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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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Behemoth recently announced that the band will be returning to the stage in October. Front man Nergal, who recently underwent a bone marrow transplant for Leukemia, has now checked in with the following update:
"Hey everyone! I just came back from the first Behemoth's gathering since my imprisonment. We were brainstorming about the future of the band. We wanna make sure our upcoming shows will be our best yet. Live performance must be raised to the next level.
"Set list will be refreshed pretty much. Some of the songs we have never played live...huh, lotsa work but we are more than ready to bite the bullet! Wait and see and be surprised! More info will follow soon…"
Chicago extreme metal act Against The Plagues has announced the addition of former Behemoth and Vader bassist Marcin "Novy" Nowak to the band as its new bass player. A statement from Against The Plagues drummer Varyen Chylinski is available below.
"I am proud to announce that one of the best bass players in death metal scene, Novy, who previously worked with Behemoth and Vader, is officially a member of Against The Plagues . He is a great and very experienced musician who used to play in several world-class bands in the past and I am looking forward to working with him on our upcoming second album. We are very excited and full of energy like never before and I cannot wait to expose our new material to all our loyal followers!"
Polish blackened death metal veterans Behemoth have announced that they will be returning to the stage this October, with a series of performances in their home country. These will be the band's first shows since frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski was diagnosed with leukemia last year, a condition which required a bone marrow transplant.
Says Nergal: "I'm proud to announce that we've just nailed these Polish leg of the tour! Fans from abroad, please be patient, Asia, Australia, Europe and US are under working. I'm beyond excited! I wanna see you all out there!"
The tour dates are as follows:
October 8 - Poznan, Poland - Eskulap
October 9 - Gdansk, Poland - Parlament
October 14 - Krakow, Poland - Studio
October 15 - Katowice, Poland - Mega Club
October 16 - Wroclaw, Poland - Eter
October 21 - Warszawa, Poland - Stodola
Metal Blade Records has announced the release of Behemoth's two-CD set "Abyssus Abyssum Invocat." The package is set for release in the US on June 7th, 2011. Consisting of the out-of-print EPs "Conjuration" and "Slaves Shall Serve" from the early '00s, "Abyss Abyssum Invocat" features re-mastered material, bonus tracks and new art and liner notes from front man Nergal.
"There's been a demand for our long-time sold out EP's…Conjuration and Slaves Shall Serve represents more experimental side of BEHEMOTH's nature. Apart from live versions and studio songs from Demigod and Zos Kia Cultus era, you can find us challenging ourselves with covers of such acts like Nine inch Nails, Nefilim or Danzig among others. Abyssum is a compilation of these two materials with extra packaging, new outstanding cover, rare live pics and unreleased bonus songs. Enjoy!" - Nergal
"Abyssus Abyssum Invocat" track listing:
1. Conjuration Ov Sleep Daemons
3. Welcome To Hell
4. Christians To The Lions (live)
5. Decade Ov Therion (live)
6. From The Pagan Vastlands (live)
7. Antichristian Pheomenon (live)
8. Lam (live)
9. Satan's Sword (I Have Become) (live)
10. Chant For Ezkaton 2000 (live)
"Slaves Shall Serve"
1. Slaves Shall Serve
2. Entering The Pylon Ov Light
4. Until You Call On The Dark
5. Demigod (live)
6. Slaves Shall Serve (live)
7. Lam (live)
8. As Above So Below (live)
Metal Underground previously reported Nergal's first interview since being diagnosed with Leukemia.
Adam "Nergal" Darski, the frontman of Polish blackened death metal outfit Behemoth, has given his first interview since he was diagnosed with leukemia in the Summer of last year. Speaking exclusively to MetalSucks.net, Nergal stated:
"It's not like I'm completely healthy or something. But I got new bone marrow and the transplant went totally fine. The new bone marrow is accepted by my organisms. It's not [fighting] against my organisms, which happens very often in such cases. But in my case, everything is going according to plan. There have been no delays. My blood was checked every week, and now every two weeks, so actually I reduced the amount of blood tests that they've been taking. Everything is going almost perfect and in the direction that it should. There is no reason to be worried. Physically I'm getting better. Obviously my muscles are not the same, not as strong. I get tired quite easily still. It's still getting better. For example, [laughs] three weeks ago, I tried to do push-ups; I did three. Today, I did 11. That should tell you how it's improving all the time, and every next push-up makes me happy."
