BEHEMOTH’s Evangelion Number 1 in Poland Three Weeks in a Row

Metal Blade Records is proud to announce that BEHEMOTH are still dominating charts worldwide with their latest full-length release Evangelion, which was released on August 11. Evangelion has now entered its fourth week in the Polish music charts coming in at the #1 spot three weeks in a row and one week at the #2 spot, just behind Michael Jackson.

Guitarist/vocalist Adam “Nergal” Darski comments: “It’s unheard of. Evangelion is storming the charts in Poland and we’ve been three weeks in row number one selling record in our home country. How insane is that? If someone had told me this few months ago I would have never believed that this conservative country can embrace us so much. Things are changing. And it feels good. I’m grateful and happy that people dig this record so much…again, I want to thank everyone who picked up his copy of Evangelion. It means a lot!”

Evangelion‘s first week worldwide chart numbers:
Poland: #2
Finland: #17
Austria: #45
Germany: #59
Switzerland: #88
Netherlands: #5 (Indie Charts)

USA:
#56 Billboard Top 200
#5 Billboard Hard Music Albums
#6 Billboard Independent Albums

Canada:
#61 Top 200 Current Albums
#6 Independent Chart
#10 Hard Music Chart

In other BEHEMOTH news, the video for “Ov Fire and the Void” continues to create controversy. The band’s new video has recently been banned from MTV meaning metallers will not be able to catch the epic video on Headbangers Ball. Luckily for metalheads everywhere, the irreverent and thought provoking new video filmed by Grupa 13 in Poland, the same people behind BEHEMOTH‘s last video At the “Left Hand Ov God,” can be viewed here.

BEHEMOTH’s “Ov Fire and the Void” Video Banned from YouTube

“The most evil video ever,” as described by Metal Injection, has been banned from YouTube. Said video, BEHEMOTH‘s “Ov Fire and the Void,” is a graphic yet highly polished visual accompaniment to an already evil song. The video was filmed by Grupa 13 in Poland, who were also behind the band’s last video, “At the Left Hand Ov God“.

Frontman Nergal commented, “We are proud and we are satisfied. This is our life’s work and we are happy to finally get it out to people. Watch and enjoy!”

Check out the uncensored video below:

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The track is from BEHEMOTH‘s latest album, Evangelion, which drops tomorrow, August 11th, in North America. Check out the APESHIT review of Evangelion: http://www.apeshit.org/reviews/behemoth-evangelion/

BEHEMOTH – Evangelion

Since their blackened inception in the early 90s, it must be said that BEHEMOTH bandleader Nergal‘s (a.k.a. Adam Darski) dogged determination is–at this point–beyond question. In a genre awash with blasting, technical death metal, the plain-as-day fact is that BEHEMOTH are at the top of the heap…and on top of their game.

While that game is crowded, indeed, Nergal and Co. put so much thought into their art–yes, I’m calling death metal “art”–that their unmatched superiority is nearly impossible to deny. Evangelion drives this point home yet again, inserting a well-deserved cerebral center into an often bull-headed genre. Anchored by the inhuman drumming of Robert “Inferno” Prominski and the subtly effective bass playing of Tomasz “Orion” Wróblewski, the arrangements of Evangelion cleverly weave their spell around the listener, incorporating both hyperblast and mid-pace to their best advantage.

Indeed, it’s this instinctive tempo change which lends Evangelion its own unique flow; something which definitely serves to set itself apart from the single-mindedness which marred its predecessors, 2007’s The Apostasy and 2004’s Demigod. Nergal‘s ever-present emphasis on atmosphere also elevates Evangelion above so many of death metal’s also-rans; though admittedly the album’s headache-inducing blast sections can get to become incessant after a while, resulting in a certain numbness overall.

While it’s easy to be skeptical of merits within the clinical, Pro-Tooled death metal of the modern day, Evangelion‘s merciless might–to paraphrase a certain Mr. Perry–doesn’t stop believin’…and rarely lets up throughout its forty-five minute running time. BEHEMOTH sets the bar, and sets the benchmark. (Metal Blade)

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BEHEMOTH Posts First Single Off Evangelion

BEHEMOTH, who have set Evangelion as the title of the band’s ninth hell-breaking opus, have just posted a brand new track and the first single off the band’s August release on their official MySpace page. Head over to www.myspace.com/behemoth now to listen to the track “Ov Fire and the Void” off Evangelion and while you’re there be sure to check out video footage of the band during the recording process as well as upcoming tour dates.

Evangelion was recorded in the band’s hometown at Radio Gdansk studio with longtime sound engineer Malta, the Wieslawscy Brothers, and Daniel Bergstrand (drum engineering) in the producers’ chairs. Evangelion was mixed in Miloco Studios by Colin Richardson and will be unleashed in the US on August 11th via Metal Blade Records and in Europe on August 9th via Nuclear Blast.

