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.
Behemoth Bike, as the project is initially called, is a custom motorcycle inspired and currently being created in collaboration with the global Polish icon of metal music – Behemoth and particularly band’s leader – Adam “Nergal” Darski. The project was initiated and is being enforced by Game Over Cycles, a Polish company producing custom motorcycles. 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. Currently motorcycle’s main components such as body, frame, suspension arms are already completed and the machine is being prepared for test drives. Completion of construction is scheduled for May 2013. The whole process can be followed on Game Over Cycles’ Facebook profile.
Adam “Nergal” Darski in court (Monday, October 29)
According to Reuters, Poland’s Supreme Court has ruled that Adam “Nergal” Darski, frontman for Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH, committed a crime when when he called the Catholic Church “the most murderous cult on the planet” during the band’s September 2007 performance in Gdynia and tore up a copy of the Bible, calling it “a book of lies.”
A lower court will now decide if Darski is guilty of the crime, which carries a maximum sentence of two years in jail.
“[The decision] is negative and restricts the freedom of speech. The court decided that this is allowed in a democratic system,” Jacek Potulski, a lawyer for Darski, told Reuters.
He added, “We are still arguing that we were dealing with art, which allows more critical and radical statements.”
Ryszard Nowak, chairman of the privately run Nationwide Defence Committee Against Sects, told Polish television about today’s court ruling, “The Supreme Court said clearly that there are limits for artists which cannot be crossed.”
Back in August 2011, a Polish judge ruled that Darski’s ripping up of a Bible during a show was a form of artistic expression consistent with the style of his band.
Judge Krzysztof Wieckowski said he considered Darski’s actions “a form of art.” He added that the court had no intention of limiting freedom of expression or the right to criticize religion.
The court said audience members who testified said their religious feelings had not been hurt despite the fact they were Christians.
After the 2007 incident, Nowak sued BEHEMOTH for promoting Satanism. Although a court expert witness on religious matters said that the act of destroying the Holy Bible could offend somebody’s religious feelings, the case was discontinued because no one except Nowak accused BEHEMOTH of insulting their religious beliefs. (Under Polish law, there must be at least two formal complaints before a charge is laid. The previous complaint was made in 2008, and recently an unspecified number of other complaints had been filed.)
In a 2009 interview with Decibel magazine, BEHEMOTH bassist Tomasz “Orion” Wróblewski explained that the Bible-tearing incident was by no means a spontaneous outburst. “We’d been doing that for two years on tour before it happened in Poland,” he said. “So, we had discussed it many times before. A BEHEMOTH show is a BEHEMOTH show, and BEHEMOTH fans are coming to a BEHEMOTH show. BEHEMOTH fans know what BEHEMOTH is about, know what the lyrics are about, and know at least a little of the philosophy behind the band. So, it’s kind of surprising that there are people coming to the shows and feeling offended with what we do onstage. If such a person comes to a show, he comes with the purpose of being offended, I guess, and it shouldn’t be like that. We’re not offending any particular person. We’re just offending the religion that we’ve been raised in.”
Polish-language TV report on today’s Supreme Court ruling:
BEHEMOTH’s Adam “Nergal” Darski tearing up the Bible:
Getaway Rock Festival
Gasklockorna, Gavle, Sweden
5-7/7 – 2012
Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall
Guest contributor: Ulrika Henriksson
This is a review of the third edition of Getaway Rock Festival that was held in Gavle, Sweden during three hot days in July. The festival has a new organizer – the German FKP Skorpio – and we were eager to see how the festival was planned this year. We got to see some exclusive Swedish performances by Suicidal Tendencies, Nightwish, Venom, Manowar, Ministry and Yngwie Malmsteen to mention a few. Other acts that performed were Mustasch, Saxon, Finntroll, Satyricon, Behemoth, Devin Townsend Project and Ghost. Read more about the festival down below.
Nergal, the prolific front man of blackened death metal act, Behemoth, is proud to announce that he will be endorsing Demon Energy Drink. As in every project Nergal approaches, this will be on his own terms: a portion of the proceeds will benefit the DKMS foundation. The DKMS foundation raises awareness and funds to benefit those diagnoses with various forms of blood cancer. For more information, and to find out how to get involved, please visit dkmsamericas.org.
