- Behemoth is a Polish, Black Metal, band that has been going strong since 1991. They deal with lyrical themes that dive deep into the darkest reaches of Satanism and Paganism. They are currently on Nuclear Blast Records, churning out fast and frightening music, sure to offend the weakest of souls.
I personally love this band. I was so happy when The Satanist came out in 2014, because I had pretty much forgotten all about them. I used to listen to them back in the day, mainly to piss off my parents. Then I started to appreciate their speed and brutality. Now I am a fan of everything from their vocal styling to their album art.
Cool facts from my favorite metal site The Metal Archives:
Nergal (Holocausto) and Baal Ravenlock (Sodomizer) called their band Baphomet first, but quickly changed the name for Behemoth, due to there being too many other bands with the name Baphomet at that time.
Krzysztof Azarewicz wrote many of the lyrics on the following albums: Satanica, Thelema.6, Zos Kia Cultus, Conjuration, Demigod, The Apostasy, and Evangelion.
In July 2007, the All-Polish Committee for Defence Against Sects distributed a list of bands that allegedly promote Satanism and murder to many Polish officials. Critics of this policy primarily see this as a violation of free speech, with the most scathing criticism generally emanating from within the metal community. As of now, the list has not gone into effect, and the band is still allowed to play in Poland freely.
In 2012 Łukasz Dunaj published a book titled “Konkwistadorzy diabła” (“Devil’s conquistadors”), which is Behemoth’s biography.
Metal Mind has also released a number of releases with Behemoth logo on them, but the band never authorized them. They are:
“Historica” box-set, the DVD edition of “Live Eschaton”, and the “Live in Toulouse” EP.