An Evening With Behemoth In San Francisco, California – November 23rd, 2018

Almighty black and death metal legends Behemoth tore up the stage at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco Friday night, November 23. This was my first time seeing the Polish Satanic-lyrical themed powerhouse. I knew after all of these years listening to them as my main gym playlist that their shows would be like no other.

Wolves In The Throne Room who brought amazing atmospheric black metal to the table were the show openers. Swedish melodic death metal pioneers At The Gates played after incorporating more movement from the crowd when playing classics like “Blinded By Fear”.

When the stage banner was being put up for Behemoth along with their iconic mic stands, I noticed the audience space getting more should-to-shoulder. Stage lights were not even cut yet at this point and the haunting kids choir from “Solve” from their new album came on the PA. The repeating chants “Living God! I shall not the forgive! Jesus Christ! I forgive thee not!” got the crowd ready and reciting back.

The suspense was lingering as the same lines repeated over and over not knowing when the members would come out and start the song. 5 minutes later each member comes out one by one in their dark aura costumes along with black skull masks and hoodies. The audience reacted intensely to the huge chords and relentless blasting.

Next they played “Wolves ov Siberia” and the circle pit was persistent from the sold-out show audience. Another track they played off “I Loved You At Your Darkest” was “Bartzabel” and the frontman Nergal came out to it wearing a huge dark bishop headpiece.

I was blown away how sick it was seeing their stage lights synched up with the heavy chugging of the guitars on the track “Ov Fire and The Void”. But the craziest response from the fans all night was when they played the barbaric “Demigod” classics “Conquer All” and “Slaves Shall Serve”.

On “Conquer All” the audience was roaring along to the lyrics and headbanging the whole time. When I heard the demonic vocal intro to “Slaves Shall Serve” I lost my mind and with adrenaline, forced myself into the mosh pit battle field. I went in the circle a few times sprinting as fast as I could. I was so in the zone that I forgot to breathe at one point. I came out of it about a minute later with a minor scar on my forearm that I didn’t notice until the next day.

Another notable part of the show was when they played the evil dragged-out track “Lucifer”. Nergal came out over the crowd railing and into the audience half way through with blood dripping from his corpse-paint face as he enthusiastically high fived and screamed for fans. He then stepped back on stage just in time to climb up the stairs to the next level to join side-by-side with drummer Inferno and guitarist Seth to finish off the eerie outro.

The last song they played was “Coagvla” and all four members marched towards the edge of the stage in military formation playing tenor drums in unison. When it ended, the lights cut out and the audience shouted throughout the large venue.

The theatrics, stage presence, energy, choreographed parts, and crowd response was the most unique thing I have witnessed at a concert to date. Throughout the show their heaviness and intensity was cathartic and inspiring in a way I’ve never felt before. It was a show I will take with me to my day to day life and remind myself to always strive and conquer all.

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Author: Tom Sundgren

Behemoth launches video for new single, “Wolves ov Siberia”

“It doesn’t get more blasphemous than this,” declares Behemoth mastermind Nergal, about the band’s upcoming album, I Loved You At Your Darkest – due out October 5th via Metal Blade Records (North America) / Nuclear Blast (Europe). While it certainly seems an unlikely title for a black metal band, its origin might surprise fans even more than the words themselves. “It’s a verse from the Bible,” Nergal reveals. “It’s actually a quote from Jesus Christ himself. For Behemoth to use it as the basis of our record, it’s sacrilege to the extreme.”