Nergal comments on endorsing Demon Energy Drink: “Well, I decided to accept the offer to be a face of this energy drink called Demon. I’ve never been much of a fan of such drinks but I loved the idea behind it… the whole campaign is strongly connected with DKMS foundation (the one that found a bone marrow donor for myself). The percentage of sales will be donated to the foundation and will make this whole business worthwhile for me. Besides, I loved the name and a logo…so why the fuck not?”
There continues to be more great news from the Behemoth camp. The band has announced that they will begin rehearsals for their next album in September, following their performances at several European festivals over the next two weeks. Additionally, the band will embark on a tour of Eastern Europe in the fall. More tour dates and news regarding brand new music from Behemoth will be released as it becomes available.
Nergal elaborates on the upcoming tour dates: “This is what I call the perfect ending of a touring cycle. Finally, we are arriving in Eastern European and South American shores this fall. I know it’s been ages…and I know there’ve been legions waiting for us…on behalf of the band I must say though: the wait is over; we are coming back rejuvenated and hungry! See you all very soon!”
08/10 Derbyshire, UK Bloodstock
08/16 Dinkelsbuehl, Germany Summer Breeze
08/17 Slovakia Gothoom Fest
08/19 Theix, France Motocultor
09/23 Moscow, Russia Milk
09/24 St. Petersburg, Russia Kosmonavt
09/26 Ekaterinburg, Russia Tele-Club
09/28 Novosibirsk, Russia Rock City
09/29 Krasnojarsk Havana
09/30 Krasnodar, Russia Arena
10/01 Minsk, Belarus Re:Public
10/02 Kiev, Ukraine Green Theatre
10/12 Circo Volador, Mexico
10/13 Cifco Pabellon, El Salvador
10/14 Costa Rica, Costa Rica
10/16 Caracas, Venezuela
10/18 Santiago, Chile
10/19 Montevideo, Mexico
10/20 Buenos Aires, Argentina
10/21 Sao Paulo, Brazil
Move over Batman – there’s a new symbol dominating the night sky as Hellfest’s mighty H calls brothers to arms for a weekend, that quite frankly, would strike fear into the heart of many a-charging army. As one of the official t-shirt’s states: Keep repeating – it’s only music… it’s only music… it’s only music… Read the rest of this entry »
The Tuska Open Air Festival is definitely a real metal festival institution amongst all other metal festivals in Europe. This current area, Sivulahti, almost located in the heart of Helsinki, only a few kilometers away from the downtown, is a new home for Tuska for the second time. Suvilahti is more like an industrial environment with the burning and hot asphalt underfoot. When raining, at least the area won’t turn to one hell of a big mud fest.
Another thing forcing Tuska to make a change was the date. Originally the festival was supposed to be at the beginning of July, but another big more international based festival took over the date and Tuska was postponed until three weeks later. Well at least some people got pissed off at the changed date. Obviously a few band negotiations needed to start all over. Hopefully Tuska will return back to the original date.
The line-up looked once again – amazing. Megadeth and Ministry and of course the Swedish war trad metallers were headliners, but Lamb Of God had to pull out of Tuska because of the arrest of the frontman in Republic Czechia and was replaced by Finntroll and Animals As Leaders had to cancel as the band managed to miss the flight. Of course a few cult metal bands like Saint Vitus, A.R.G. could be witnessed. The festival was an utter success although the event wasn’t sold out. All in all 26,000 people visited Tuska during three days.
Metal-Rules.com was present to check out a lot of bands and enjoy the sun and rain.
Review and pics by Arto Lehtinen and Petri Da Costa
Behemoth has recently completed a series of shows and festivals throughout Europe. The shows were a massive success and featured some of the band’s intense stage production to date. To sample what these shows were like, check out this bootleg of “Lucifer”, live in Pratteln, Switzerland HERE.
Behemoth front man Nergal adds the following: “We are back home recharging our batteries before striking back at Hellfest and Graspop! Things are intense and it feels great to be raging across Europe with renewed show and refreshed set list! Unfortunately, we were kind of cursed when it came to weather forecasts on this European trek. One show in Austria had to be cancelled due to a massive thunderstorm. Nevertheless, we kept on conquering. Eight shows completed. A perfect warm up before summer. Hail to everyone who was there to support us!”
In other news, Behemoth has recently announced that they are among the acts confirmed for the Barge To Hell cruise December 3rd-7th. For more information, the entire line up, and to book a room, visit http://www.bargetohell.com.