In support of the band’s 9th full-length studio album Evangelion, BEHEMOTH will be touring on what is sure to be this summer’s largest and most bone crushing metal festival; The Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival with mighty SLAYER and MARILYN MANSON as co-headliners. BEHEMOTH will be conquering the Hot Topic stage alongside label mates CANNIBAL CORPSE, THE BLACK DHALIA MURDER, JOB FOR A COWBOY and WHITECHAPEL, on over 25 dates this summer so make sure to catch the masters of blackened death metal live when they come to a city near you.

http://www.behemoth.pl

http://www.myspace.com/behemoth

BEHEMOTH Name New Album Evangelion

BEHEMOTH have set Evangelion as the title of their 9th full-length studio album due out this summer. Evangelion marks the follow up to the bands extremely successful 2007 release The Apostasy; a release which saw BEHEMOTH acquire the supporting slot to second stage headliners HATEBREED on Ozzfest, followed by a co-headlining tour with JOB FOR A COWBOY and another North American tour as direct support to DIMMU BORGIR.

Frontman Nergal comments: “I’ve had this title in my head for almost a year now and it grew on me. It sounds nothing but powerful and epic which perfectly mirrors the essence of the new album. Evangelion comes from a Greek word ‘Spreading the word of God’ or ‘spreading the good news’…oh well, you already know that we love to play with the meanings and symbolism. We’re here to show you our interpretation of what Evangelion really is.”

As previously reported, BEHEMOTH will be participating in this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. BEHEMOTH will be on the Hot Topic stage alongside CANNIBAL CORPSE, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, and more.

Check out the following sites for all the latest BEHEMOTH info including tour dates:
http://www.behemoth.pl
http://www.myspace.com/behemoth

BEHEMOTH Taps Colin Richardson to Mix New Album

Poland’s BEHEMOTH has tapped Colin Richardson (MACHINE HEAD, SLIPKNOT, NAPALM DEATH, CARCASS) to mix their new, as of yet untitled album due out late summer 2009. The CD is now being recorded in Radio Gdansk in Poland with BEHEMOTH, Daniel Bergstrand and Woytek, and Slawek Wieslawscy as producers.

BEHEMOTH‘s main man Nergal issued the following statement: “I’m beyond excited about this new album. It’s not just the finest piece of music we’ve ever made, but it’s also the most mature tunes we’ve created without compromising our sound. I’m stoked about Colin Richardson involvement in the mix of the record. We’ve tried to book him for our last album The Apostasy, but due to busy schedule he wasn’t available then. He’s name needs no introduction. I have absolutely no doubts that Colin will deliver and I’m expecting new album to have the sound that’s bigger than life!”

Commented Colin: “Nergal has sent me three songs which are guitars/bass/drums live from the rehearsal room and the material sounds fantastic already. I am really looking forward to mixing this album. It’s going to be great mixing an extreme heavy band again, especially as it’s the mighty BEHEMOTH.”

Visit the band’s MySpace page for more photos of BEHEMOTH recording the new album: http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewPicture&friendID=71317847&albumId=2581819

BEHEMOTH – Ezkaton

BEHEMOTH can attribute their success and huge surge in popularity due to the fact that they are probably the hardest working band in extreme music today – as they tour relentlessly, and constantly put out albums. Much like the Conjuration and Slaves Shall Serve EPs, Ezkaton is a short teaser that does its job in pounding your face in the shortest amount of time possible. Ezkaton offers a re-recording of one of their most popular songs, a previously unreleased track, two covers, and of course, a few live tracks to satiate your thirst until the next BEHEMOTH full length is complete.

Chant for Ezkaton 2000” was already a classic when BEHEMOTH recorded the original version on Satanica, but has now been sped up to “live” speed, and re-recorded with cleaner production; a nice way to start the EP and segue into the new track, “Qadosh.” Fresh off the Apostasy sessions, “Qadosh” is intense, catchy, and would have fit nicely with the other Apostasy tracks. However, BEHEMOTH decided to tease and put the track on Ezkaton instead. The Polish war machine decided to pay tribute to MASTER HAMMER‘s classic, “Jama Pekel,” and executed it with the perfect amount of aggression. The next cover, “I’m Not Jesus,” is an interesting choice, as THE RAMONES is not an obvious pick in most metal circles, but BEHEMOTH have chosen unorthodox covers before, such as their NINE INCH NAILS cover of “Wish” on the Conjuration EP. Take it or leave it, as the EP rounds out with 3 nice choices of live tracks. Usually live tracks on CD sound horrible, but these tracks sound quite decent. “From the Pagan Vastlands” is a nice choice, as newer BEHEMOTH fans may not have heard their older classics before, and “Chant for Ezkaton” rears its head again, only this time in live form. While the band gets sloppy at times during their live performances, the energy they give off outweighs this minor detail. The Ezkaton artwork and layout is packaged exquisitely and should tide fans over until the next tour and album. (Metal Blade Records)

KEEP OF KALESSIN: Kolossal Ascension

Norwegian black metallers KEEP OF KALESSIN‘s outstanding last album Armada positioned the band to take it a step higher.  With a new label home in Nuclear Blast Records and new album in Kolossus, KEEP OF KALESSIN have their sights set on becoming the next big band from Norway.  APESHIT caught up with the band (sans drummer Vyl) right before their set in Anaheim, CA opening for BEHEMOTH and DIMMU BORGIR to talk about their ambitions, the process of creating Kolossus, and continuing the legacy of Norwegian black metal.