BEHEMOTH Announces North American Ecclesia Diabolica America 2018

This fall, Polish black/death overlords BEHEMOTH will return to North America to headline the Ecclesia Diabolica America 2018 e.v. tour. featuring special guests At The Gates and Wolves In The Throne Room. The tour will run from October 20th through November 24th.
Behemoth vocalist, guitarist, and main-man Nergal comments, “I hereby announce BEHEMOTH‘s triumphant return to the North American shores this fall. We will be in the noble company of At The Gates and Wolves In The Throne Room, who will be supporting us on our eleventh opus. Even though it’s only been a few moments since we played for you, our American legions, we cannot wait for this tour to start! It’s gonna be the first headlining run supporting new music and we are bringing all the artillery, which means the biggest production thus far! Ecclesia Diabolica America 2018 e.v. arrives soon and we want you to celebrate this sonic pandemonium with us!” See all confirmed dates below.
BEHEMOTH Ecclesia Diabolica America 2018 e.v. Tour w/ At The Gates, Wolves In The Throne Room:
10/20/2018 Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ
10/22/2018 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
10/23/2018 The Aztec Theatre – San Antonio, TX
10/24/2018 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
10/26/2018 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
10/27/2018 Janus Landing – Tampa, FL
10/29/2018 The Underground – Charlotte, NC
10/30/2018 The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA
11/01/2018 House Of Blues – Boston, MA
11/02/2018 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
11/03/2018 Playstation Theater – New York, NY
11/04/2018 M-Telus – Montreal, QC
11/06/2018 The Danforth – Toronto, ON
11/07/2018 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
11/09/2018 House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
11/10/2018 Cabooz – Minneapolis, MN
11/11/2018 The Truman- Kansas City, MO
11/13/2018 The Ogden Theatre  – Denver, CO
11/14/2018 The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
11/16/2018 MacEwan Ballroom – Calgary, AB
11/17/2018 Union Hall – Edmonton, AB
11/20/2018 Showbox Market – Seattle, WA
11/21/2018 Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
11/23/2018 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
11/24/2018 The Wiltern Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
BEHEMOTH recently completed work on their eleventh full-length album, which will see a worldwide release via Metal Blade Records in North America and Nuclear Blast in Europe this fall. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.

LAMB OF GOD Announces Select One-Off Headline Shows Featuring Support from Behemoth

LAMB OF GOD has just announced four select one-off headline shows, set to take place during their upcoming North American tour supporting SlayerBehemoth is confirmed as support on all LAMB OF GOD headline dates, which will take place in Pomona, CA, Sioux Falls, SD, Wallingford, CT and Raleigh, NC.

Tickets for Pomona, Sioux Falls, and Raleigh are going on sale this Friday, March 16 via www.lamb-of-god.com, and Wallingford is on sale now. There, you can also purchase tickets for the Slayer headline tour. LAMB OF GOD Side Stage and VIP Upgrade packages for all dates are available here.

Previously announced dates for Slayer‘s final world tour, North America legs one and two, are below, with special LAMB OF GOD headline dates falling within marked with a double asterisk in bold.

LEG ONE

(In addition to support from LAMB OF GOD, Slayer leg one headline dates will also feature support from Anthrax, Behemoth, and Testament.)

 

MAY

10   Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, CA

11   FivePoint Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA SOLD OUT

**12   Fox Theater, Pomona, CA – LAMB OF GOD headliner + Behemoth ONLY

13   Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA

16   Pacific Coliseum Vancouver, BC

17   South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton, BC

19   Big Four, Calgary, AL   SOLD OUT

20   Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, AB   SOLD OUT

22   Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, MB

**23   The District, Sioux Falls, SD – LAMB OF GOD headliner + Behemoth ONLY

24   The Armory, Minneapolis, MN   SOLD OUT

25   Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL

27   Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill, Detroit, MI  SOLD OUT