Read the full article at MetalSucks.net.
Vesania (which features Tomasz "Orion" Wróblewski of Behemoth), Azarath and Nomad will share stages of the Unholy Carnival Tour in Poland this spring.
Part I of the tour has been announced:
Apr. 13 Grafitti, Lublin, PL
Apr. 14 Pod Palma, Rzeszow, PL
Apr. 15 Fabryka, Krakow, PL
Apr. 16 Arkada, Katowice, PL
Apr. 17 Progresja, Warszawa, PL
Right before their Polish tour, Vesania will do 6 shows in Russia and Belarus with Christ Agony. The dates for this tour are as follows: More...
The nominees have been revealed for the forthcoming edition of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards. The 2011 event is set to take place on Monday, June 13 in London, England. The list of nominees and the award categories can be viewed below. You can vote for the award nominees at this location.
Best International Band:
1. AVENGED SEVENFOLD
2. DIMMU BORGIR
3. STONE SOUR
4. CHILDREN OF BODOM
Best U.K. Band:
1. IRON MAIDEN
2. BRING ME THE HORIZON
5. BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
Best Live Band:
1. CANCER BATS
3. ROB ZOMBIE
5. MACHINE HEAD
Best New Band:
1. THE DEFILED
4. THE DAMNED THINGS
4. THE DEAD LAY WAITING
1. PARKWAY DRIVE
2. A DAY TO REMEMBER
1. Gus G. (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE)
2. Mark Tremonti (ALTER BRIDGE)
3. Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM)
4. Marc Rizzo (CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SOULFLY)
5. Synyster Gates (AVENGED SEVENFOLD)
Metal As Fuck:
4. Zakk Wylde
Event Of The Year:
1. Rob Zombie's return
2. Manowar's return
3. System of a Down reforming
4. The "Big Four" U.K. announcement
5. "Beavis And Butthead"'s resurrection
Polish death metal act Behemoth has revealed the details for its forthcoming 2-CD set, titled "Abyssus Abyssum Invocat." The new release features two previous Behemoth EPs, which both are currently out-of-print, and includes all new expanded artwork as well as bonus tracks on each disc. The two EPs featured are "Conjuration" and "Slaves Shall Serve." "Abyssus Abyssum Invocat" is set for release on May 17, 2011 in North America through Metal Blade Records. A European release will arrive in stores on April 18, 2011 through Peaceville Records. You can view the tracklisting for the set below with the all new artwork being featured at this location.
CD disc 1 - "Conjuration"
1. Conjuration Of Sleep Daemons
3. Welcome To Hell
4. Christians To The Lions (Live)
5. Decade Of Therion (Live)
6. From The Pagan Vastlands (Live)
7. Antichristian Phenomenon (Live)
8. Lam (Live)
9. Satan’s Sword (I have become) (Live)
10. Chant For Eskaton 2000 (Live)
CD disc 2 - "Slaves Shall Serve"
1. Slaves Shall Serve
2. Entering The Pylon Of Light
4. Until You Call On The Dark
5. Demigod (Live)
6. Slaves Shall Serve (Live)
7. Lam (Live)
8. As Above So Below (Live)
It was reported earlier this month that Adam "Nergal" Darski of Polish death metal act Behemoth was back in the hospital after undergoing a bone marrow transplant due to leukemia.
Nergal is apparently out of the hospital and has now made an appearance at Poland's Musicollective school. Photos of the front man's first official live appearance since his transplant are available for viewing at this location.
In the photos, Nergal appears to be in good health and is playing guitar. Additional information on his condition will be announced as it is made available from the band.
On February 11th the "Nuclear Blast Clips Vol.1" clip compilation will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and as a digital download. A teaser trailer for the compilation, which features over 40 clips and 190 minutes running time, can be viewed below.
The track listing is as follows: More...
Adam Darski, best known to his fans as "Nergal," the frontman of Polish blackened death metal outfit Behemoth, has been forced to return to the hospital as a result of an infection.
