The night of a show, first few dates of the tour phone interview: these things are almost always a challenge. They inevitably run late or are rushed, usually both, as they get squeezed in between meet-and-greets, sound check, dinner or there is some travel delay, equipment hassle, dodgy phone signal, personal crisis or illness to contend with. And that’s if they happen at all.
Too often, they end up having to be rescheduled. Sometimes more than once. I remember a week’s worth of phone calls and text messages through five cities in the U.S. and Canada before finally hooking up with Satyricon drummer Frost in 2009. Good times.
And that’s where it looked like things might be headed when I rang Behemoth’s tour manager for my appointed time with frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski prior to the band’s show in Austin, Texas, the third date of a five-plus-week North American trek with Cannibal Corpse – and got voicemail.
Fortunately, when I called back 10 minutes later, there was an answer. But, alas, not only would the interview need to be pushed back a half-hour because a meet-and-greet was running long, I was asked to keep it to 20 minutes because Darski already was experiencing trouble with his voice – which perhaps is no wonder. Behemoth – rounded out by bassist Tomasz “Orion” Wróblewski, drummer Zbigniew Robert “Inferno” Promiñski and guitarist Patryk “Seth” Sztyber — had traveled from their native Poland to Miami, spent four days at sea as part of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, and then got right on the bus the kick off the tour with Cannibal in New Orleans.
Still, 20 minutes is certainly better than none, and even in a hurried conversation, we managed to cover quite a bit of ground – albeit not in much depth – from the 70,000 Tons of Metal trek and start of the current tour to the imminent English-language release of Darski’s own book “Confessions Of A Heretic: The Sacred And Profane, Behemoth And Beyond,” and the “definitive Behemoth biography” – as it’s being advertised – “Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors” by Łukasz Dunaj.
Darski also addressed his health, how his triumphant battle with leukemia in 2010-11 has changed the way he looks at life and what that might mean for Behemoth in the future, once the lengthy crusade on behalf of last year’s masterwork, The Satanist, comes to an end some time in 2016, when the band will celebrate its 25th anniversary.
Review by Ben Spencer Photography by Jo Blackened
Behemoth @ The Forum
After battling against the London rush hour and being squashed up against the window of the Northern Line Tube it was time to head return the London Forum to get an early week fix of metal in the form of Behemoth.
Polish blackened death merchants Behemoth have premiered a new live video for their song “Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer” from their heralded latest album, “The Satanist,” via their official youtube channel. This marks the first ever official live video for the band. Sparing no expense or artistic integrity, this video was shot by long time Behemoth video collaborators, Grupa 13.
Furthermore, after receiving numerous emails from fans asking the band to release both of their latest EPs on CD, the band have answered. Front man Nergal comments: “We have talked about this for a long time – whether do this or not. Finally, we’ve decided to make it happen. BUT still in a strict limit to keep this stuff exclusive.”
Today, the pre order of “XIADZ / Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel” on CD digipack begins. The preorder is available exclusively via the Behemoth web shop HERE, and will start shipping (together with all other items put in the same order with the CD) on December 10th. CD’s are strictly limited to 2000, so hurry up to claim yours!
Metal, beer and bratwurst are the unholy alliance at German metal festivals. Those festivals are those things that every banger has to experiment once in lifetime. Even though festivals are packed by those obvious and quaranteed bands on the bill, but missing the true metal feeling is something. Summer Breeze has grown tremendously and gained the monumental status amongst several other metal festivals in Germany. The main headliner of this year was without any doubts Machine Head. The Summer Breeze festival is the well organized metal festival in Southern Germany. Even though most of bands appeal to the metal public, but some strange German acts such as JBO were on the bill. However, Summer Breeze was a great success, despite the horrible weather. Here is the brief article of the fest.
On April 29, 2014 the Metal Alliance Tour rolled into Calgary Alta. for a very early show. The venue at the University of Calgary, MacEwan Hall, had a very early curfew for the show and so doors were opened at 5pm with the first band on at 5:45pm. The early start time unfortunately reduced the number of attendees, as did the lack of Inquisition on bill who were unable to cross the border. The three more well-known acts on the bill, Goatwhore, 1349 and Behemoth have played packed venues in Calgary previously. Due to the size of the hall and the division between the beer gardens at the back of the room and the all age’s section in front of the stage, the crowd looked a little thin.
