Behemoth
1991
Poland
Music group
The furious intensity of the Eastern beast struck the world in mid 1991, set up by Nergal, the main man behind the band. Started in three piece line-up behemoth started their unearthly voyage with a couple of demos, the most significant of which was the second one, 'From the pagan vastlands' (1993), showing the potential of the main composer/writer.

Signing with a minor Italian company Entropy rec. the band had the chance to record their debut release, a mini album titled 'And the forests dream eternally' (1994) followed by the full length on the Polish underground label Pagan rec.

'Sventevith (storming near the Baltic)' gained a positive responses world wide and eventually saw the band moving on to a new deal with German label Solistitium. Rec., for which they recorded the second album 'Grom'.

This is probably the most controversial release so far, due to its many different influences, using female vocals as well as acoustic guitars and synth. This was also the time when behemoth finally got a chance to tour around Europe, gaining stage experience as well as positive feedback from the crowds.

Then the time came to record third album, titled 'Pandemonic Incantations', which saw the precious aid of new members, especially the very talented drummer Inferno.


After another extensive and rewarding tour, in the fall of 1998 signed a two albums deal with Italy's Avantgarde Music. The first output of this new collaboration was the highly successful album 'Satanica': Long lasting feedbacks covered 'Satanica' with 'gold awards' even one year after its release date (the album was licensed in the USA in Summer 2000!). The label also secured the band with two very effective European tours in support to DEICIDE and another to SATYRICON.

The latest masterpiece is the logic follow-up to 'Satanica', although unpredictable in all its smallest details. Massive guitar parts and a most precise drumming, as well as influences from different sources, will show that Behemoth are there to offer something really varied and innovative once again.

'Thelema.6' is a complete album with characteristic fierce brutality and speed. It has also the most essential ingredient: creativity. Behemoth goes on searching for new dimensions both musically and lyrically. Splendid arrangements and technical invention on individual compositions made this album an ultimate one for Black/death metal genre.

Lyrically once again Nergal and his partner in poetry Krzysztof Azarewicz offered again something of a very sophisticated, intimate and profound obscurity.

'Thelema.6' has been massively supported in the press and media all over the world. As usual album was licensed for the United States area to Olympic rec. and for the first time in their career the album was officially out in Russia by Irond Records as well in Brazil by Moira rec. New songs were also already experienced live during European tour X-MASS FESTIVALS in December 2000 e.v., in support to Morbid Angel. Behemoth invaded their eastern neighbors (Russia, Belarus, Latwija) in February 2001 e.v. being maniacally welcomed by the public.

Continuing the support for 'Thelema.6' Behemoth appeared on several prestigious live events like Wacken Open Air, With Full Force, Inferno Festival, Mystic Festival, Mind Over Matter to mention a few...

Autumn and winter 2001 was the most active period for the band. They started their first headlining tour along with Carpathian Forest(Nor) and Khold (Nor) followed by festival tour in Poland (Thrash em all fest. with Vader and Krisiun among others), first headlining tour in Czech Rep. and Slovakia with Czech deathsters Hypnos. This marathon ended on two occasional shows on X MASS, where the band got extremely positive feedback.

In 2002 Nergal and Co. focused on writing new material for their 6th opus. But in the meantime they did their second headlining tour in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine (February 2001) as well as mini tour in Mexico (february 2001) along with acts like The Haunted and Witchery.

Having the new songs completed Behemoth entered Hendrix Studio for the second time, and with help of their long time friend and engineer Arkadiusz Malczewski, produced album called 'ZOS KIA CULTUS (Here and Beyond)'

'ZOS KIA CULTUS (Here and beyond)' was recorded with almost double production budget and the band spent in the studio two months (almost 700 hours). The result is impressively massive and overwhelming for all those who thought that the band couldn't go any further since the yet excellent Thelema's production.

Musicwise 'ZOS KIA CULTUS' presents the very well known trademark of Behemoth, with hypertech guitar riffing by the axemen in crime Nergal-Havok, the glorious leather-baiting of Inferno and the precise bass patterns by Novy. This time Behemoth sound got APOCALIPTIC ! Adding ultra heavy mid-tempo parts here and there, bringing the listener to the deepest abyss of earth. Nergal and company prove again that they can go anywhere with their killing machine, leaving no survivors behind.

'ZOS KIA CULTUS' street date (November 2002) was shortly after followed by an amount of 36 shows all over the Europe. Behemoth headlined different territories with support of such acts like Destroyer 666, Diabolic, Darkane, Frontside, Crionics, reaching their fans from the south of Europe (Spain, Portugal, Italy) to the north (England, Poland, Norway)...

In February 2003 the band did their first tour in Norway, playing in the most important cities as Bergen, Oslo and Stavanger.

On March 11th 2003 the American premiere took place (Century Media Rec.) which was followed by the first Behemoth's appearance on the US continent. The tour started on the 9th of March at the New Jersey's Metalfest and continued by a decent amount of shows across America and Canada in company of Deicide and Amon Ammarth.
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