BEHEMOTH Frontman to Endorse Energy Drink; Band to Begin Rehearsals for New Album

BEHEMOTH frontman Nergal has announced that he will be endorsing Demon Energy Drink. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the DKMS foundation. The DKMS foundation raises awareness and funds to benefit those diagnoses with various forms of blood cancer. For more information, and to find out how to get involved, please visit dkmsamericas.org.

Nergal comments on his endorsement: “Well, I decided to accept the offer to be a face of this energy drink called Demon. I’ve never been much of a fan of such drinks but I loved the idea behind it… the whole campaign is strongly connected with DKMS foundation (the one that found a bone marrow donor for myself). The percentage of sales will be donated to the foundation and will make this whole business worthwhile for me. Besides, I loved the name and a logo…so why the fuck not?”

There continues to be more great news from the Behemoth camp. The band has announced that they will begin rehearsals for their next album in September, following their performances at several European festivals over the next two weeks. Additionally, the band will embark on a tour of Eastern Europe in the fall. More tour dates and news regarding brand new music from Behemoth will be released as it becomes available.

Nergal elaborates on the upcoming tour dates: “This is what I call the perfect ending of a touring cycle. Finally, we are arriving in Eastern European and South American shores this fall. I know it’s been ages…and I know there’ve been legions waiting for us…on behalf of the band I must say though: the wait is over; we are coming back rejuvenated and hungry! See you all very soon!”

BEHEMOTH Releases “Lucifer” Making-of Video

BEHEMOTH and production company Grupa 13 recently collaborated for the video for the song, “Lucifer,” off of the band’s latest, Evangelion. The video was shot in Wroclaw, Poland and stars the song’s guest vocalist, Maciej Malenczuk. The video is currently being edited and will see a worldwide premiere in September.

BEHEMOTH frontman, Nergal, comments: “It’s crazy. The making of video is 10 minutes long and you watch it like it was 3 minutes… it’s so intense and still, doesn’t look like anything we’ve done before! ‘Lucifer‘ was a huge artistic challenge and I managed to create a VERY unique atmosphere. Watch and enjoy while waiting for the final result. The video’s gonna fuckin’ slay!”

The making-of video can be seen below.

BEHEMOTH Vocalist/Guitarist Nergal Released from Hospital

We are happy and relieved to inform you, that BEHEMOTH vocalist/guitarist Nergal left the hematology division of Uniwersyteckie Centrum Kliniczne (UCK) in Gdansk on Monday, January 17th, four weeks after he underwent a bone marrow transplant procedure. Below you can find his comment:

“Hey! What’s up! At last – one could say. After almost half a year of treatment in various hospitals, several cycles of chemotherapy, irradiation and a bone marrow transplant, I have been finally released home in a pretty fuckin’ good condition. I’m feeling ok, taking the intensity of treatment under consideration. That was not an easy period of my life, but, as I envisioned, I left the hospital victorious. I never considered any other options, but anyway, there were rough moments too… At this point I must express my thanks to the people who made all of those downs fairly bearable. My parents – thank you. You deserve a monument for all your love and patience. Dorotka, thank you for your heroic attitude, love and support. I can’t forget Doda’s fans, who made a gigantic effort for me and other ill people. You rule! Absolutely fantastic BEHEMOTH fans from all over the world were organizing various events to make people aware of what leukemia is. To all of you out there – my deepest respect! Thank you – the real heroes – Prof. Hellmann, Dr. Piekarska, Dr. Knopinska, Doc. Giebel, Prof. Ho?owiecki and all the nurses of the hematology division of the Medical Academy in Gdansk and the Oncology Clinic in Gliwice for all the professionalism and great hearts. My band mates for all the friendship and never-ending support. All my friends for sticking to me throughout the whole period of my illness. The list is too long to mention you all, but remember, you have special place in my heart.”

Nergal will now go through a recovery which will last for several months. During this time he will stay in his flat in one of the Gdansk’s districts.

“Although the whole treatment went really good, as well as the bone marrow transplant and the post-transplant period, the next several months is the time when I must really take care of myself. Of course I will have plenty of time to recover, think about the strategy and my return to the stage – which approaches imminently (laughs). First of all however I must rebuild my physical condition… apart from that, I hunger for playing, I haven’t been playing the guitar for a half of year now! Really much to catch up, but also a huge motivation and a desire to work again at the same time. This year will be a really important one for me and the band!”

BEHEMOTH’s Nergal Checks in from the Hospital: Bone Marrow Donor Found

BEHEMOTH frontman, Nergal, reports in from the hospital to give us an update on his Leukemia treatments thus far.

