. God curse us, every one!"

Returning for the second year in a row, London loud-louts Dripback take a break from the studio to come back to the Sophie stage with their seething mix of hardcore and death metal. The band commented, “For us it’s all about being intense in tents, so this really is the perfect festival slot for Dripback. We’re all so buzzing about playing with Crowbar, Hatebreed, Testament and all the other awesome bands, this really is the best festival."

Finally, Swiss thrashers Battalion make their UK debut at Bloodstock. The Thrash Maniacs check in to say: “It's the first time for us to play in England! What a fucking start! We're looking forward to kick some ass there!!! See ya Bloodstock! Cheers from Zurich, the Battalion-Bastards.”

For more details on Bloodstock Open Air, head over to this location. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Behemoth, Napalm Death Added To Barge To Hell

The latest bands to be confirmed for the inaugural Barge To Hell heavy metal cruise are Behemoth and Napalm Death, the latter of whom will perform twice during the cruise.

Barge To Hell is a five-day cruise from the organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. It departs from Miami, Florida on Monday, December 3rd and stops at Nassau, Bahamas before returning to Miami on Friday, December 7th. Booking for the cruise has opened to the general public, so book yours today.

The full Barge To Hell lineup so far is as follows, with many more bands to be announced: More...

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Two More Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock 2012

Finnish pagan metal outfit Moonsorrow and German power metal group Freedom Call have been confrmed as the latest two bands to take part in this years edition of the British metal festival, Bloodstock Open Air, which will take place at Catton Hall in Walton On Trent, Derbyshire from August 10th-12th.

Speaking on the confirmation, Moonsorrow stated: "We are truly excited to take part in Bloodstock Festival 2012. It's been way too long since we played on the British soil in 2008 and we know that lately there has been a huge demand for Moonsorrow to play in the UK. So, all our loyal fans in the UK, we want to see a massive crowd of insane berserks during our set. Don't let us down because we promise we don't let you down, cheers!"

Freedom Call added: "The Bloodstock Festival is the pulsating heart of Heavy Metal...a great audience, which knows exactly to revel."

The lineup for the festival is now as follows: More...

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More Bands Announced For Summer Breeze Fest

The 2012 edition of the Summer Breeze festival will be taking place from August 16th - 18th, with full details available here. The organizers of the festival have now announced the following bands being added to the bill:

Eluveitie
Within Temptation
Immortal
Behemoth
Paradise Lost
Iced Earth
Katatonia
Lacuna Coil
Architects
Crowbar
Terror
Norma jean
Vallenfyre
Tankard
Shining
Nifelheim
Heidevolk
Menhir
Born from pain
Ahab
Desaster
Helheim
Night in gales
Roterfeld
While she sleeps

The festival's lineup is now as follows: More...

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Crowbar And More Added To Bloodstock

With a plethora of metal talent already on offer - including Alice Cooper, Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, Testament, Hatebreed and loads more - Bloodstock Open Air has another addition to it’s main stage, in the form of New Orleans sludge-monsters Crowbar. The organizers of the festival commented:

"The epitome of heavy, Kirk Windstein and co have been showing the world that speed isn’t everything since their debut 'Obedience Thru Suffering' stunned the metal world in 1991 with its downtuned, slow-paced yet punishingly heavy sound. With nine studio albums under their very large belts, Crowbar have mastered the art of the riff, continually delivering irresistible sludgey metal via a sound uniquely their own. With mammoth sludgey slabs such as 'I Despise,' 'All I Had (I Gave),' 'Time He’s Nothing,' 'Like Broken Glass,' 'Nothing' and many more, the Ronnie James Dio Stage will be put to the test at Crowbar’s only UK festival of 2012.

"Over on the Sophie stage, additions come in the form of homegrown extreme symphonic metallers and Metal 2 The Masses winners Saturnian, fellow countrymen and Melo-death thrashers Bloodshot Dawn, as well as Finnish melodic death metallers Re-Armed."

Tickets and more information on the festival can be found at the official Bloodstock website. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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OpEd

Full Metal Jackasses

Last August, I penned an OpEd titled “Metal Versus Society: A Vicious Cycle?” It built on the controversy of the fabled “West Memphis Three” to include a broader observation of the often-ugly dynamic between diehard metal fans – primarily those who look, dress, and talk the part – and the scruples of “normal” society that find convenient scapegoats in such black-clad, devil-music-listening hooligans.

