Poland’s blackened death metal titans, Behemoth, ripped through Philly’s Trocadero Theater last week headlining the American Decibel Magazine Tour 2012 and Blow The Scene was there to capture the show in photos for your viewing pleasure. This stellar showcase also included Watain, The Devil’s Blood, In Solitude, and Evoken and supported a packed house with generations of enthusiastic music lovers to share the experience.
Behemoth have been decimating stages around the world since their inception in 1991 and have a slew of renowned releases that span some of the most influential metal labels in the world, including MetalBlade, Nuclear Blast, and Century Media, to name just a few. The band was dealt a major setback in 2010 when singer/guitarist Adam “Nergal” Darski was diagnosed with advanced leukemia and the band was forced to cancel tours in support of their 2009 LP, Evangelion. By January of 2011, Nergal had undergone a bone marrow transplant and spent the early part of 2011 recovering from the illness and surgery. Nergal was able to pull through with a full recovery, as fans and friends were more than happy to receive word the band began writing towards a new album slated for a 2013 release and once again began touring.
Many, including members of the band, consider The Decibel Magazine Tour 2012 to be Behomoth‘s victorious return as front-runners in the metal world and this Trocadero performance only solidified this notion. Behemoth hit the stage larger than life in their ghoulish war paint and proceeded to rip through a set that spanned their 20-year career. You could feel the excitement and energy pouring from the band with a elevated sense of determination and clarity. Even following four great performances by the opening acts, Behemoth drew new life from the audience and propelled the evening towards an incredible zenith of emotion with a powerful delivery of technical death metal that was executed flawlessly. There is no question; Behemoth is a band that is here to stay and will continue to push the boundaries of extreme music. We will certainly be keeping a close eye on the band as they prepare material for a 2013 release.
This inaugural Decibel Magazine Tour was rounded out by Swedish black metal provocateurs Watain, Dutch prog mystics The Devil’s Blood, Swedish old-school occultists In Solitude, and New Jersey funeral doom metal band Evoken.
Our incredibly talented Senior Staff Photographer Dante Torrieri was on hand to deliver another amazing set of photos for your viewing pleasure.
Without further ado..
All photos by Dante Torrieri of Useless Rebel Imaging.
Words by Joshua T. Cohen