"The patient was taken to hospital again because he did not take care of himself," Dr. Maria Bieniaszewska, assistant professor in the Department of Hematology at Uniwersyteckie Centrum Kliniczne (UCK) in Gdansk, told Polish site Fakt.pl.
It is not known whether the infection will affect the adoption of a bone marrow transplant. This procedure took place in late December and it's unclear how long Nergal will now have to stay in hospital. In his condition, when the immune system is weakened, such infections may even threaten life.
Nuclear Blast has announced that the forthcoming "Nuclear Blast Clips Vol.1" DVD / Bluray compilation has been postponed to February 11th, 2011. The track listing is as follows:
1. Accept - Teutonic Terror
2. Sabaton – Uprising
3. Blind Guardian - A Voice In The Dark
4. Dimmu Borgir - Dimmu Borgir
5. Immortal - All Shall Fall
6. Death Angel - Truce
7. Avantasia - Dying For An Angel
8. Sonic Syndicate - Turn It Up
9. Filter - The Inevitable Relapse
10. Soilwork - Deliverance Is Mine
11. Exodus - Downfall
12. Kataklysm - Push The Venom
13. Overkill - Bring Me The Night
14. Eluveitie - Thousandfold
15. Equilibrium - Der Ewige Sieg
16. Ex Deo - The Final War
17. Suicidal Angels - Beyond The Laws Of Church
18. Arsis - Forced To Rock
19. Mnemic - Diesel Uterus
20. Tarot - I Walk Forever
21. Indica - Islands Of Light
22. Callejon - Sommer, Liebe, Kokain
23. Scar Symmetry - The Iconoclast
24. Filter - No Love
25. All Ends - Generation Disgrace
26. Rhapsody Of Fire - Sea Of Fate
27. Decrepit Birth - The Resonance
28. Suffocation - Cataclysmic Purification
29. Nile - Permitting The Noble Dead To Descend To The Underworld
30. Behemoth - Alas, Lord Is Upon Me (censored) More...
Behemoth frontman Nergal, who has been receiving treatment for leukemia for more than six months, has left the hematology division of Uniwersyteckie Centrum Kliniczne (UCK) in Gdansk on Monday, January 17th. His release comes four weeks after he underwent a bone marrow transplant procedure. He commented:
"Hey! What's up! At last – one could say. After almost half a year of treatment in various hospitals, several cycles of chemotherapy, irradiation and a bone marrow transplant, I have been finally released home in a pretty fuckin' good condition. I'm feeling ok, taking the intensity of treatment under consideration. That was not an easy period of my life, but, as I envisioned, I left the hospital victorious. I never considered any other options, but anyway, there were rough moments too… At this point I must express my thanks to the people who made all of those downs fairly bearable. My parents – thank you. You deserve a monument for all your love and patience. Dorotka, thank you for your heroic attitude, love and support. I can't forget Doda's fans, who made a gigantic effort for me and other ill people. You rule! Absolutely fantastic Behemoth fans from all over the world were organizing various events to make people aware of what leukemia is. To all of you out there - my deepest respect! Thank you – the real heroes - Prof. Hellmann, Dr. Piekarska, Dr. Knopinska, Doc. Giebel, Prof. Holowiecki and all the nurses of the hematology division of the Medical Academy in Gdansk and the Oncology Clinic in Gliwice for all the professionalism and great hearts. My band mates for all the friendship and never-ending support. All my friends for sticking to me throughout the whole period of my illness. The list is too long to mention you all, but remember, you have special place in my heart."
Nergal will now go through a recovery, which will last for several months. During this time he will stay in his flat in one of the Gdansk's districts.
"Although the whole treatment went really good, as well as the bone marrow transplant and the post-transplant period, the next several months is the time when I must really take care of myself. Of course I will have plenty of time to recover, think about the strategy and my return to the stage – which approaches imminently (laughs). First of all however I must rebuild my physical condition… apart from that, I hunger for playing, I haven't been playing the guitar for a half of year now! Really much to catch up, but also a huge motivation and a desire to work again at the same time. This year will be a really important one for me and the band!"
