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Behemoth is a Polish blackened death metal band from Gdansk. They are considered to have played an important role in establishing the Polish extreme metal underground, alongside bands such as Vader, Decapitated, Vesania, and Hate. Over the years Behemoth has moved from traditional black metal into blackened death metal and then into modern death metal with each consecutive release.

The band was formed in 1991 as a trio, starting with raw and primitive black metal rehearsal tapes (Endless Damnation) and demos (The Return of the Northern Moon), the most significant of which was the second one—...From the Pagan Vastlands (1993)—showing the growing potential of the then teenage Nergal. Tomasz Wróblewski likes to announce that his metal influences sprung from Black Sabbath for giving him his ideas of "demonic" chords.

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BEHEMOTH albums / top albums

BEHEMOTH Sventevith (Storming Near the Baltic) album cover 3.28 | 13 ratings
Sventevith (Storming Near the Baltic)
Black Metal 1995
BEHEMOTH Grom album cover 3.89 | 14 ratings
Black Metal 1996
BEHEMOTH Pandemonic Incantations album cover 3.44 | 12 ratings
Pandemonic Incantations
Black Metal 1998
BEHEMOTH Satanica album cover 3.55 | 17 ratings
Death Metal 1999
BEHEMOTH Thelema.6 album cover 3.92 | 18 ratings
Death Metal 2000
BEHEMOTH Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond) album cover 3.59 | 20 ratings
Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond)
Death Metal 2002
BEHEMOTH Demigod album cover 4.19 | 33 ratings
Death Metal 2004
BEHEMOTH The Apostasy album cover 4.19 | 28 ratings
The Apostasy
Death Metal 2007
BEHEMOTH Evangelion album cover 3.71 | 25 ratings
Death Metal 2009
BEHEMOTH The Satanist album cover 4.16 | 21 ratings
The Satanist
Death Metal 2014
BEHEMOTH I Loved You at Your Darkest album cover 3.82 | 7 ratings
I Loved You at Your Darkest
Death Metal 2018

BEHEMOTH EPs & splits

BEHEMOTH And the Forests Dream Eternally album cover 3.57 | 3 ratings
And the Forests Dream Eternally
Black Metal 1995
BEHEMOTH Bewitching the Pomerania album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Bewitching the Pomerania
Black Metal 1997
BEHEMOTH And the Forest Dream Eternally / Forbidden Spaces album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
And the Forest Dream Eternally / Forbidden Spaces
Black Metal 1997
BEHEMOTH Antichristian Phenomenon album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Antichristian Phenomenon
Death Metal 2000
BEHEMOTH Conjuration album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Death Metal 2003
BEHEMOTH Slaves Shall Serve album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Slaves Shall Serve
Death Metal 2005
BEHEMOTH Ezkaton album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Death Metal 2008
BEHEMOTH Xiądz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Death Metal 2014

BEHEMOTH live albums

BEHEMOTH Crush.Fukk.Create: Requiem for Generation Armageddon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Crush.Fukk.Create: Requiem for Generation Armageddon
Black Metal 2004
BEHEMOTH At the Arena ov Aion - Live Apostasy album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
At the Arena ov Aion - Live Apostasy
Black Metal 2008
BEHEMOTH Live Barbarossa album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Barbarossa
Death Metal 2014
BEHEMOTH Live at the BBC album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at the BBC
Death Metal 2015

BEHEMOTH demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

BEHEMOTH Endless Damnation album cover 1.00 | 1 ratings
Endless Damnation
Black Metal 1992
BEHEMOTH Thy Winter Kingdom album cover 1.00 | 2 ratings
Thy Winter Kingdom
Black Metal 1993
BEHEMOTH The Return of the Northern Moon album cover 2.42 | 2 ratings
The Return of the Northern Moon
Black Metal 1993
BEHEMOTH ...From the Pagan Vastlands album cover 3.17 | 2 ratings
...From the Pagan Vastlands
Black Metal 1994

BEHEMOTH re-issues & compilations

BEHEMOTH Historica album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Black Metal 2003
BEHEMOTH Demonica album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Black Metal 2006
BEHEMOTH Abyssus Abyssum Invocat album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Abyssus Abyssum Invocat
Death Metal 2011
BEHEMOTH Xiądz / Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Xiądz / Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel
Death Metal 2014
BEHEMOTH Thy Winter Kingdom / ...from the Pagan Vastlands album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Thy Winter Kingdom / ...from the Pagan Vastlands
Black Metal 2015
BEHEMOTH Amen album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Death Metal 2017

BEHEMOTH singles (2)

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Death Metal 2009
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Death Metal 2013

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Album · 1999 · Death Metal
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"Satanica" is the 4th full-length studio album by Polish death metal act Behemoth. The album was released through Avantgarde Music in October 1999. It´s the successor to "Pandemonic Incantations" from 1998. There´s been one lineup change since "Pandemonic Incantations (1998)" as bassist "Mefisto" has jumped ship. Lead vocalist/guitarist Adam "Nergal" Darski plays the bass instead, while a new second guitarist has been added to the ranks in Leszek "L-Kaos" Dziegielewski. Drummer Zbigniew Robert "Inferno" Promiński completes the lineup.

