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Formed: 1991
From: Poland
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Mainman Nergal was only 14 when he formed Behemoth back in 1991. The three- piece quickly made a name for themselves in the black metal community with their second demo “From The Pagan Wastelands” (1993) and mini album “And The Forests Dream Eternally” (1994).

Behemoth’s first LP “Sventevith (Storming Near The Baltic)” came out through the Polish underground label Pagan Rec. in 1995 and gained a positive response which resulted in a new record deal with the German label Solistitium Rec. Their second album “Grom” saw the light of day in 1996 and remains their most controversial release to date, mainly because of the incorporation of female vocals and acoustic guitars.

The third release “Pandemonic Incantations” saw the addition of the very talented drummer Inferno and marked the band’s vastly improved musicianship and production. In the fall of 1998, after an extensive European tour, Behemoth signed to the Italian label Avantgarde Music. With the highly successful “Satanica” (1999), the group ventured into the realm of death metal by replacing the raspy black metal screeches with a forceful growl. Thanks to this remarkable release and the attention it gained, Behemoth secured two European tours with Deicide and Satyricon.

In the years to follow, Behemoth maintained the same pace by releasing a consistent string of intense album, which further combined their early black metal influences with the ferocity and technicality of death metal. With “Thelema.6” (2000) the band continued to expand musically and lyrically. Vocalist and lyricist Nergal was aided by poet Krzysztof Azarewicz in his efforts to achieve a sophisticated and intimate obscurity. “Thelema.6” was the first of Behemoth’s albums to be released in U.S. through Olympic Records.

Touring opportunities with bands like Nile, Morbid Angel and Carpathian Forest began to pour in. In 2001 the band made its debut at the most prestigious European summer festival- Wacken.

“Zos Kia Cultus (Here And Beyond)” was released in 2003 and furthermore established the band’s undeniable potential and creativity. Rave reviews started to flow in and Behemoth made its North American live debut at the New Jersey March Metal Meltdown festival. The several nationwide tours that followed ( with bands like Deicide, Amon Amarth, Danzig and Six Feet Under) and the release of the Conjugation EP, all helped make 2003 a breakthrough year for Behemoth.

In 2004 they released a DVD called Crush.Fukk.Create, followed by their latest studio album “Demigod” ( featuring guest appearance by Nile’s Karl Sanders). Again, it received great praise in the media. In addition, the group’s first video “Conquer All” debuted on Headbandger’s Ball.

In early 2005, Behemoth embarked on an extensive North American tour with Suffocation, King Diamond and Nile.

Latest Behemoth News

Below is our complete Behemoth news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Behemoth Finishes New Music Video

Behemoth and Grupa 13's latest collaboration will be for the song, "Lucifer," which comes from the "Evangelion" album and clocks in at over eight minutes long. The video was shot in Wroclaw, Poland and stars the song's guest vocalist, Maciej Malenczuk. The video is currently being edited and will see a worldwide premiere in September. Behemoth's last video for "Alas, Lord is Upon Me" was also produced with Grupa 13.

Behemoth front man Nergal comments: "We have teamed up with Grupa 13 again to shoot this amazing video…I must honestly say it was very refreshing cooperation. Darek is probably one of the most creative people I've met in this business and I love working with him. Every time we force ourselves to come up with even crazier ideas…This time we really made it very artistic and… still VERY disturbing. There's plenty of metaphors and symbolism in this video…the story is even more diverse, fucked up and out of control. I'm still digesting it… the video is being edited as we write these words…Stay tuned!"

Grupa 13's Dariusz Szermanowicz adds, "'Lucifer' is a song that completes the visual concept of the 'Evangelion' album. The evolution of the script was long and stormy, but in the end it surprised us with lots of last minute changes and new energy in the ideas! This time we've shot it in a studio environment, with minimum set design. We've prepared over a dozen episodes and strong scenes filled with emotions. There's still more than a month of editing and post-production ahead of us. We wouldn't like to disclose the plot now; I can only say that this clip will be different from the previous ones. However, some elements, symbols and atmosphere continue the stories which have been told in the previous music videos."

Photos from the "Lucifer" video shoot can be found by heading over to this location.

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Behemoth Shoots New Music Video

A brand new music video from Polish blackened death metal band Behemoth was recently shot for the track "Lucifer," which is off the bands current release "Evangelion." Check out the teaser below shot by Nergal for the video again. The clip was again directed by Grupa 13, which features Polish singer, guitarist, and poet Maciej Malenczuk - who also contributed guest vocals on the track.

Nergal comments: "I’m speechless. We have overcome ourselves again…give me few more days to digest everything that just happened and I give you more info."

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Behemoth Posts New Rehearsal Footage Online

Polish death metal act Behemoth has uploaded a new video clip from its rehearsal space. The band returned to a normal rehearsal following frontman/guitarist Nergal's successful bone marrow transplant following a bout with Leukemia. You can check out the new footage in the player below.

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Root Announces Guest Musicians For New Album

Long running Czech Republic based dark metal act Root has announced an upcoming 9th full-length album, which will be titled "Heritage of Satan." The new album is currently slated for release this coming Autumn through Agonia Records.

Root has also announced three special guests who lent their talents while recording the album: Erik Danielsson (Watain), Rune Blasphemer Eriksen (ex-Mayhem, Ava Inferi, Aura Noir) and Adam Nergal Darski (Behemoth). Vocalists Erik and Nergal provide their vocals on two of the albums' tracks, while one song is decorated with Blasphemer´s northern guitar melodies.

Additional details on "Heritage of Satan" will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, you can check out Metalunderground.com's reviews of the previous Root albums "The Book," "The Temple in the Underworld," "Hell Symphony," and "Zjeveni."

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Nergal Back In Court Over Bible Tearing

Front man Nergal of Poland's Behemoth has returned to court again facing charges for tearing apart a bible on stage and the trial is back on track after Nergal's bone marrow transplant. A video from Nergal's court appearance can be viewed below.

Nergal also comments: "I spent 5 hours In the court in Gdynia today. The case is back on track and there's still few witnesses to be interviewed. It's way too early to give any further comment. I just hope the final verdict is gonna be positive for me. I have a feeling that I'm in this situation for right reasons and I'm not giving up. Cross fingers! The battle ain't over yet…"

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Behemoth Holds First Rehearsal Session

Polish death metal act Behemoth has announced its return to its rehearsal space in preparation of its forthcoming concert dates. This is the first time the band has rehearsed together since frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski underwent a bone marrow transplant operation last year for leukemia. Nergal commented on the recent rehearsal session by saying;

"So, first rehearsals after the transplant are under our belts! I didn’t want to get overexcited at first, just wanted to see how things would go, but I have to tell you, the second rehearsal we fuckin’ nailed 'Ov Fire And The Void,' 'Lucifer,' 'Conquer All' [and] 'Antichristian Phenomenon' flawlessly! One of us even asked: ‘Did we really take a year off from each other?’ Ha ha… it was good times in great company! But the biggest surprise were the songs we NEVER played live ever and planning to do on the upcoming 'Phoenix Rising Tour.' I won’t reveal any names yet, let it be a mystery til we hit the stage, all right?

"In other news, I started jamming out some NEW shit too. [Its to] early to give any further comments but it sounds VERY disturbing and eerie. Can’t fuckin wait to unleash those ideas to my friends"

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Just For Fun

Record Store Employees Try To Decipher Metal Logos

Waterloo Records has posted a video clip online titled "Record Store Olympics Event 3: The Decipher," in which record store employees try to decipher increasingly incomprehensible metal band names based on their logos. Check out the clip below, and see if you can name all the bands based on their logos.

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Nergal Snags "Metal As Fuck" Award

Adam "Nergal" Darski of Poland's Behemoth received the "Metal As Fuck" award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in London this past weekend. Below is a statement from Nergal about his experience at the awards.

"Shit, I'm stoked! I couldn't be more proud of any other award…METAL AS FUCK. What a combination of words! I love everything about Metal and I love everything about…yes, you're right haha. Metal Hammer! You rule! Behemoth truly appreciates all the support given! Fans, thank you for voting…We'll be coming back to you shortly…rehearsals are starting early next week! I'm thrilled. By the way, I wanted to thank Jonathan for being a great host at this year's Awards! Thank you brother! Ah, I could talk forever about how awesome times it was…I got to meet one of my all time heroes, Jaz Coleman from Killing Joke…hung out with Jamie from Hatebreed, Suicide Silence guys, met Devin Townsend! (what a guy! Utmost respect!), Alan from Primordial, Adam Sagir, Alex from Metal Hammer…Great times, great people…you all made my day. Bah! Did I mention it was ALICE COOPER himself handing me the award? Alice, your poison is running thru my veins…"

A video interview with Nergal at the awards show, posted by Soundshock.com, can be seen below. Behemoth also recently announced upcoming Polish shows, which will be the band's first since Nergal underwent a bone marrow transplant due to be diagnosed with leukemia.

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Musicians Comment On New Morbid Angel Album

Morbid Angel's new album "Illud Divinum Insanus" will be out in less than a week, and Season of Mist has now asked a series of famous names in the metal what they thought of the influential extreme metal act's new opus. The commentary from the various musicians can be viewed below, or you can check out Metalunderground.com's review here.

"The new Morbid Angel album will cause 3rd World War. After June 7th, the extreme metal scene is never gonna be the same again... And I already can't wait the moment I'll be sitting on my sofa listening to 'Illus Divinum Insanus' while the world burns! Ha!" - Nergal, Behemoth.