29   Budweiser Stage, Toronto, ON   SOLD OUT

30   Place Bell, Montreal, PQ   SOLD OUT

JUNE

1   Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT   SOLD OUT

2   PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ

**3   The Dome at Oakdale, Wallingford, CT – LAMB OF GOD headliner + Behemoth ONLY

4   Santander Arena, Reading, PA   SOLD OUT

6   Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH

7   Blossom Music Center, Cleveland, OH

9   KeyBank Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA

10   Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA

**11 The Ritz, Raleigh, NC – LAMB OF GOD headliner + Behemoth ONLY

12   Veteran’s United Home Loans Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, VA

14   PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC

15   Orlando Amphitheater, Orlando, FL

16   Montebello Rock Fest, Montebello, QC – FESTIVAL DATE/LAMB OF GOD ONLY

17   Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, Houston, TX   SOLD OUT

19   The Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX   SOLD OUT

20   Austin360 Amphitheater, Austin, TX SOLD OUT

LEG TWO

(In addition to support from LAMB OF GOD, Slayer leg two headline dates will also feature support from Anthrax, Testament, and Napalm Death.)

 

JULY

26   Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford, NH

27   Impact Music Festival, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor, ME

29   Northwell Health at Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY

31   The Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton, PA

AUGUST

1   Times Union Center, Albany, NY

3   Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Lake, NY

4   Lakeview Amphitheater, Syracuse, NY

6   Budweiser Gardens, London, ON

7   Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI

9   Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, St. Louis, MO

10   Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA

12   Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN

13   Walmart AMP, Rogers, AR

15   Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, TX

16   The Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City, OK

18   Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, Denver, CO

19   USANA Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City, UT

21   Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater, Boise, ID

23   Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, Portland, OR

26   SAP Center, San Jose, CA

Lamb Of God to Support Slayer on 2017 Summer Tour, Also Featuring Behemoth

Internationally-renowned heavy rock leaders LAMB OF GOD will support headlining metal legends Slayer, along with fellow supporting death metal group Behemoth, on what is set to be this summer’s most-anticipated heavy music tour. The six-week expedition will rage across North America beginning July 12 in Bemidji, MN, winding up in Phoenix, AZ on August 20.
Slayer and LAMB OF GOD will also play Wisconsin’s Rock Fest 2017 (7/13) and Rock USA 2017 (7/15), and then meet up with Behemoth at the Chicago Open Air Festival on July 16.  Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 3; log on to www.slayer.net/tour or www.lamb-of-god.com for all purchasing details.
Kerry King of Slayer says, As metal tours go, this is the one that your fellow metal heads will be bragging about if you miss it! Not very often I get to go on tour where we are all friends to start. That being said, the potential for greatness at these events is mind blowing. I look forward to being a part of it, and hanging with old friends – bands as well as fanatical fans! Let the festivities begin!”
Randy Blythe of LAMB OF GOD says, “It’s been a while since we’ve toured with the almighty Slayer and even longer since we’ve hit the road with our friends in Behemoth – I can’t wait! This tour is gonna be the feel-good event of the summer- the gigs are gonna be like the Haight-Ashbury during the Summer of Love in ’67! Okay, so that’s complete bullsh*t, it’s gonna be absolutely nothing like that, so don’t show up with flowers in your hair looking for free hugs or anything stupid like that. It will definitely be a good f**king time though (as long as your definition of a good time means brutal, caustic, and hideously loud music) – see ya there!”
Adam “Nergal” Darskiof Behemoth adds, It is with the utmost pride we are announcing the Slayer, LAMB OF GOD and Behemoth summer tour! We are beyond excited to be joining this bill with these living legends and… our friends one more time! We are also stoked about coming back to North American shores for the last time before kicking off the next album cycle. Come and join this EXTREME metal feast with us!”
Confirmed tour dates are as follows:
 