It was a slow start when Black Crown Initiate came on stage. There were very few people in the venue and no line up outside because of the early start time. A few more people trickled in over the course of the set but it was a very noticeably small crowd. Their technical death metal infused with progressive influences was enjoyed by the audience, and a sizable amount of people moved up towards the stage to show their appreciation of the music. The songs flowed seamlessly from an instrumental introspective intro into their heavier catalogue.
Louisiana’s Goatwhore always gets a good response in Calgary, filling larger bar sized venues with raucous fans. Although there were considerably more people for Goatwhore’s set, it still looked like small crowd due to the room size. Frontman Ben Falgoust demands the audience’s response with his intense stage presence as he prowls around the stage striking epic poses and headbanging in between ferocious vocals. Sammy Duet shredded through driving riffs and razor sharp solos. Bassist James Harvey was an indomitable presence as he delivered tight bass lines and Zack Simmons was menacing behind his drum kit. The set sampled from the bands previous albums with songs like “The All Destroying”, “When Steel and Bone Meet”, along with a new tune from the upcoming album Constricting Rage of the Merciless [Metal Blade Records, 2014] called “Baring Teeth For Revolt”. The set finished with favorites that really got the crowd moving “Alchemy of the Black Sun Cult” and “Apocalyptic Havok”.
Norway’s 1349 brought a more malicious atmosphere to the line-up. The stage was awash in red as the band took the stage. Vocalist Ravn was an intimidating force, holding up gauntleted fists to crowd to emphasize his venomous vocals. Jon Rice (ex-Job For A Cowboy) was filling in once again on drum for Frost and did an excellent job with the relentless drum beats. “Sculptor of Flesh” started off the set and after a few songs the band gave the crowd a taste of upcoming album with “Slaves” which seemed well liked by the crowd. They finished off with “When I was Flesh” and “Atomic Chapel”.
Behemoth never fails at putting a performance that shows thought put into every detail. From costumes and backdrops and sets, to stage presence and character, it all holds the audience enthralled. Whether or not you are a fan of their newest offering the Satanist[Nuclear Blast, 2014], which was heavily featured in the set list, the performance delivered entertained and engaged. The band strode on stage with Nergal following last, ceremoniously walking out with fire torches held in both hands. Nergal stood with his back to the audience, torches crossed, and the anticipation was built up until they launched into “Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel”. Orion was towering and ominous with his bass. Inferno pounded into his drums, though was mostly hidden behind his kit for the majority of the set. Seth shredded on his guitar with Nergal and stalked around the stage. Behemoth gave fans some older favorites like “Conquer All”, “Christians to the Lions”, and “Chant for Eschaton 2000” mixed in with the new, including the title track from The Satanist. Their excellently executed set ended with “O Father, O Satan, O Sun” and the band donned horned masks to finish with a very evil atmosphere.
The weather has darkened, the north winds have arrived with an Arctic chill and that’s just outside the Kentish Town forum this evening. The venue itself is preparing for an onslaught of the deepest and most violent creatures it has seen for a long time, with bands from the black , death and gothic genres of metal with ballistic beats, harrowing screams and brutality that can only come from the most skilled of lyrical poetic masterminds. Read the rest of this entry »
Nergal found NOT GUILTY on blasphemy charges yesterday to conclude six-year long battle in Polish court
Behemoth’s highly anticipate new album, their first full length since 2009, “The Satanist“, has exceeded and demolished expectations on every front. It is with great pride that we officially announce that the album has debuted at #34 on the Billboard Top 200 charts, 21 spots higher than the band’s previous album, “Evangelion.” In Canada, the album debuted at #46 on the Top 200 current albums chart. The complete listing of “The Satanist” North American chart debuts has been posted below.
