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Style: Black / Death Metal
Year of birth: 1991
Country: Poland
Views: 32767. Updated: 25 February, 2005 by Project Moderators

Biography of Band

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': Longlasting 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 Rec. 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 neighbours (Russia, Belarus, Latwija) in February 2001 e.v. being maniacally welcomed by the public.

The future of 'Thelema' authors looks very bright in long perspective. Having done a few prestigious Summer festivals like Wacken, Mind Over Matter or Eurorock among others the band is preparing themselves for headlining European tour with Carpathian Forest and Khold. This autmn the band will also hit stages in Poland with Krisiun and invade Great Britain in support to Nile. In the meantime Behemoth is slowly completing songs for the 6th opus with is supposed to be record around April next year.

Members of Behemoth

Current Members:
Adam Darski (Nergal). In Band at: 1991 - . Role: Vocals, Guitar
Side projects: Damnation, December`s Fire, Hefeystos
Inferno. In Band at: 1997 - . Role: Drums, Percussion
Side projects: Anima Vilis, Azarath, Damnation, Delirium, Witchmaster
Past Members:
L. Kaos (Guest). Role: Guitars on Satanica
Mefisto. Period: 1997 - 1999. Role: Bass
Baal Ravenlock. Period: 1992 - 1996. Role: Drums
Side projects: Damnation, Hell-Born
Rafa Bauer (Frost). Period: 1993 - 1993. Role: Guitars
Side projects: Hefeystos, Immemorial, Sons Of Serpent
Les. Period: 1996 - 1996. Role: Bass
Side projects: Damnation, Hell-Born
Marcin Nowak (Novy) (Guest). Period: 1999 - 2003. Role: Bass
Side projects: Devilyn, Dies Irae, Enter Chaos, Vader
Orion (Guest). In Band at: 2003 - . Role: Bass
Havoc. Period: 1999 - 2003. Role: Guitars
Side projects: Enter Chaos, Blindead
Istvan Lendvay (Guest). Role: Bass on tour 2003
Side projects: Rise
Seth. Role: Guitar


Demo: Endless Damnation (1992) Tracklist.
Comment: Official studio demo tape, Recorded in 1992, December, released by PAGAN REC.
in 1993, Licensed by LAST EPITAPH PROD. (Ger), re-released in 1996 on LP
format, limited to 500 copies (blue vinyl).
Demo: The Return Of The Northern Moon (1992) Tracklist.
Comment: Official studio demo tape, Recorded in 1992, December, released by PAGAN REC.
in 1993, Licensed by LAST EPITAPH PROD. (Ger), re-released in 1996 on LP
format, limited to 500 copies (blue vinyl).
The tracklist reflects the reissue.

Rob Darken ({link Graveland}) contributed keyboards on this demo.
EP: And the Forests Dream Eternally (1993) Tracklist.
Comment: A very limited LP version of this release also exists.
CD: ...From the Pagan Vastlands (1994) Tracklist.
Comment: Cassette version released by Pagan Records. The CD version was released in US by
Wild Rags and in Europe by Nazgul`s Eyrie.
CD: Sventevith (Storming Near The Baltic) (1995) Tracklist.
Comment: Tracks 1-9 originally recorded 1993 for the "Sventevith" demo.
CD: Grom (1996) Tracklist.
Lineup: Nergal - all guitars, lead voices, accoustics, Baal Ravenlock - Drums, back vocals, Les - Bass, Celina - female vocals
EP: Bewitching The Pomerania (1997) Tracklist.
Comment: One of the last black metal influenced albums put together by Behemoth.
CD: Pandemonic Incantations (1998) Tracklist.
Comment: Tracklist shown is for the Polish version. The original version doesn't include
"Chwala Mordercom Wojciecha (997-1997 Dziesiec Wiekow Hanby)"

The eighth track is followed by 57 tracks of silence. The outro is on track #66.

