Polish blackened death metal icons Behemoth are still riding on the wings of their critically acclaimed 2014 studio album "The Satanist," and have decided to play string of live concert dates across Europe and North America as the special guests for Slayer tour.
Praised by fans of extreme metal as one of the finest tour packages at the moment, the shows will see Behemoth sharing the stage with the mighty Slayer and Lamb Of God.
Latest album information
Released in February 2014, "The Satanist" marked the Behemoth's 10th studio album and a follow-up to 2009's "Evangelion." In 2010, frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski was diagnosed with leukemia, and this record is his triumphant return to the world of music. Dark, enigmatic, thunderous, exciting, yet true to the band's tradition and heritage, it was universally hailed as a masterpiece and one of the finest metal efforts of the decade. Every aspect of artistic expression from music to artwork to videos accompanying the effort are a part of a grand story that climaxes with the album's final song "O Father O Satan O Sun!" This is a story that goes beyond extreme metal, this is a piece of Darski's very being. On the technical side, the album features a set of nine songs clocking in at just under 45 minutes. It was released via Nuclear Blast Records with several individuals at the helm of production - the band themselves, Daniel Bergstrand, Wojciech Wieslawski, and Slawomir Wieslawski. The effort was recorded between February and June of 2013 at two studios in Poland - Hertz Studio in Bialystok and RG Studio in Gdansk.
Bands members and the origin
Behemoth is the brainchild of frontman, vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Adam "Nergal" Darski, who is the only original member of the band's current lineup and the only musician who was in Behemoth throughout its existence since 1991. If we count musicians who were hired for live concerts only, the group has a list of over 10 former members, but the core of the act has been operating as a three-piece since 2003 featuring Nergal, Zbigniew "Inferno" Prominski on drums and on Tomasz "Orion" Wroblewski on bass and backing vocals.
Additionally, Patryk "Seth" Sztyber has been the band's session and live member since 2004, taking up the position of a second guitarist and backing singer. As noted, the group was founded in 1991, producing music as a three-piece and focusing on traditional black metal style with what was described as "heathen" lyrical content. They soon shifted to mystic and occult themes, while infusing their sound with elements of death metal to ultimately forge their blackened death metal brand of extreme music. The band's goal was always expanding the horizons of listeners with taboo topics and delving into domains of the occult and satanic.
Typical performance and style
In addition to the aforementioned blackened death metal musical style, Behemoth is known for quality musicianship and controversial black metal image. Their live concerts heavily rely not just on quality sonic delivery, but on unifying the elements of music with visual parts.
Members of the band always grace the stage with corpse paint and full-blown metal attire, and their performance is accompanied by a light show and a variety of visual effects. Over the years, the band was branded with a variety of musical labels, although Nergal was the first one to discard those. And while "blackened death metal" is a concise way of summing Behemoth up, their music, in fact, features a set of elements taken from traditional black metal, death metal, technical death metal, melodic death metal, and even moments of thrash metal.
Behemoth's quick discography
Behemoth have a string of 10 studio albums under their belt, with the latest one being 2014's "The Satanist." Their first record saw its release in 1995 under the title of "Sventevith (Storming Near the Baltic)" and secured the band the position of a torchbearer of Polish fresh underground metal scene. Keeping the black metal spirit as the focal musical point, the band released "Grom" in 1996 and "Pandemonic Incantations" in 1998. With 1999's "Satanica," elements of death metal have reached the group's sonic palette and continued to thrive to this very day. 2004's "Demigod" saw the band making bigger waves in wider circles of the metal community while 2009's "Evangelion" scored them their first No. 1 chart debut in their native Poland. Behemoth are among few bands who started their musical journey 25 years ago to have their latest album hailed as their finest effort to date, which is exactly what is happening with "The Satanist."