I concluded that “we” are equally to blame in this cycle of demonization, whereby we often culturally segregate ourselves and point burning fingers at imaginary forces of oppression, all but inviting others to cast us in the role of pariah once more – and so it goes. What makes this cycle so enduring and vital is its very inconsistency; the controversy du jour is followed by a quiet period, which is shattered by yet another media event that implicates heavy metal music, its demonic fans, and its corruptive powers as agents of societal breakdown. We all know the drill. Sometimes, however, we can’t help ourselves, and falsely perpetuate the cycle by blowing a complete non-event so far out of proportion that it becomes – to some – our latest cause célèbre. In so doing, we sometimes risk tarnishing our own reputations. More...

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Decibel Magazine Show Changes Venues

The inaugural Decibel Magazine tour kicks off in a mere eight days in Columbus, OH. It wasn't too late, however, for the venue owners to prohibit the bands from appearing at The Brewmaster's Gate. Behemoth, Watain, The Devil's Blood, and In Solitude are being forbidden from playing at the venue because of religious conflicts with the venue owners. These bands are no strangers to this type of treatment, and a new venue has already been confirmed. The Columbus, OH show will now be at Al Rosa. Tickets for this show are still available and can be purchased here.

Behemoth's front man, Nergal, comments further: "Wow, big motherfuckin' WOW! We are facing a legendary moment: Amerika, the land of the free, is banning Behemoth coz of religious beliefs. The madness starts in Ohio, but of korz we are playing anyway. Nothing can stop us now. God, please save me from this freedom…"

Beginning on April 11th and laying waste through a gargantuan 26-date run, the Decibel Magazine Tour (presented by Metal Blade Records, IndieMerchStore.com, FYE, ESP Guitars and Good Fight Entertainment) not only offers four diverse European artists hand-picked by the magazine, but doubles as Behemoth's first U.S. tour since vocalist/guitarist Adam "Nergal" Darski's well-documented battle with—and triumph over—leukemia. Dates are as follows: More...

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Site Update

April Fools! Did We Get You?

We hope you enjoyed our April fools stories yesterday as much as we did! In our long-standing tradition, we devoted the entire day to fake news and spoofs. We had fun writing them despite the fact that we can't really fool most of you in our tenth year of the tradition, even when we start off with some very plausible (yet fake) stories. Many thanks to those of you resisted blurting out “April Fools!” In case you missed them, you can read yesterday's April Fools stories here.

I had fun reading all of them, as well as the comments, but here are a couple particular stories I want to talk about briefly:

Thanks to Alestorm for playing along and spreading the word of our April Fools that they were kicked off of Paganfest. With their help, the story spread so quickly that our server could not handle the load for a while.

Our Behemoth story seemed a little too believable despite the talk of "Spiritual Conflict" and Nergal's previous statements following his recovery, and we apologize for any confusion this story may have created. Behemoth has not dropped off the Decibel tour and we're very much looking forward to seeing Nergal back in action on this tour ourselves..

To those who got all worked up about it, we've been doing this for a LONG time now. The bands that get spoofed are mostly ones that we like and the others are just easy targets. And sometimes the stories practically write themselves! It's all in good fun, and no harm is intended.

If you'd like to check out our past years' April Fools stories, you can do so at the links below:

Thanks for reading. We now return to our regularly scheduled metal programming.

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The Devil's Blood Comments On Upcoming Tour

Dutch occult rockers The Devil's Blood are gearing up for a near month-long run of North American dates on the forthcoming Decibel Magazine Tour alongside Behemoth, Watain and In Solitude. The band will be touring in support of "The Thousandfold Epicentre" (reviewed here) released earlier this year via Metal Blade Records.

Comments founder and band leader SL: “The Devil's Blood is proud and extremely eager to travel the New World alongside some of the world’s most dedicated metal bands. Dedicated not to some pathetic notion of ‘scene’ or ‘unity’ but to a clear, totally individual, spiritual path that although not understood by most is perhaps the most valid and urgent one available for wandering feet to travel in the twilight of the Iron Age. We share many opinions and disagree on many more, yet our offerings all speak of that great mystery which we all aspire to with passion and fury. Praise be to all those who accompany us on this particular path.”

Dates are as follows: More...

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Behemoth Posts Decibel Tour Ad

Behemoth posted a video tour ad for the upcoming Decibel Magazine Tour, which commences on April 11, 2012. The lineup consists of Behemoth, Watain, The Devil's Blood and In Solitude. For a list of dates and venues, head over to this location, or check out the video here:

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Behemoth Announces In-Store Signings

Behemoth will be returning to North America for the first time since 2010 for the Decibel Magazine Tour this April and May. Along with live performances, it has now been confirmed that Behemoth will be holding three in-store appearances throughout the tour.

