Extreme metal band formed in 1991 in Gdańsk, Poland. Began as a Black Metal band and transitioned into a Death Metal band. It was in 1991 that Behemoth was formed (initially as Baphometh) by frontman Nergal (Holocausto at that time). They released a few demos, "Endless Damnation", "The Return Of The Northern Moon" and "From The Pagan Vastlands". "From The Pagan Vastlands" being the demo that really showed what they wanted. They signed with an Italian company called Entropy Rec., and released their debut mini-album entitled "And the forests dream eternally" in 1994. A year later they recorded their first full-length "Sventevith (storming near the Baltic)". The album gave them the attention they wanted and they got a deal with the German Solistitium Rec., where they also recorded and released their second album "Grom," a very experimental album, which included female vocals, synths and acoustic guitar. They also finally did a European tour where they gained stage experience and a good reputation. In 1997 they did a split with Damnation, re-released "The Return Of The Northern Moon" and recorded their third album "Pandemonic Incantations," which featured a new drummer, Inferno. In 1998 they got a two album record deal with Italian Avantgarde Music. They released "Satanica" 1999 and it was a huge success and secured the band tour support to Deicide and Satyricon. In 2001 they released "Thelema.6" which gained them even more fame and led them to the European tour X-Mass Festivals, Wacken Open Air, With Full Force, Inferno Festival, Mystic Festival, Mind Over Matter etc.... In 2002 they started work on their 6th album. They gave it the title "Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond)". One of their most impressive albums to date (the band had spent almost 700 hours making it). And again, a lot of tours followed. In 2003 they released the EP "Conjuration". The music style on Thelema.6 and Zos Kia Cultus can be characterized as death metal with industrial unfluences. In 2007 band released "The Apostasy," which showed the further evolution of Behemoth's music style, and established the band's "visit card" - famous "blackened death metal" style. In 2009 band released "Evangelion," which was heavily supported with massive worldwide touring. In 2014 Behemoth released their 10th full-length album "The Satanist," which is also supported with worldwide touring, including the scandal-famous Russian Satanist tour. Current line-up: Adam "Nergal" Darski (guitars, vocals) Zbigniew Robert "Inferno" Promiński (drums, percussion) Tomasz "Orion" Wróblewski (bass) Patryk Dominik "Seth" Sztyber (guitar)
Considered to be one of the leading death metal bands to emerge from Poland in the 1990s, Behemoth have endured quite a few lineup shifts during their career (especially in the bass department), with founding singer/guitarist Nergal being the only constant member. Behemoth were formed during 1991 (originally as a trio), and began issuing several demos shortly thereafter, the most circulated one being 1993's From the Pagan Vastlands. The same year, Behemoth issued their debut release (via the Italian independent record label Entropy), And the Forests Dream Eternally. Two years later, the group released its first full-length recording, Sventevith, which received favorable reviews by the metal underground press. For 1996's Grom, Behemoth widened their musical vision by experimenting with acoustic guitars, synthesizers, and female vocalists, but all the while retained their brutal, extreme metal sound, leading to the group's inaugural full-on tour of Europe. Released in 1997, the three-track stopgap EP Bewitching the Pomerania proved to be the first recording to feature drummer Inferno, who would soon become a driving force (and permanent fixture) in Behemoth.
Their fifth release overall, Pandemonic Incantations, was issued a year later in 1998, as Behemoth continued to average at least one lineup change per release. Behemoth's last release as a trio (and first for new label Avantgarde), 1999's Satanica, continued to expand the group's following among the black metal masses, as Behemoth secured supporting slots on two separate tours with leading bands of the genre: Deicide and Satyricon. Behemoth's first release of the 21st century, 2000's Thelema.6, saw the group's lineup expand to four members for the first time, as newcomers Novy (bass) and Havoc (guitar) signed on with stalwarts Nergal and Inferno. The album proved to be the first of the group's career to receive worldwide distribution (issued in the U.S. a year after its initial release), and also featured Nergal collaborating lyrically with outsider Krzysztof Azarewicz. Behemoth embarked on their most substantial tour yet, playing shows alongside the likes of Morbid Angel and Nile, and even launched a few headlining tours on their own. In 2002, a home video/DVD was issued (recorded in their homeland of Poland), The Art of Rebellion: Live. Zos Kia Cultus followed a year later and was supported by a world tour including, for the first time, the United States. Demigod landed at the beginning of 2005, with The Apostasy arriving in 2007. Ezkaton was an EP released in 2008, and featured a handful of studio cuts along with some live tracks. It was followed in 2009 by the full-length Evangelion.