MTV2's "Headbangers Ball: The Year In Metal" has been posted online in its entirety. The half-hour long episode features Anthrax, Max Cavalera, In This Moment and Rob "Blasko" Nicholson of Ozzy Osbourne. You can view the episode below:
As was previously announced, Behemoth front man Adam "Nergal" Darski recently found a bone marrow transplant donor.
Although no official statement has been released from Behemoth, Gunshyassassin.com has now issued the following statement about Nergal undergoing surgery:
In what may be the first step in his full recovery, Behemoth frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski has undergone what I’m hoping will be a life-saving bone marrow transplant. The 33-year-old metaller is said to be doing well after the procedure.
For those who’ve been living under a rock the last year, Nergal was diagnosed with leukemia some months ago, and recently revealed that a genetic donor match had been found and that he would soon be getting that much-needed transplant.
According to reports, Nergal will spend the next four weeks in an isolation room at the hematology division of Uniwersyteckie Centrum Kliniczne (UCK) in Gdansk to avoid any infection while his immune system is compromised.
Read the full article at Gunshyassassin.
Behemoth’s latest release, the DVD "Evangelia Heretika," which hit streets on November 9th, has entered the Billboard Charts for first week sales coming in at #15 on the Top Music Video Chart. "Evangelia Heretika" also hit the charts in Canada coming in at the #12 spot on the Top Music Video Chart.
Video teasers for Evangelia Heretika can be viewed now on MetalBlade.tv at this location. The DVD includes three discs featuring two full shows (live in Paris 2008 and Live in Warsaw 2009), every Behemoth music video ever made, the "Evangelion" tour documentary featuring band interviews plus backstage footage, and a bonus "Live in Warsaw" audio CD.
Behemoth also recently announced that front man Adam "Nergal" Darski, who sufferfs from leukemia, has found a bone marrow donor.
Behemoth has issued the following announcement about the band's new DVD "Evangelia Heretika" going platinum in Poland:
"Behemoth is proud to announce that their brand new DVD, Evangelia Heretika, has already gone platinum in their home country of Poland! The DVD was released in Europe on Friday, November 5th, and is available TODAY, November 9th in North America! Fans can order NOW at the this location, Amazon.com, iTunes.com (live audio only) and your local record store.
"Video teasers for Evangelia Heretika can be viewed now on MetalBlade.tv here. The DVD includes three discs featuring: two full shows (live in Paris 2008 and Live in Warsaw 2009), every Behemoth music video ever made, Evangelion tour documentary featuring band interviews plus tons of backstage footage; a total of over five hours of material plus a bonus Live in Warsaw Audio CD. Evangelia Heretika is available worldwide now! Get your copy now! Enjoy!" More...
Behemoth frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski, who is currently suffering from leukemia, has announced that he has finally found a matching bone marrow donor. A message from the singer (translated from Polish) reads as follows:
"Hello. Still from my hospital bed, but really in pretty good shape I am writing to inform you about my health and the further stages of treatment.
"At the moment I am on the fourth and final chemistry and more than 3 month stay in hospital. All the treatments went like a storm though not without some serious "holes". Thus, I close this stage of medications and will soon begin radiation, and then, waiting for my bone marrow.
"Yes, yes, we have a donor !:-))) More...
Behemoth has posted a third teaser online for the upcoming "Evangelia Heretika" DVD, which can be viewed below. The band also commented on the trailer:
"Here's the third and final teaser from the upcoming DVD 'Evangelia Heretika.' The brand new DVD from Behemoth, can be viewed below. It will include 3 Discs Featuring 2 full shows (live in Paris 2008 and Live in Warsaw 2009), every Behemoth music video ever made, Evangelion tour documentary featuring band interviews plus tons of backstage footage; a total of over 5 hours of material plus a bonus Live in Warsaw Audio CD. DVD is coming out this Friday, November 5th on Nuclear Blast in Europe and Mystic in Poland, in US it’s coming out under Metal Blade banner on November 9th! Get your copy now! Enjoy!"
Century Media Records has posted a compilation video online to promote its 20 year anniversary. The video features clips of music videos taken from artists through Century Media's long run as a premier metal label. You can check out the video below: