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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 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
5546 S Redwood Rd.
Salt Lake City, UT 84123
May 4th, 2012
Manifest Discs & Tapes
6239 South Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28217
May 6th, 2012
100 South Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19110 More...
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.
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.
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.
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)
All Shall Perish
August Burns Red
Black Label Society
Black Veil Brides
Children Of Bodom
Behemoth is twelve shows into the band's European tour now alongside with Cannibal Corpse, Legion Of The Damned, Misery Index, Suicide Silence and Nexus Inferi. Nergal has just sent in his thoughts on shows Behemoth have played so far:
"We are in the middle of this tour and on behalf of the band I must state that's probably the best European run we've done ever! And it's not just courtesy but a fact. Never seen European venues so crowded and enthusiastically reacting to our show. I know, we've been away for a while, the band's future was a big question mark and if you ask me, I have to say I was seriously worried If I can pull it off at all.
"Now I can finally admit: Fuck yes! I can still get my ass on stage and give my blood, sweat and heart to the people who truly deserve that. These 'return' shows have some transcendental touch to it and I can't get rid of the feeling, it's a new life injected in band's veins. I am proud. Of my band, myself and all the fans coming to the shows. Thank you. Stay strong and see you soon!"
In other news, Behemoth has been nominated for "Best International Band" at the 2012 Revolver Golden Gods Awards, presented by Epiphone. Behemoth is up against Lacuna Coil, Rammstein, Sepultura, Meshuggah, and X Japan. The polls are now open and fans can vote for their favorites in each category at this location. Tickets are on sale now on ticketmaster for the live concert/awards show that will take place on April 11th at Club Nokia in LA. The event will also be broadcast live in its entirety on Xbox LIVE!
Behemoth's remaining shows in Europe as well as the upcoming Decibel Magazine tour are listed below. More...
Funeral doom purveyors Evoken have been added to select dates on the inaugural Decibel Magazine Tour. With Behemoth, Watain, The Devil's Blood, and In Solitude capping the tour, Evoken's rare appearances will certainly ramp up interest in the tour's extreme yet diverse sound and vision.
Evoken will appear on the following dates:
May 5 – Baltimore, MD
May 6 – Philadelphia, PA
May 12 – New York, NY
Full details on the Decibel Magazine tour's lineup and routing can be found at this location.
As previously announced, Swedish black metal miscreants Watain will take part in the inaugural Decibel Magazine Tour alongside Behemoth, The Devil’s Blood, and In Solitude. The live ceremonies will begin on April 11th in Ohio and bloody 26 stages including a stop in Oklahoma City where the trek will merge with the U.S. Torture Tour featuring Cannibal Corpse, Exhumed, Abysmal Dawn, and Arkaik for an evening of audio devastation.
Pleased to take part in the event, frontman Erik Danielsson comments: “We were originally meant to spend this year in the shadows, focusing inwards and on the new material we have compiled during the years since Lawless Darkness was released. This tour however was a bit too good to say no to. It is so seldom these days that someone actually managed to put together a descent tour package, which Decibel sure has managed to do this time. A ‘clash of the titans’ indeed! And considering the other bands on the tour, I can just imagine our management and the promotors biting their fingernails in anxiety and horror, waiting for the first arson or murder report from the road.
"Touring the States is always inspirational; there is always lots of emotion, anger, debauchery, decadence and a general feeling of lawlessness in the air, so I am sure this tour will nourish the writing process to a certain extent as well. A rich and fertile foundation of harsh physical and emotional experience has always played a big role in Watain writing new material, and this tour will for sure contribute to that. We will aim to make it interesting and memorable enough to do so.”
Tour dates are as follows: More...
The organisers of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced the addition of two legendary bands for this year's event, namely American power metal outfit Iced Earth and Brazilian thrash metal veterans Sepultura. The festival will take place at Catton Hall in Walton On-Trent, Derbyshire from August 10th-12th and features the following lineup, with more acts to be confirmed:
Ronnie James Dio Stage:
Alice Cooper (Headliner)
The Black Dahlia Murder
Sophie Lancaster Stage:
Sight Of Emptiness
The finalized lineup for Hellfest 2012 has been announced. The festival will run from June 15-17, 2012 in Clisson France. Mainstage headliners are as follows:
Guns N Roses
Blue Oyster Cult
Other headline acts for the various stages include:
June 15: King Diamond, Cannibal Corpse, Amon Amarth
June 16: Machine Head, Entombed, Behemoth, Saint Vitus
June 17: Lamb of God, Trivium, Children of Bodom, Dimmu Borgir, Biohazard More...
