“It doesn’t get more blasphemous than this”
It’s here! The legions of us metal heads have been waiting for the death metal powerhouse that is Behemoth to release their 11th album ‘I Loved You at Your Darkest’, and by god does it sure as hell deliver!
The band are a pillar of metal worldwide, and they continue to kick down doors and push their limits with every release. This is why we cannot wait to have the Polish titans hit our shores next year. With unparalleled international acclaim, there is no doubt that their live show offering will be out of this world. It is said this release is the most epic and vicious sound they have ever delivered, and going off the fact that our minds have been blown out of our skulls since listening, we tend to agree.
Where has this band emerged from though? For the uninitiated, let’s take a quick glance at Behemoth's epic history.
Behemoth base themselves in Gdańsk which is a Polish city on the Baltic coast. The band consists of lead vocalist and lyrical mastermind Nergal, Inferno, the drummer who has the reigns of the charismatic drum cannonades and Orion who dominates the bass and backing vocals. Their success spans across 11 studio albums, 7 EPs, multiple world headline tours and many prestigious festivals (bring on Download 2019!). They produced their new album themselves, and the general word is that it’s more dynamic and dominant than anything they’ve created previously.
1991 – 2000
Where did it all start though? Well, deep in the lower floors of their local high school, Behemoth were born in 1991. At that point in time they were called Baphomet, and they recorded their first demo Endless Damnation. From here, they birthed 3 more EPs with their fourth, From The Pagan Vastlands, being picked up by a record label and taken to the masses.
They quickly made a bigger name for themselves as they churned out 2 albums by 1996, and by their third - Pandemonic Incantations - their blackened death sound was well and truly established and they had a wide array of fans foaming at the mouth thanks to the chaos they were creating.
By the end of the 90s they had taken their dark sounds enriched with death to the world as they released Satanica and Thelema.6. Their live show infiltrated markets abroad and it was clear that it was only a matter of time until Behemoth would become a staple of the genre.
2001 – 2009
Six albums down, the band would consistently sell out tours Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Norway. It wasn’t until March 2003 that they made their debut onto the American stage, with shows across the US and Canada, stunning crowds with every show they crushed. This experience was brought downunder for the first time in 2006, establishing a love affair with us and returning in 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2015.
In 2007 the band were criminally charged by the Polish government for ‘tearing up a bible on stage’ \m/
This didn’t stop the carnage though, and by mid 2009 they had released two more albums including their 9th album Evangelion, which is one our personal favourites.
2010 – 2016
It was in 2010 that leader singer Nergal was diagnosed with advanced leukemia and as such the band were forced to cancel all upcoming shows whilst he took to his battle. After a bone marrow transplant and several months recovery, Nergal obliterated the cancer, and the band triumphantly returned to the stage in 2012. They followed up this incredible milestone with the release of their 10th studio album The Satanist in May 2013.
Behemoth at Wacken Open Air 2014. Photo: Jonas Rogowski
The band stated hinting at a new album in early 2017. Little did we all know that they would begin recording in November that year.
Over the years, we’ve become accustomed to the band pushing the boundaries and being merchants of sin, and for second time in 2017 they were charged by the Polish government for wearing the Polish coat of arms on a merchandise t-shirt \m/
The latest flag jammed in ground on their impeccable journey comes today with the release of ‘I Loved You At Your Darkest’. For us, it’s honestly some of the most epic and vicious sounds we’ve heard from Behemoth, and it just has us chomping at the bit, ready for March 2019. Hear it for yourself!
We look forward to welcoming their sacrilege with open arms at Download Australia!
Better go get ya ticket eh?