A limited number of Evangelia Heretika double LPs are still available from Metal Blade HERE. The LP, which features live audio from the DVD of the same name, comes on clear vinyl with a 12″x24″ poster in a beautiful gatefold package. Evangelion and Ezkaton vinyl are also available; visit indiemerch.com/metalbladerecords for the complete list of releases.
This year’s Decibel Magazine tour featured four bands bringing not only excellent live music but also engaging performances that in the smaller venues the tour is hitting gave fans a very intimate feel. The all European line up consisted of Poland’s Behemoth, The Devil’s Blood from the Netherlands and Watain and In Solitude from Sweden. The tour stopped at the Rickshaw Theater in Vancouver B.C. on April 21, 2012 to a packed venue.
Behemoth’s return to touring in North America has been nothing short of triumphant. Shows on the Decibel Magazine Tour have been jam packed with fans eager to see Behemoth take the stage. The mutual energy between the bands on the stage and the crowds throughout North America is immediately evident. Behemoth front man Nergal offers up the following statement…
“I’m sitting in The Old Absynthe House in New Orleans as I’m writing these words. It’s said that Crowley used to spend time here, getting wasted and gaining inspiration. A good place to hang out, my friends. Behemoth is having a day off and we have only 10 shows left on the tour. This is the fastest running trek I’ve ever done in my life! There are not enough words to describe how comfortable and happy we are with the fact that we are touring in such noble company and shows are being so massively attended. Every night when I’m off stage, I have the feeling this was the highlight of the tour. People are fuckin’ raging and we are feeding on that energy. Thank you.”
Nergal continues, elaborating on the inspiration behind the tour, “When I was putting this bill together with my manager months ago, I wanted to recreate the feeling of the early 90’s when the Fuck Christ tour hit Europe (Blasphemy, Rotting Christ and Immortal). It’s fifteen years later, but we are still trying to make an impact, do exciting things, think outside of the box and eventually fuck up the system with attitude that’s far from compromise and political correctness. We are on the right path. Join us or step away…”
There are only ten more opportunities for fans in North America to experience this once-in-a-lifetime line up. Visit decibelmagazinetickets.com today to purchase advanced tickets today.
Decibel Magazine Tour w/ Watain, THE DEVILS BLOOD, IN SOLITUDE
Behemoth will be returning to North America for the first time since 2010 for the highly anticipated Decibel Magazine Tour this April and May. Along with live performance, it has now been confirmed that Behemoth will be holding two in-store appearances in Canada throughout the tour! Fans in Vancouver, BC and Quebec City, QC will have the opportunity to meet the band, purchase albums, and get items signed! The signings will be held at SCRAPE RECORDS in Vancouver and PENTAGRAM in Quebec City. The signings will be held at 4pm in each city.
Behemoth’sEvangelion is currently available at both locations!
The inaugural Decibel Magazine Tour will feature the long-awaited stateside return of Polish blackened death metal overlords Behemoth, as well as support from Swedish black metal provocateurs Watain, Dutch prog mystics The Devil’s Blood and Swedish old-school occultists In Solitude. And now, the dates are in!
The near month-long run, presented by Metal Blade Records, IndieMerchStore.com, FYE, ESP Guitars and Good Fight Entertainment, will commence on April 11 in Columbus, Ohio and level 23 cities before coming to a ceremonial close on May 12 in New York City.
Decibel Magazine Tour
BEHEMOTH, Watain, THE DEVILS BLOOD, IN SOLITUDE 04/11 Columbus, OH The Brewmasters Gate
04/12 Millvale, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre
04/13 Chicago, IL The Bottom Lounge
04/14 St Paul, MN Station 4
04/16 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater
04/17 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
04/18 Salt Lake City, UT Grand Room @ The Complex
04/20 Seattle, WA El Corazon 04/21 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre 04/22 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
04/23 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
04/25 West Hollywood, CA House Of Blues
04/26 Mesa, AZ Nile Theater
04/27 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
04/28 Oklahoma City, OK The Diamond Ballroom w/ Cannibal Corpse, Exhumed 04/29 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
05/01 Tampa, FL Orpheum Theatre
05/02 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
05/04 Charlotte, NC Amos Southbend
05/05 Baltimore, MD Ram’s Head Live
05/06 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero 05/08 Toronto, ON Opera House
05/09 Montreal, QC Club Soda
05/10 Quebec City, QC Imperial De Quebec 05/11 Worcester, MA The Palladium
05/12 New York, NY Irving Plaza