The eagerly anticipated Decibel Magazine Tour is set to kick off on April 11 in Columbus Ohio. Featuring four of the darkest bands in existence all on one bill. Behemoth's return trip to North America will be accompanied by retro black metallers Watain, 1970s trad prodigies In Solitude and psychedelic rockers The Devil's Blood.
Tour dates are as follows:
Wed/Apr-11: The Bluestone Columbus, OH
Thu/Apr-12: Mr. Smalls Pittsburgh, PA
Fri/Apr-13: Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL
Sat/Apr-14: Station Four St. Paul, MN
Mon/Apr-16: Granada Theater Lawrence, KS
Tue/Apr-17: Summit Theatre Denver, CO
Wed/Apr-18: The Complex Salt Lake City, UT
Fri/Apr-20: Studio Seven Seattle, WA
Sat/Apr-21: Rickshaw Vancouver, BC
Sun/Apr-22: Hawthorne Theater Portland, OR
Mon/Apr-23: Slims San Francisco, CA
Wed/Apr-25: House of Blues Los Angeles, CA
Thu/Apr-26: Nile Theater Phoenix, AZ
Fri/Apr-27: Sunshine Theater Albuquerque, NM
Sun/Apr-29: White Rabbit San Antonio, TX
Tue/May-01: Orpheum Tampa, FL
Wed/May-02: Masquerade Atlanta, GA
Fri/May-04: Amos Southend Charlotte, NC
Sat/May-05: Rams Head Baltimore, MD
Sun/May-06: Trocadero Theatre Philadelphia, PA
Tue/May-08: Opera House Toronto, ON
Wed/May-09: Club Soda Montreal, QC
Thu/May-10: Imperial Quebec City, QC
Fri/May-11: Palladium Worcester, MA
Sat/May-12: Irving Plaza New York, NY
The organisers of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced that death metal outfit Nile and Norwegian black metal legends Mayhem are the latest bands to be confirmed for the event, which will take place at Catton Hall in Walton On Trent, Derbyshire from August 10th-12th.
The lineup is now as follows:
Ronnie James Dio Stage:
Alice Cooper (Headliner)
The Black Dahlia Murder
Sophie Lancaster Stage:
Sight Of Emptiness
Polish black/death metal giants Behemoth will team up with Swedish black metal band Watain, Dutch psychedelic band The Devil's Blood and Swedish metal band In Solitude for the first annual Decibel Magazine Tour. The tour will commence in April and consists of 26 dates.
North America’s premier heavy metal magazine is launching the maiden edition of its annual earth-scorching tour this April. The inaugural Decibel Magazine Tour will feature not just the long-awaited stateside return of Polish Behemoth, Swedish black metal provocateurs Watain, the Devil’s Blood and In Solitude.
Behemoth frontman Nergal had the following comments on the tour: “Considering the fact that we’ll be sharing the stage with the most evil and uncompromising bands around—Watain, the Devil’s Blood and In Solitude—this already makes it a legendary bill that you can’t miss out on! Watch out. We won’t show up—we will ARRIVE with all the strength and might!”
More details, including tour dates, venues and ticket info will be announced at www.decibelmagazinetour.com on January 24th. Every ticket purchased through Top Spin will come with a commemorative laminate, and all fans that purchase their ticket through Top Spin will be entered to win an ESP Guitar.
Polish death/black giants Behemoth are confirmed to headline the Ronnie James Dio Stage of Bloodstock 2012 on Friday, August 10, 2012. The festival runs from August 10-12, 2012.
The current lineup (stages in "( )") and dates are as follows:
Friday, August 10, 2012:
Behemoth (RJ Dio Stage)
Watain (RJ Dio Stage)
C.O.C. (RJ Dio Stage)
Grand Magus (RJ Dio Stage)
Saturday, August 11, 2012:
Dimmu Borgir (RJ Dio Stage)
Hatebreed (RJ Dio Stage)
Sanctuary (RJ Dio Stage)
The Black Dahlia Murder (RJ Dio Stage)
Orange Goblin (Sophie Lancaster Stage)
Sunday, August 12, 2012:
Alice Cooper (RJ Dio Stage)
Paradise Lost (RJ Dio Stage)
Anvil (RJ Dio Stage)
Anaal Nathrakh (Sophie Lancaster Stage)
Metal Injection correspondant Aline flew to Poland to catch one of Behemoth's first shows back, and she managed to grab Nergal and Orion for a post-show chat. She checks on Nergal's status, the future of the band and all the recent controversy surrounding the group. Nergal also discusses what the plans are for the future and the possibility of new Behemoth music.