“Hello, everyone! I’m still in the hospital but in quite a good shape so I write to let you know about my health and the further stages of treatment. I’ve been through four planned chemotherapies and have stayed in hospital for over 3 months now. I’ve gone through the whole therapy smoothly, though I also had a couple of difficult moments. All this means I have finished the stage of pharmacological treatment and I am about to start the irradiation and then the marrow transplant. Yes, we’ve found a donor! Having searched for months, the foundation has found a person whose genotype is identical to mine. It would have been difficult to achieve if it wasn’t for the support of so many people. Most of all, I want to express my admiration for Dorota – my wonderful and devoted fiancée. She did everything she could to help me and many other people, regardless of adversities and comments which were often unfair. Your help is invaluable! Thank you! I love you. On behalf of me and all other people ill I thank everyone who registered in the bone marrow bank regardless of origin, skin colour or religion. The concerts for charity have been organized all over the world and people of show business, bands and, most of all, the fans got deeply involved. You are beyond great! One of you made my transplant possible, but remember, your attitude may save many others in need. So I appeal to everyone: don’t stop the madness! The march for victory continues! Horns up!”

Nergal was diagnosed with Leukemia this past July and has been undergoing treatment in Poland since then.

In other BEHEMOTH news, the third and final teaser for Evangelia Heretika, the forthcoming DVD from BEHEMOTH, can be viewed below.

BEHEMOTH Frontman, Nergal, Diagnosed with Leukemia; Seeking Marrow Transplant

Poland’s BEHEMOTH have confirmed that recently announced tour cancellations have been due to bandleader, Nergal, having been diagnosed with leukemia. Nergal is in need of a marrow transplant to combat the sickness.

In light of this he wants to remind everyone about the need to be on the marrow registry. The more people get tested and donate, the more of a chance for life there is for him and people in the same situation.

The following statement was released by Metal Blade Records with information regarding the disease:

BEHEMOTH and Metal Blade would like to thank everyone for their support and well wishes during this difficult time. The best thing we can all do right now is learn about the marrow donation process, not only help save one of metal’s leaders, but to also help save countless others out there struggling with the same disease.

“To learn more about how you can register to donate marrow check out:
http://www.marrow.org/

“Fans wanting to help out, register for the marrow program, or have questions on running a marrow drive may contact the organization Music Saves Lives by email at [email protected] or visit Music Saves Lives at http://www.musicsaveslives.org/

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 – 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 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 Frontman Reflects on Successful Year, Future Plans

BEHEMOTH frontman, Nergal, issued an announcement reflecting upon the band’s successful year and upcoming plans:

“It feels great to finally be back in Poland especially after spending the last eight months intensely touring across almost every corner of the globe. I’m very proud and satisfied at the same time: our live activities have never been so splendorous and prestigious. Now we’re going to enjoy a well deserved two week vacation before we hit the shores of Australia and New Zealand.

“We just completed our first co-headlining tour in the U.S. The Radio Rebellion tour was nothing but massive success. It was a real honor to share the stage with one of the best extreme metal acts in the scene now. Canada’s BENEATH THE MASSACRE, France’s GOJIRA and America’s JOB FOR A COWBOY were not just awesome bands but also the nicest people to hang out and work with. It made this tour so much better. I’d never guessed this bill could pull so many people pretty much everywhere. It’s a great reward for all these crazy years of working our asses off and pushing so hard. I’m so happy we finally managed to bring bigger production, all the new stage gear, lights, backdrops so finally people could get a taste of what the definitive BEHEMOTH performance should look like. Seeing big smiles on those people’s faces every night they were leaving the venue assured me we did a good fuckin’ job. I’ve also noticed that a big part of the crowd coming to the shows have been younger. Seems like there’s whole new generation of people discovering extreme metal and it feels very refreshing. We wanna thank everyone who came down to the show. You made this tour one of the brightest moments of both, our career and life.

“This past year was probably the craziest year in my life. All the things would be happening at the same time: making of the record, all the technical and logistic problems, moving in to the new apartment, politicians trying to ban us in Poland and all the touring that started before the record was even finished. We’ve been working so fuckin’ hard, there was more stress and nerves involved that ever. But at the same time I can’t say we didn’t have fun. We did. Sometimes maybe even too much, ha ha…in the end of the day, it was all worth it.

“It’s also extremely satisfying to see The Apostasy outselling Demigod only a few months after its release. I’m still so fuckin’ stoked that people loved the record that was even more extreme, diverse and technical than anything we’ve done before. Seems like everyone (fans, media, critics) really took notice and appreciate all the giant work we invested. All I can say is that it only encourages us to work even harder in the future. We have a very demanding schedule for next year and I advice you to sit tight and wait for some very exciting news coming early next year. There are some major plans in the works to create a perfect set up for our future activities.

“There’s definitely going to be more touring next year. We’ll be doing second European leg with KATAKLYSM and we’ll visit all the markets we didn’t make last time. We are also coming back to U.S. for another big tour around March. We’ll be touring South America and possibly Japan (cross fingers!) in the spring. From there on we should take a long break, doing only off shows and occasional festivals. Next year we’re going to focus on the next DVD, EP and new album. We already have some sick ideas but its way to early to reveal any details yet. You just have to wait and be surprised!”

The band recently posted a video documenting their recent touring mayhem here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UD_I4kzsN_g

Additionally, BEHEMOTH, recently completed a new video for the track “Prometherion” from The Apostasy, which was directed by Soren (ALL THAT REMAINS, UNEARTH).  Watch the clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGsP2E8N2CQ