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BEHEMOTH Prepares For DIMMU BORGIR Tour; Shoots New Video

Poland’s BEHEMOTH are set to make their much anticipated return to North America this spring on “The Invaluable Darkness Tour Part 2” as direct support to DIMMU BORGIR. The month-long trek, which kicks off on April 2nd, also features KEEP OF KALESSIN in the support slot and marks BEHEMOTH’s third stateside run in support of The Apostasy.

Nergal (vocals, guitars) states: “We’ve always been big DIMMU fans, plus I’ve known the guys since early 90’s and we’ve remained friends ever since. Silenoz (DIMMU BORGIR guitarist) and I have been thinking about putting together this package for a long time now. The idea was to create the most lethal bill and bring evil back to States! For BEHEMOTH it’s gonna be the last tour of North American for The Apostasy touring cycle. I’m stoked. I’m more than sure that fans will totally dig this package. We’ve got some surprises ready for this event, so hopefully you are all ready for it. See you all there.

“We just finished shooting a video for another song from The Apostasy. Picking ‘At The Left Hand Ov God’ as our next single seemed to be a natural choice. We wanted to do something new and refreshing. This is the most epic clip we’ve ever done. Darek Szczepanski from Group 13, a company based in Wroclaw, Poland, was in charge for the production. We had 20 people working for us for two days, 15 hours straight. Sit tight and get ready for something huge and disturbing!”

BEHEMOTH w/DIMMU BORGIR, KEEP OF KALESSIN:
04/02 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
04/03 Metropolis – Montreal, QC (w/NECRONOMICON)
04/04 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
04/05 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
04/07 The Myth – St. Paul, MN
04/09 Edmonton Events Center – Edmonton, AB
04/10 MacEwan Ballroom – Calgary, AB
04/11 The Big Easy – Spokane, WA
04/12 Roseland Theatre – Portland, OR (w/HEAVEN SHALL BURN)
04/14 The Warfield – San Francisco, CA
04/16 The Grove – Anaheim, CA
04/17 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
04/18 Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
04/19 Ogden Theater – Denver, CO
04/21 Stubbs BBQ – Austin, TX
04/22 Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
04/24 Mr. Smalls Theatre – Millvale, PA
04/25 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
04/26 The Palladium – Worcester, MA (New England Metalfest)
04/27 930 Club – Washington, DC
04/28 NorVA – Norfolk, VA
04/30 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
05/01 Jannus Landing – St. Petersburg, FL
05/02 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
05/03 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
05/04 House of Blues – Chicago, IL

DIMMU BORGIR Announce Spring Tour with BEHEMOTH, KEEP OF KALESSIN

In support of their Billboard Top 200-charting album In Sorte Diaboli, Norway’s renowned melodic black metal band, DIMMU BORGIR, will be returning to North America as part of “The Invaluable Darkness Tour Part 2 – Legions Of The Chosen Few” headlining run with Poland’s BEHEMOTH and fellow countrymen, KEEP OF KALESSIN. The 24-show trek will launch on April 2nd in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and will end on May 4th in Chicago. Drummer Tony Laureano will continue to handle drum duties, as the 2007 injury suffered by Hellhammer still has him sidelined.

DIMMU BORGIR with BEHEMOTH and KEEP OF KALESSIN:

04/02/08 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON – CANADA
04/03/08 Metropolis – Montreal, QC – CANADA
04/04/08 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
04/07/08 The Myth – Minneapolis, MN
04/09/08 Edmonton Events Center – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
04/10/08 Macewan Ballroom – Calgary, AB – CANADA
04/11/08 The Big Easy – Spokane, WA
04/12/08 Roseland Theatre – Portland, OR
04/14/08 The Warfield – San Francisco, CA
04/16/08 The Grove – Anaheim, CA
04/17/08 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
04/18/08 Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
04/19/08 Ogden Theater – Denver, CO
04/21/08 Stubbs BBQ – Austin, TX
04/22/08 Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
04/25/08 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
04/26/08 The Palladium (New England Metal Fest) – Worcester, MA
04/27/08 930 Club – Washington, DC
04/28/08 The Norva – Norfolk, VA
04/30/08 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
05/01/08 Jannus Landing – St. Petersburg, FL
05/02/08 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
05/03/08 Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
05/04/08 House of Blues – Chicago, IL