Europe's Neurotic Deathfest has added Legion of the Damned to the festival's lineup. The fest takes place from March 2nd to March 4th, 2012 at the 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands. The current lineup looks like this:
Beneath The Massacre
Legion of the Damned
Sublime Cadaveric Decomposition
Within The Ruins
More than 30 bands will be announced in the future, and the current promo poster can be viewed below. More...
All Hallow’s Eve has finally arrived and it’s just about time to get the debauchery going full swing. Whether you’re getting the altar set up for a black mass or you just plan on drinking until werewolves and vampires seem like legitimate concerns, there’s a host of metal videos to help get the evening started right.
Earlier this month we showcased horror themed videos that went way over the top, focused on the devil and his minions, and then dipped into the atmopsheric and creepy videos. Now that Halloween is here we’ll finish off with monsters, serial killers, and even a few bonus clips.
Bleeding Through – “Kill To Believe”
The “Kill To Believe” video is like its own little mini redneck hillbilly horror movie. If you’ve seen all the “Wrong Turn” and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” movies a couple dozen times, this one’s for you.
Behemoth has wrapped up the band's first string of shows following Nergal's recovery from leukemia, which he was diagnose with last year. Nergal comments:
"The word became flesh. We are back and we're back for good. Seven shows across Poland was a much needed morale boost for our camp. We have proven to ourselves that we can come back in an even more splendorous way than ever before! All the concerts turned out better than expected, most of venues were sold out and, despite my throat infection, we managed to pulled off the last three shows in Warsaw, Torun and Lodz. I'm back home and I'm recovering now…and I'm happy. Simple as that.
"Behemoth would love to hail all the fans that made this tour so great! Our friends: Mystic Production, Witching Hour Prod., Przemek, Kapral, Piotr, Adam, Mr. Groszek, Lubawa, Bartek Was, Piro…your dedication and professionalism can't be underrated! I'd like to thank Blindead and Morowe for keeping the variety and quality on the bill. Great people, great bands!
"Also, we'd like to show our utmost respect to the rectors of Universities (who own few of the venues we played) who decided to let the shows happen under the strong pressure from religious groups that were trying to ban and cancel the tour. We always love to see when intelligence wins over superstition and stagnation. Hail Freedom!
"Now we are taking some time off before striking back on the stages of Poland (Krakow, Rzeszow and Szczecin) in January and Europe (co-headlining tour with Cannibal Corpse) early next year! Soon we're gonna reveal super exciting news about Spring American tour! We are taking the world by storm again! Just watch!"
New York death metal band Cannibal Corpse has started recording the band's twelfth studio album at Sonic Ranch Studios in Texas with producer Erik Rutan. The band plans to release more details on the album soon.
The band also announced that it will support Polish giants Behemoth on the "Full Of Hate" European tour in 2012, the confirmed dates of which are as follows:
09/02/12 - DE - Hamburg - Market Hall
10/02/12 - DE - Oberhausen - Turbine Hall
11/02/12 - DE - Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn
12/02/12 - NL - Enschede - Atak
13/02/12 - FR - Paris - Bataclan
14/02/12 - DE - Saarbrücken - Garage
15/02/12 - CH - Pratteln - Z7
16/02/12 - IT - Milan - Live Club
17/02/12 - AT - Vienna - Arena
18/02/12 - DE - Munich - Backstage
19.02.12 - BE - Antwerp - Trix
21/02/12 - IT - Bologna - Estragon
22/02/12 - SK - Bratislava - Majestic Music Club
23/02/12 - CZ - Prague - KD Vltavska
24/02/12 - AT - Linz - Posthof
25/02/12 - DE - Geiselwind - Music Hall
27/02/12 - SE - Stockholm - Munchenbryggeriet
28/02/12 - SE - Gothenburg - Trädgårn
29/02/12 - DK - Aarhus - Voxhall
01/03/12 - DE - Berlin - Postal Station
02/03/12 - DE - Leipzig - Hellraiser
03/03/12 - DE - Giessen - Hessen Halle
04/03/12 - NL - Tilburg - O13 "Neurotic Deathfest"
Polands's State TV has announced that they have removed Behemoth frontman Nergal, aka Adam Darski, from it's talent show, The Voice Of Poland, after much pressure from the Catholic Church, claining that they will not replace him with another "death metal rock star."
"In connection with press reports about Adam Darski's behavior during a recent Warsaw club concert... his provocative behavior showed a lack of respect for religious convictions, as well as for the sick and handicapped," Polish TV's president, Juliusz Braun, said on 13 October.
The incident Braun is refering to is a recent concert in Warsaw, Poland, where Darski dressed up as a priest and pretended to cure a handicapped person.
Read the full article at ENI News.