Fans in Salt Lake City, UT, Charlotte, NC, and Philadelphia, PA will have the opportunity to meet the band, purchase albums, and get items signed. The signings will be held at FYE locations in SLC and Philadelphia, and at Manifest Discs & Tapes in Charlotte. The signings will be held at 5pm in each city. Details are as follows:

April 18th, 2012
FYE
5546 S Redwood Rd.
Salt Lake City, UT 84123

May 4th, 2012
Manifest Discs & Tapes
6239 South Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28217

May 6th, 2012
FYE
100 South Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19110 More...

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Horrendous Added To Decibel Magazine Tour Date

Death metal juggernauts Horrendous have been added as the opening act for the Charlotte, NC date of the Decibel Magazine Tour featuring Behemoth, Watain, The Devil's Blood and In Solitude. Horrendous will be appearing on the May 4th date of that tour at Amos Southend in Charlotte.

Check out comments from guitarist/vocalist Damien Herring at this location. Below is an upload of the track "The Ritual" from "The Chills." More...

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Ides Of Gemini To Play L.A. Stop Of Decibel Tour

West Coast ethereal doom trio Ides of Gemini was recently added to the Los Angeles stop of the Decibel Magazine Tour. The tour, which boasts the monolithic lineup of Behemoth, Watain, The Devil’s Blood, and In Solitude, will make its way to the House of Blues on April 25th and Ides of Gemini is grateful for the opportunity to open the eclectic rituals that evening.

Comments guitarist/backing vocalist J. Bennett: "Ides of Gemini ibeyond thrilled to be joining Behemoth, Watain, The Devil's Blood and In Solitude on the Los Angeles date of Decibel's mega-tour extravaganza. For anyone who wants to get there before all the blood and Satanism starts - I know, I know: why would you wanna do that? - we promise to make it worth your while. And by that I mean that we will be handing out free drugs before we play. Okay, that's a lie. I'm not gonna share my drugs with you. We barely know each other. See you on the 25th, though?"

To purchase tickets to the Los Angeles date, head to this location. Additionally, Ides of Gemini will be performing on April 15th, 2012 at the Blue Cafe Underground Long Beach, California alongside Alcest, Lake of Blood, and Destroy Judas . More info on the event is available here.

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Metal Blade Announces Vinyl Releases

Metal Blade Records this week announced details on the upcoming versions of Behemoth's "Evangelia Heretika" live album, The Devils Blood's "The Thousandfold Epicentre" (reviewed here), and In Solitude's "The World.The Flesh.The Devil" (reviewed here).

These acclaimed albums, all released by Metal Blade over the past year, will now get the wax treatment, all being pressed as 2xLP sets, and all packaged in double-gatefold sleeves. The live Behemoth LP was pressed on clear vinyl and also includes a 12"x24" poster, while the In Solitude and The Devil's Blood will both be available on standard black wax. Check out photos of the actual products at this location.

All three of the 2xLPs now bear a confirmed street date of March 27th, just prior to the Decibel Magazine tour kicking off just two weeks later. All three acts -- Behemoth, The Devil's Blood, and In Solitude -- will join the almighty Watain for the incredible tour lineup, and together they will burn 26 North American cities to their foundations between April 11th and May 12th. A trailer showcasing all three LPs as well as actual preorders for the LPs, full info on the Decibel tour and more is all posted right here.

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Limp Bizkit To Headline Graspop 2012

American nu metal veterans Limp Bizkit have been confirmed as the final headliner for this year's edition of Belgiums largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting. Also newly confirmed for the festival are Behemoth, Black Label Society, Godsmack, Slash and All Shall Perish, while the organisers have also announced that Young Guns and Lagwagon have pulled out of the event. Graspop Metal Meeting will take place in Dessel, Belgium from June 22nd - 24th and will feature the following lineup, with more to be announced shortly:

Ozzy Osbourne and friends (Headliner)
Limp Bizkit (Headliner)
Guns N Roses (Headliner)
Adrenaline Mob
Alestorm
All Shall Perish
Amon Amarth
August Burns Red
Behemoth
Black Label Society
Black Spiders
Black Veil Brides
Cancer Bats
Cannibal Corpse
Children Of Bodom
Comeback Kid
Death Angel
Devildriver
Dimmu Borgir
Emmure
Ensiferum
Europe
Exodus
Godsmack
Gojira
H20 More...

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