Behemoth started out as a black metal act, but on "Pandemonic Incantations (1998)" they played a blackened death metal style, and "Satanica" sees them moving even further into death metal territory and away from their black metal past. In fact I don´t hear a single black metal trait on "Satanica". This is through and through a death metal release. Artists like Morbid Angel and Nile come to mind at various times during the album, but at this point Behemoth began to sound a little more distinct and forge an original style. The material on the 8 track, 35:11 minutes long album is predominantly fast-paced and technically well played death metal. It´s rooted in early 90s US death metal but it´s not old school in a derivative fashion. Nergal has a mighty roar and his intelligible growling vocal style is incredibly potent. He has a passionate aggressive edge to his growls that´s greatly enjoyable and it´s one of the great assets of "Satanica". In addition to the guitars, bass, drums, and vocals, the music also features some keyboards, but they are usually placed relatively low in the mix, and are predominantly used for atmosphere enhancement rather than as a lead instrument or as a symphonic element.

The material is generally well written too, although not that many tracks stand out. The playing is on a high level and although the sound production could have been better, it´s still a relatively powerful sound, which suits the material reasonably well. So "Satanica" is upon conclusion a quality death metal album by Behemoth, although the relatively one-dimensional nature of the material, and a sound production which could have been more defined and powerful, do slightly drag the rating for the album down. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is still deserved though, and it might even be a bit too low.

BEHEMOTH I Loved You at Your Darkest

Album · 2018 · Death Metal
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Polish trio Behemoth surely need no introduction, having been at the head of the black metal scene for well over 25 years. Given that bassist Orion is the new boy, and he has been there for 15 years, it is of no surprise that they all know what they are doing. Singer/guitarist Nergal has been there since the beginning, and is showing no sign at all of slowing down, while drummer Inferno is still bashing those skins as if his life depends on it. Mind you, there are times during the first real song, “Wolves Of Siberia”, where the snare seems to be a fraction behind where it needs to be, which gave me quite a cause for concern as I found it incredibly offputting.

Luckily the rest of the album doesn’t suffer from the same issues, as the band bring in both choral and orchestral elements to show that they understand their legacy yet are going to continue to drive forward. “I really wanted to redefine ourselves with this record”, Nergal explains. “’I Loved You At Your Darkest’ is a more dynamic record. It’s extreme and radical on one hand, but it’s also more rock-oriented than any other Behemoth record.” Nergal doesn’t view the heightened rock influence as a conscious creative decision so much as a renewed interest in the historical origins of the music he makes. “We don’t give consideration to musical direction, we simply create what naturally comes to us” he says. “But 15 years ago, if you had asked me who I thought was the best band on the planet, I probably would have said Mayhem or Morbid Angel. Today if you asked me, I’d say AC/DC. That should give you a clear indication of why this album is more rock-based. It all comes down to the song writing.”

The album title may also upset some people if they understood the origins as well. “It’s a verse from the Bible,” Nergal reveals. “It’s actually a quote from Jesus Christ himself. For Behemoth to use it as the basis of our record, it’s sacrilege to the extreme.” No strangers to controversy, Behemoth are back with an album that while not exactly essential, is still pushing all the buttons in the right place.

BEHEMOTH Sventevith (Storming Near the Baltic)

Album · 1995 · Black Metal
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After a series of several demos establishing themselves as one of Poland’s leading second wave black metal bands, BEHEMOTH released their debut album on Pagan Records in 1995. After several members coming and going during the demo years, SVENTEVITH (STORMING NEAR THE BALTIC) is basically the duo teamwork of Adam Darski AKA Negal (Black Emperor of Behemoth) on guitar, bass, vocals and Adam “Baal Ravenlock” Muaraszko AKA Lord of Iron Thorns on drums. The session musicians Cezar sat in on keyboards to provide the proper atmospheric touches. The album title SVENTEVITH is a variation of Svetovid, Svantovit or Sventovit which is a Slavic deity of war, fertility and abundance venerated on the island of Rügen in the 12th century and considered a variant of the pan-Slavic god Perun.

After existing as a trio for the debut EP “And The Forests Dream Eternally,” Nergal and Baal would shortly return with their full-length debut in April 1995 and deliver a Pagan oriented exploration through the atmospheric section of the black metal world. While clearly following the cue of the legions of Norwegian acts that had preceded them, BEHEMOTH was somewhat unique in that they incorporated various other sounds to the mix. For one there is a clear presence of classical guitar when acoustic sections are allowed to shine (most notably on the all acoustic “The Touch Of Nye” but find its presence emerge in unexpected places. There is in fact a lot more classical touches hiding beneath the thundering buzzsaw guitars and pummeling percussive blastbeats. Another interesting characteristic of SVENTEVITH are the clearly defined bass lines that don’t get buried under the muddy walls of distortion much like other black metal releases of the era. The bass often provides a melodic counterpoint.

