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We are continuing in the tradition to bring you key artists establishing extreme music scene as we know it today. BEHEMOTH is one of the most recognized extreme artists, which has outgrown its original black metal label to a monstrous extreme metal defined by its masive quitar sound, fast-track riffs, and fierce drumming. Their album "Thelema 6" already made a clear mark in the obscure mind of fans watching the success of this occult and thelemic-inspired band. In 2002, the album "Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond)" expanded on their musical craftsmanship and creative invention fuelled by the leader Nergal while their latest album "Demigod", released in 2004, came with an apocalyptic force unheard before. Crushing drumwork, layering vocals, and hyper-speed quitar riffs became a trademark for this influential band. Join us with BEHEMOTH at the Obscene Extreme to celebrate their July's 2007 release of the new highly anticipated album "The Apostasy"! BEHEMOTH will play together with ASSASSIN and DEBUSTROL during first night of the show!!!

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BEHEMOTH have always pushed the limits of their abilities and defied the boundaries of death and black metal. Now, the Polish metal kings have returned to rule on earth once more with Demigod! Originally formed by a teenage Nergal (guitars/vocals) in 1991, BEHEMOTH quickly made a name for themselves in black metal circles with four early cult albums: From The Pagan Vastlands, ...And The Forests Dream Eternally, Sventevith (Storming Near the Baltic) and Grom. But it wasn't until the release of Pandemonic Incantations, with the addition of Inferno (drums), that the band started to realize their true potential. Songs were catchier and the musicianship and production vastly improved. With Satanica, BEHEMOTH started to incorporate more of a death metal approach to their songwriting. The high, raspy, black metal screeches of the first four albums were replaced with a forceful yet audible death metal growl. Two successful European tours followed with Deicide and Satyricon as the band started to amass a rabid following. As the group built a name for themselves throughout Europe, they soon caught the ears of America's Olympic Recordings and were quickly signed. In 2001, Thelema.6 was released in the U.S. Truly a landmark in the extreme metal community, Thelema.6 saw the band combining their early black metal influences with the utter viciousness and technicality of Satanica. Now an unstoppable live force, touring opportunities with bands such as Nile and Morbid Angel began to pour in. For those who thought the band had reached their peak, nothing could prepare them for what came next. Zos Kia Cultus (Here And Beyond) was unleashed upon an unsuspecting North and South American audience in February of 2003. Recorded at Poland's Hendrix Studios, the album saw Behemoth set a new standard in massive production and song craft for all others to meet. The band had taken a slight turn away from the more straight ahead brutality of Thelema.6 and put more of an emphasis on groove. As rave reviews started to flow in, the group made its American live debut at the New Jersey March Metal Meltdown festival. The several extensive nationwide tours that followed (which included the likes of Deicide, Amon Amarth, Halford, Testament, Danzig, Superjoint Ritual, Opeth, Nile, Lacuna Coil, and Six Feet Under) and the release of the Conjuration EP, all helped make 2003 a breakthrough year for the band. Mixed by Daniel Bergstrand (Strapping Young Lad, Meshuggah, In Flames), Demigod is the next logical progression of the bands already colossal sound. The songs have taken on an even more aggressive feel this time around, with more traditional metal song structures and slightly more melodic lead work. From the bludgeoning opener "Sculpting the Throne ov Seth" to the epic closing track "The Reign ov Shemsu Hor," BEHEMOTH have once again managed to top themselves. In an effort to match the grandness of the composition, a professional male choir was brought in to record real vocal harmonies for "Sculpting the Throne ov Seth." Also worth noting is Karl Sanders' (Nile) soaring guest solo on the track "XUL." While most bands struggle to evolve and stay vital within the extreme music genre, BEHEMOTH manages to do so effortlessly. Experience why Metal Maniacs has said, "BEHEMOTH is poised to be the most-talked about extreme metal band!"


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