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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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Legion Of The Damned To Play Neurotic Deathfest

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:

Abysmal Torment
Acheron
Behemoth
Beneath The Massacre
Cannibal Corpse
Carnifex
Cyanide Serenity
Fleshgod Apocalypse
Gorguts
Legion of the Damned
Misery Index
Modus Delicti
Molotov Solution
Morgoth
Napalm Death
Sublime Cadaveric Decomposition
Suffering Quota
Suffocation
Suicidal Angels
Uncleansed
Within The Ruins

More than 30 bands will be announced in the future, and the current promo poster can be viewed below. More...

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Metal Videos To Get You In The Halloween Mood 4

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.

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Behemoth Finishes "Phoenix Rising" Tour

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!"

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Cannibal Corpse Starts Recording, Announces Tour

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"

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Behemoth Frontman Fired From TV Talent Show

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.

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Behemoth Posts Official "Lucifier" Video

Polish death/black metal band Behemoth has officially released the long awaited video for "Lucifer." The track "Lucifer" is from the band's critically acclaimed LP "Evangelion." The video can be seen below:

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Behemoth Posts Trailer For "Lucifer" Video

Polish black/death metal giants Behemoth posted a trailer for the upcoming video for "Lucifer." The song appears on the 2009 LP "Evangelion." The video was shot by Grupa 13 and features guest vocalist Maciej Malenczuk.

Check out the trailer here:

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New Behemoth Behind the Scenes Video Posted

Metal Blade Records has posted a behind the scenes look at the making of Behemoth's "Lucifer" music video. The track "Lucifer" is from the band's critically acclaimed LP "Evangelion."

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"Full Of Hate" Tour Dates And Lineup Announced

Survivors of the Neckbreaker's Ball and Hatefest will get finally a new chance to crush their heads on the European Full of Hate tour. The following killer-acts will destroy your ears with the power and might of extreme metal music:

Cannibal Corpse
Behemoth
Legion of the Damned
Misery Index
Suicidal Angels
+ Special Guest (tbc)

The dates are as follows:

09.02.2012 DE – Hamburg, Markthalle
10.02.2012 DE – Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
11.02.2012 DE – Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
12.02.2012 NL – Enschede, Atak
13.02.2012 FR – Paris, Bataclan
14.02.2012 DE – Saarbrücken, Garage
15.02.2012 CH – Pratteln, Z7
16.02.2012 IT – Milan, Live Club
17.02.2012 AT – Wien, Arena
18.02.2012 DE – München, Backstage
19.02.2012 BE – Antwerpen, Trix
21.02.2012 IT – Bologna, Estragon
22.02.2012 SK – Bratislava, Majestic Music Club
23.02.2012 CZ – Prague, KD Vltavska
24.02.2012 AT – Linz, Posthof
25.02.2012 DE – Geiselwind, Music Hall
27.02.2012 SE – Stockholm, Munchenbryggeriet
28.02.2012 SE – Gothenburg, Traedgarn
29.02.2012 DK - Aarhus, Voxhall
01.03.2012 DE – Berlin, Postbahnhof
02.03.2012 DE – Leipzig, Hellraiser
03.03.2012 DE – Giessen, Hessenhalle
04.03.2012 NL – Tilburg, O13 Neurotic Deathfest

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Headline News

Nergal Cleared Of Blasphemy Charges In Poland

According to The Associated Press, Behemoth frontman Adam "Negal" Darski was found innocent today in a Polish court, after being on trial for ripping pages out of a Bible and labelling it, "a deceitful book" at a concert in 2007. He was being charged for the crime of insulting religious feelings, an offense which can carry a sentence of two years imprisonment in the predominantly Catholic country of Poland. Darski was cleared of the charges when he explained that the show where the tearing took place was a closed event in which only those who had purchased tickets attended and knew what to expect, a statement held up when questioned audience members stated that they were not offended by Darski's actions or comments. More...

Read the full article at The Associated Press.

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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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Headline News

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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