The best quality of SVENTEVITH (STORMING NEAR THE BALTIC) is the diversity of the tracks. Some such as the opener “Chant Of The Eastern Lands” are clearly designed to tear the roof off the house while some like “Hidden In A Fog” provide a more polished atmospheric effect with choral vocals and jazzier drum rolls with a classically infused keyboard roll in the background. “The Touch Of Nya,” the atmospheric “Ancient” and the true closer “Hell Dwells In Ice” are non-metal cooling off periods that allow acoustic guitars and pianos provide frigid chill outs. While at first i thought it was strange that “Hell Dwells” sounded like the closing track and then followed by the black metal bombast of “Transylvanian Forest,” it all makes sense when you realize that the latter is basically a tack on track off an earlier EP. The track “Entering The Faustian Soul” combines both the acoustic driven background along with buzzsaw guitars and Nergal’s frantic vocal delivery. Melodic guitar solos are also present making this one a very easy to digest black metal listening adventure.

While BEHEMOTH would ultimately garner international attention for their unique mix of black and death metal beginning with 1999’s “Satanica,” their earliest albums found Nergal to have a knack for purer styles of the black metal sound. This is a balls to the wall black metal album with all the expected second wave elements including the incessant guitar attacks, percussive overdrive and Nergal’s raspy shrieked vocals, but what sticks out the most for me is the mature songwriting techniques that offer catchy hooks that are frostily covered by an atmospheric keyboard presence that adds a touch of ambient charm. The compositions seem to be written for classical guitar and then adapted to a more hellish black metal guitar setting. This is one that grew on me and a perfect example of an album not blowing me away by listening on the internet but sounded much better once i obtained the actual album on a remastered CD format. It has grown on me exponentially beyond my initial exposure and a stellar debut.

BEHEMOTH Evangelion

Album · 2009 · Death Metal
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Just think - had Nergal not been successful in his battle with leukemia, this could well have been the very last Behemoth album. Luckily, as things stand it was just the herald of a brief hiatus for the band that come to a close with the release in 2014 of The Satanist - an album which I feel probably benefited from them taking a bit of downtime, the years of recovery not only allowing Nergal to heal but also allowing the entire band to recharge their creative batteries. It's not that this is a bad album so much as this is exactly what we've come to expect from 2000s-era Behemoth - solid, technical blackened death metal delivered without too many surprises. It certainly scratches the itch, but the same's true of several of the preceding albums and it doesn't do much to make itself stand out.

BEHEMOTH And the Forests Dream Eternally

EP · 1995 · Black Metal
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After four demos BEHEMOTH finally released their first official EP in August, 1994. AND THE FORESTS DREAM ETERNALLY continued the band’s black metal fury and was released on the Entropy Productions label. The original 1994 release contained only five tracks but the remastered editions from 2005 on include three additional bonus tracks including “Version 97” of “Sventevith Storming Near The Baltic” which ironically is the title of their first full length release where it wasn’t included. Frost stuck around for the first EP after a demo but would soon bail after this was released leaving once again Nergal and Baal as the only official members.

It all starts with the squawking of crows and the sounds of nature before erupting into the second wave black metal fury of “Transylvanian Forest” which includes the usual highly caustic buzz saw guitar assault with Baal’s unique drumming techniques. The bass is subdued mixed into the guitars almost imperceptibly and Nergal’s vocal growls are wild and unhinged like a madman going off a tangent. The keyboard atmospheric embellishments found on the previous demos are mostly missing from this one and we get a stripped down straight black type of metal but there are atmospheric ambient intros and when the music slows down from full fury a slight haze can be heard in the background. There are at times full on Emperor type key assaults for short bursts of time.

This album is a lot more energetic than the demos. This is no longer black metal laziness bordering on doom metal. This is energetic, furious, bestial and brutal. Baal stepped up his drumming techniques significant despite being recognizable as his. While the album tends to drift on in a repetitive manner as most of the tracks sound very similar, there are a few tempo changes in various tracks as to give some break from the monotonous distortion. “Forgotten Empire Of Dark Witchcraft” is one of those tracks that has a the buzz saw distortion in the background with a clean guitar in front. Baal has almost a military march going on and the atmospheric wind howls add a nice touch.

All of the tracks on AND THE FORESTS DREAM ETERNALLY are performed quite competently and display a mature band that has entered the big boy’s arena in the black metal world. BEHEMOTH is credited for opening up the extreme metal world to their native Poland. The track “Pure Evil And Hate” is noteworthy as it’s a tribute to Bathory and is still played live as a closer at live gigs. In fact i would compare this EP to the sound of early Bathory. This early EP can be found as its own release or as a better deal on the 2003 5-CD boxed set “Historica” that covers the band’s black metal years before changing their sound on “Satanica.” While not one of their absolute best, this debut EP is a nice heavy slice of second wave black metal and the bonus tracks are nice welcome additions.

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