Pandemonic Incantations" has been re-released with bonus live tracks.
Compilation: Chaotica - The Essence of the Underworld (1999) Tracklist.
Comment: Digipack DoCD:
CD 1 - Storms to Unleash
CD 2 - Thunders to Erupt

Disk 1 1-16
Disk 2 17-29
CD: Satanica (1999) Tracklist.
Comment: Limited edition DoCD includes a 6-track live CD (tracks 9-14). Digipack re-release by Metal Mind (MMP CD 0090 DG) omits "Starspawn".
CD: Thelema.6 (2000) Tracklist.
Comment: Limited digipack (1000 copies) includes bonus tracks:
12-23 = blank tracks
24. Malice
25. Satanas
26. Hello Spaceboy
27. From The Pagan Vastlands
EP: Antichristian Phenomenon (2001) Tracklist.
Comment: Limited Tour Edition 1000 copies.
Released for the "Act of Rebellion" Europe Tour 2001
The track "Malice" can only be found on the 7" vinyl edition.
Boxed Set: Historica (2002) Tracklist.
Comment: To the left shows the cover of the vinyl box set; the right shows the CD box
set. Contains large thick booklet with plenty of band photos, history, and
lyrics, all housed in a glossy box. Limited pressing of 3000 hand-numbered
copies. Import from Poland.

"And The Forests Dream Eternally" contains three bonus tracks:
6. With Spell Of Inferno (Mefisto) (4:38)
7. Hidden In A Fog (5:13)
8. Sventevith (Storming Near The Baltic) (version '97) (5:15)

Both box sets contain the same releases as shown below except for the 5th
CD/vinyl. The 5th part of the box sets is a bonus live CD/vinyl, but the two
contain different live material.

The vinyl version of the live LP is called �Live In Toulouse + Rarities� that

1) Diableria (The Great Introduction) � Live
2) The Thousand Plagues I Witness �Live
3) Satan�s Sword (I Have Become) � Live
4) From The Pagan Vastlands � Live
5) Driven By The Five�Winged Star � Live
6) The Dark Triumph (originally appears on �The Return Of The Northern Moon�
demo 1992)
7) Cursed Angel Of Doom (originally appears on �Endless Damnation� rehearsal
demo tape 1992 E.V.)
8) Total Disaster (coversong of Destruction, released never before)
9) Freezing Moon (coversong of the true Mayhem, released never before)
10) Carnage (coversong of the true Mayhem, released never before)

The CD version of the live material is called "Live In Krakow" that contains:

1) Diableria (The Great Introduction) � Live (1:23)
2) Decade Of Therion � Live (3:18)
3) LAM � Live (4:06)
4) Satan�s Sword (I Have Become) � Live (4:31)
5) From The Pagan Vastlands � Live (2:58)
6) Driven By The Five�Winged Star � Live (5:36)
7) Chant For Echnaton 2000 � Live (6:44)
8) Pure Evil And Hate � Live (2:52)
9) Chwala Mordercom Wojciecha (997-1997 Dziesiec Wiekow Hanby) (1:11)
EP: Live In Toulouse (2002) Tracklist.
Comment: Originally released as separate MCD. Later re-released as
part of the vinyl box set "Historica".
DVD: The Art of Rebellion: Live (2002) Tracklist.
CD: Zos Kia Cultus (2002) Tracklist.
Comment: The name of the album is "Here and Beyond".
Also released in limited digipack edition with a video clip as a bonus (As
Above, So Below.)
EP: Conjuration (2003) Tracklist.
Comment: US version from Olympic Recordings (OLY 0235-2) contains additional live tracks
and cover artwork is gold. It is putted out as digipack, just like Regain
pressing. Limited Regain miniLP version also exists.
Full tracklist of US version:
1. Conjuration ov sleep daemons
2. Wish
3. Welcome to hell
4. Christians to the lions (live)
5. Decade ov therion (live)
6. From the pagan vastlands (live)
7. Antichristian phenomenon (live)
8. Lam (live)
9. Satan's sword (I have become) (live)
10. Chant for eskaton 2000 (live)
DVD: Crush.Fukk.Create: Requiem for Generation Armageddon (2004) Tracklist.
Comment: A double DVD release.

Disc 1:
Tracks 1-10: Live Pandemonium- Live at Party San Festival 2003
Tracks 11-17: Mother Khaoz on Stage - Live at Mystic Festival 2001
Tracks 18-19: Videoclips

Second disk contains documentory.
CD: Demigod (2004) Tracklist.
Comment: Demigod was released on Regain Records in Europe, Mystic Production in Poland,
Raven Music in Israel and Irond in Russia. A U.S. release is planned for early

Karl Sander of Nile contributes some guitar work on the album as a guest.

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