Today, Metal Blade Records is very pleased to unleash Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors to the masses. Written by Lukasz Dunaj, the gorgeous, meticulously-designed 490-page, hardcover tome takes an in-depth look at the history of the events that materially influenced the band, their music, their ultimate rise to the upper echelon of metal and becoming a household name in their native homeland of Poland. Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors includes quotes and anecdotes from current and former Behemoth members as well as interviews with Tomas Krajewski, Rob Darken, Graal, Havok, vintage, never-before-seen photos, flyers, lyric sheets and so much more.
Said vocalist/guitarist Nergal, “Behemoth’s biography is out now on Metal Blade Records! It took us years to complete this project. It includes hundreds of rare photos and has ‘The Satanist’ chapter too! Beautifully packaged with a thick cover! Hope you will all dig it… It’s a crucial part of my life here written in 500 pages!”
Following last week’s teaser from Revolver Magazine, today Loudwire revels in the book’s release with additional excerpts, this time revisiting the …From The Pagan Vastlands demo photo shoot where Nergal nearly burned his face off.
Behemoth is currently waging their infernal odes upon the ears of North America on a co-headlining tour with legendary death metal practitioners/labelmates, Cannibal Corpse. The month-long takeover continues to stampede across the country and level nearly three-dozen cities upon its conclusion on March 7th in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Support comes from two of Sweden’s finest metal exports: Aeon and Tribulation. Said OC Weekly of the band’s stunning stage set up, “Behemoth‘s The Satanist-themed ritualistic performance demonstrated years of perfecting the craft of ceremonious metal. The band’s Middle Eastern influences were decorated as serpents emerged from microphone stands. The minimal white light and red beams emanated the Toxic Vision designed stage clothes and demonic face paint priming fans for a sacrificial feast. The nefarious trappings were meticulously planned for an entire experience, leaving fans filled with skepticism, fear, awe, invigoration and arousal.” The Dallas Observer notes, “BEHEMOTH’s credo is the power of the will, and it completely permeates their live show… On a starkly lit stage filled with cast-iron ritualistic symbols, vocalist and guitarist Nergal lurched around with the ease of a seasoned performer. He held the audience in his hand, and his performance alone made it plain why BEHEMOTH’s live show is so renowned,” while SoCalMusic Today adds, “BEHEMOTH pulled off a dark masterpiece of epic proportions. The stench of incense burning overtook the venue… the mighty BEHEMOTH made a grand entrance as guitarist Seth and bass player Orion took their places on a platform on each side of the stage as Nergal wearing a hooded robe slowly walked out to the center mic stand with flaming stakes in each hand as the band blasted into ‘Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer’ as an invigorated Nergal shouted ‘doesn’t it feel good to be alive?’ In white face-paint, Nergal looked as sinister as ever and sounded spot on – you would never know this was a person who a mere four years ago battled leukemia and won.”
BEHEMOTH w/ Cannibal Corpse, Aeon, Tribulation [remaining dates]
2/24/2015 The Phoenix – Toronto, ON
2/25/2015 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
2/27/2015 House of Blues – Boston, MA
2/28/2015 Webster Hall – New York, NY
3/01/2015 Theater Of The Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
3/02/2015 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
3/03/2015 The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
3/05/2015 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
3/06/2015 Janus Landing – Tampa, FL
3/07/2015 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors is out today via Metal Blade Records.
“If, as a cultural anthropologist, I were to point to a single cosmic force which BEHEMOTH’s music expresses, I would name it not Satan but Dionysus. A deity that represents not only the intoxicating influence of cosmic energies and earthly benefits, but also their benevolent healing properties. A deity of strength and pride. A deity of creative might.” — Krzysztof Azarewicz
Live photo by BTS senior photographer Dante Torrieri taken from our exclusive Metal Alliance Tour photo gallery