BEHEMOTH U.S. Chart Numbers:
Billboard Top 200 – #34
Top Overall Albums – #34
Independent Albums – #6
Current Hard Music – #4
Overall Hard Music – #4
Overall Core Rock – #8
Top Current Rock – #9
iTunes Metal – #3
iTunes Rock – #4
iTunes Top Albums – #24
BEHEMOTH Canadian Chart Numbers:
Top 200 Current Albums – #46
Current Digital Albums – #36
Hard Music Chart – #5
iTunes Metal – #1
iTunes Rock – #2
iTunes Top Albums – #19
BEHEMOTH have posted the third in a series of video clips about the making of the band’s new album ‘The Satanist‘. The series of videos chronicles a selection of the creative and technical processes behind the album that Albert Mudrian of Decibel Magazine heralds as “simply the best BEHEMOTH record ever”. Watch the third making of video in which INFERNO discusses the drumming on the album, here: http://youtu.be/sUVqrhMzy3A
“The Satanist” to be released February 4th in North America
BEHEMOTH has posted a brand new behind the scenes video for “The Satanist.” This video is the first in a series of four that chronicles a selection of the creative and technical processes behind the album that Albert Mudrian of Decibel Magazine heralds as “simply the best Behemoth record ever.” Watch the making of video now at metalblade.com/behemoth, where pre-order bundles for “The Satanist” are also available.
BEHEMOTH front man, Nergal, simply offers the following statement: “The Satanist is magic. It’s dangerous. It’s adventurous, and it’s organic.”
“The Satanist” pre-order bundles are available now and include: CD, LP, t-shirt, as well as the deluxe box set, and are available at metalblade.com/behemoth in North America, nuclearblast.de/behemoth in Europe, and on behemoth-store.com ( digibook and box). “The Satanist” will be unleashed on February 3rd in the UK, February 4th in North America and Poland, February 5th in Japan, and February 7th in Europe and the rest of the world. Also, “Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel” has been released on iTunes and can be purchased HERE. Read the rest of this entry »
BEHEMOTH’s long-awaited new album, “The Satanist,” is now available for pre-order. Pre-order bundles, include: CD, LP, t-shirt, as well as the deluxe box set, and are available at metalblade.com/behemoth in North America, nuclearblast.de/behemoth in Europe, and on behemoth-store.com ( digibook and box). “The Satanist” will be unleashed on February 3rd in the UK, February 4th in North America and Poland, February 5th in Japan, and February 7th in Europe and the rest of the world. Also, “Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel” has been released on iTunes and can be purchased HERE.
Poland’s blackened death metal outfit BEHEMOTH have been forced to cancel their upcoming appearance on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival due to their drummer Inferno taking ill and requiring surgery.
The band’s front-man Nergal comments; “This must have been the most difficult decision we were forced to make in recent years. Behemoth is known for not canceling any shows or tours. But this is not something we can do when we are missing our driving force, the man behind the drums – Inferno. Unfortunately, he was hospitalized due to appendix surgery and it’s gonna take him few months to fully recover and get back to shape. We are trying to save selected European Festivals with a fill in drummer (Krimh, ex-Decapitated), but we won’t be risking doing a full-on prestigious tour like the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival without Inferno. Behemoth is a solid unit and any part of this unit missing makes us weaker, and that is not how we want to present our new material to our fans. Please, accept our apologies and be patient, we shall return to Europe (this fall) and US (early 2014) empowered and motivated as never before!”
BEHEMOTH, who have been holed up in Hertz Studios working on their tenth full-length album, are pleased to announce the title of their forthcoming full-length album—THE SATANIST. The album will come out in the fall of 2013—stay tuned for more studio updates, music, preorder info and more at metalblade.com/behemoth.
“It took us over two decades to come up with a title that…says it all. While our new songs artistically take surprisingly adventurous directions, our message stands steadfast—Proud and Radical. THE SATANIST stands for undying yearning for liberation and love for freedom in all aspects of life. Considering all our life experiences that often took dramatic curves I couldn’t think of more appropriate and fitting statement of who and where we are now” comments BEHEMOTH front man Nergal.
Game Over Cycles, the Polish company, which specializes in the construction of custom motorcycles and vintage cars restoration, published a new video material on unique project which combines the automotive world with the world of music. Behemoth Bike, as the project is initially called, is a custom motorcycle inspired by and currently being created in collaboration with by the global Polish icon of metal music — Behemoth and particularly the band’s leader, Adam “Nergal” Darski. The bike is planned by the designers to be a powerful dark machine with exceptional technical parameters and unprecedented ornamentation. Construction started in January 2013. The machine is almost completed and successfully went through first test drives, which were also attended by band’s leader, Adam “Nergal” Darski. Currently the motorcycle is being prepared for painting and eventually completing its construction process.
GOC published a new video material presenting the project and date of its premiere. The clip is available for viewing here:
The machine will be unveiled in public for the first time during the Impact Festival on 04.06.2013 in Warsaw, Poland, where Behemoth will be one of the leading acts.