"No other band in the entire Extreme Metal genre but Morbid Angel would have ever dared to make 'Illud Divinum Insanus'. There are going to be quite a few unimaginative underground purists who think they know better what kind of album Morbid Angel should or should not be putting out, but with 'Illud Divinum Insanus' Trey and David prove that they answer to no one but themselves. It is an incredibly well written, performed, recorded and produced record." - Karl Sanders, Nile.

"One of the best death metal releases since their last album with Vincent. I'm not too much into the techno bits but I am a dude who will appreciate and respect bands doing new things, progressing... So it's all good. Vincent's vocals of course are still as good as they come. And the riffs are definitely there, Trey always delivers. New drummer is killer too!" - Mikael Akerfeldt, Opeth.

"The ultimate voice of death metal is back, as hellish as ever!" - Mikael Stanne, Dark Tranquillity.

"Glad to see Morbid Angel are back! We had our share of criticism when we first incorporated electronic elements in our sound and we know it takes courage and passion to follow one's own stream of inspiration. This time the guitar work is more impressive than ever and those 11 songs are a real 'tour de force'. With this new album they're not afraid to take the hit from the more conservative audience but that's what it means to be extreme!" - Vorph, Samael

"Innovation, wits and a feral 'no compromise' attitude is what brands the greatest of bands. 'Illud Divinum Insanus' is all that and a leap further! Hail Morbid Angel!" - Rune "Blasphemer" Eriksen, Ava Inferi, ex Mayhem. More...

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Behemoth Announces Support Acts For Polish Shows

Behemoth has issued the following update about supporting acts for the band's upcoming Polish tour dates:

"We are proud to announce the Polish 'Phoenix Rising Tour 2011' dates and line-up! Behemoth will play 6 shows (more dates can be still announced) in the company of Blindead and Morowe (and one special guest on Warsaw gig)."

These will be the band's first run of shows since frontman Nergal was diagnosed with leukemia and underwent a bone marrow transplant. The dates are as follows:

08.10 - Poznan, Eskulap
09.10 - Gdansk, Parlament
14.10 - Kraków, Studio
15.10 - Katowice, Mega Club
16.10 - Wroclaw, Eter
21.10 - Warszawa, Stodola

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Behemoth Frontman Returns To The Stage

Behemoth frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski made his return to the live stage recently, performing a guest spot with Fields Of The Nephilim. This is the first time he has performed live since being diagnosed with leukemia and receiving a bone marrow transplant. A message from Darski reads as follows:

"I just came off stage…Katowice, Poland. It was my first performance after the transplant. I don't remember when the last time I was THAT nervous. First of all, I had to join one of my favorite bands ever, true legends, Fields Of The Nephilim…secondly, I'm still not 100% in shape so I didn't know how my body would react. I would risk saying I'm maybe 60% of what I used to be…but still progressing!

"Anyway, We did a song 'Penetration' together with Carl McCoy and Co. What a blast I have to tell you. I had a serious adrenaline rush and it was such a boost of energy I can't even describe. My mouth dried out after 30 seconds so I could hardly breathe but the energy wouldn't let me stop. I was carried away. The moment I saw the crowd, I felt this double bass pounding underneath my feet…I was in trance. I'm counting days 'til we come back with Behemoth full time. Five months to go…huh."

You can also find Behemoth's latest update about performing upcoming live shows at this location.

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Behemoth Issues New Update On Live Shows

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…"

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Former Behemoth Bassist Joins Against The Plagues

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!"

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Behemoth Announces Polish Tour Dates

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

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Metal Blade to Release Out of Print Behemoth EPs

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:

"Conjuration"
1. Conjuration Ov Sleep Daemons
2. Wish
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
3. Penetration
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.

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Behemoth Frontman Gives New Interview

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.

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Vesania, Azarath & Nomad Announce Polish Tour

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...

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2011 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Nominees Revealed

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
5. DOWN

Best U.K. Band:
1. IRON MAIDEN
2. BRING ME THE HORIZON
3. SKINDRED
4. ARCHITECTS
5. BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE

Best Live Band:
1. CANCER BATS
2. DEVILDRIVER
3. ROB ZOMBIE
4. SKINDRED
5. MACHINE HEAD

Best New Band:
1. THE DEFILED
2. KVELERTAK
3. TESSERACT
4. THE DAMNED THINGS
5. LETLIVE

Best Underground:
1. WATAIN
2. KYLESA
3. PRIMORDIAL
4. THE DEAD LAY WAITING
5. CLUTCH

Best Breakthrough:
1. PARKWAY DRIVE
2. A DAY TO REMEMBER
3. SYLOSIS
4. SABATON
5. VOLBEAT

Shredder(s):
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:
1. SLAYER
2. BEHEMOTH
3. SLIPKNOT
4. Zakk Wylde
6. DEFTONES

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

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Behemoth Reveals New Album Details

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
2. Wish
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
3. Penetration
4. Until You Call On The Dark
5. Demigod (Live)
6. Slaves Shall Serve (Live)
7. Lam (Live)
8. As Above So Below (Live)

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Nergal Appears At Musicollective School

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.

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