JULY
12   Sanford Center, Bemidji, MN
13   Rock Fest 2017, Cadott, WI (Slayer and LAMB OF GOD on this bill)
15   Rock USA 2017, Ford Festival Park, Oshkosh, WI (Slayer and LAMB OF GOD on this bill)
16   Chicago Open Air Festival, Toyota Park, Chicago, IL (Slayer, LAMB OF GOD and Behemoth on this bill)
18   Express Live!, Columbus, OH
20   Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh, NC
21   St. Augustine Amphitheater, St. Augustine, FL
23   Electric Factory Outdoors, Philadelphia, PA
25   Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston, MA
27   Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
28   Pier Six Pavilion, Baltimore, MD
30   Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN
AUGUST
  1   Providence Medical Center Amphitheater, Bonner Springs, KS
  2   1st Bank Center, Denver, CO
  4   The Joint/Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
  5   The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
  9   Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
11   The Cuthbert Amphitheater, Eugene, OR
12   WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA
14   Encana Events Center, Dawson Creek, BC CANADA
15   SMS Equipment Stadium, Fort McMurray, AB CANADA
17   KettleHouse Amphitheater, Missoula, MT
19   Isleta Amphitheater, Albuquerque, NM
20   Comerica Theatre, Phoenix, AZ

Behemoth “Ben Sahar” Music Video Released

The video is a sprawling sensory experience, complete with ambitious production and design that’s become standard fair for the Polish band’s videos. Watch the video now:

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Behemoth have unveiled their fourth music video from »The Satanist« in the form of ‘Ben Sahar’. The video is a sprawling sensory experience, complete with ambitious production and design that’s become standard fair for the Polish band’s videos. Watch the video now:

‘Ben Sahar’ was directed by Sturla Viðar, Dariusz Szermanowicz, Adam ‘Nergal’ Darski, with DOP Ólafur Kiljan, props and costume designs by Sharon Ehman / Toxic Vision, and VFX by Ólafur Kiljan.

BEHEMOTH has also announced their return to North America this spring with a special tour, featuring MYRKUR as support. With plans to play their latest »The Satanist«, in its entirety, this is one BEHEMOTH show not to be missed! A limited number of premium ticketing packages that include a commemorative laminate, meet and greet with the band, 18″ x 24″ poster set (3 posters), 42″ x 42″ wall flag, and general admission ticket are available now at showstubs.com/behemoth. Only 50 fans per show can purchase the package, so reserve yours now!

BEHEMOTH tour dates
w/ MYRKUR
21.04.2016 US Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts
22.04.2016 US New York, NY – Webster Hall
23.04.2016 US Boston, MA – Royale
25.04.2016 CA Montreal, QC – Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
26.04.2016 CA Toronto, ON – The Phoenix Concert Theater
27.04.2016 US Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
29.04.2016 US Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
30.04.2016 US Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
01.05.2016 US Lawrence, KS – The Granada Theater
03.05.2016 US Denver, CO – The Gothic Theatre
04.05.2016 US Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
06.05.2016 US San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
07.05.2016 US Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory

Declared “simply the best BEHEMOTH record ever” (Decibel Magazine), »The Satanist« was released in 2014 to critical acclaim, and a debut at #34 on the Billboard Top 200 charts.

And from the other news, BEHEMOTH will commence touring Europe later this year. The second part of the Europa Blasphemia Tour will kick off on October 20 in Cologne, Germany and will feature MGŁA
and SECRETS OF THE MOON as support acts.

BEHEMOTH
+ MGŁA
+ SECRETS OF THE MOON
20.10.2016 D Köln Essigfabrik
21.10.2016 LU Esch-Alzette Rockhal
22.10.2016 F Rennes L´Etage
23.10.2016 F Toulouse Le Bikini
25.10.2016 PT Lisbon Paradise Garage
26.10.2016 E Madrid La Riviera
27.10.2016 E Barcelona Razzmatazz 1
28.10.2016 F Lyon Transbordeur
29.10.2016 CH Luzern Schüür
30.10.2016 F Strasbourg La Laiterie

Sacramento Drummer Gabe Seeber To Tour The World With Former Immortal Vocalist Abbath

 

Due to the departure of Abbath drummer Kevin Foley, Gabe Seeber of Sacramento based death metal machine The Kennedy Veil has stepped in to fill the reins. Continue reading “Sacramento Drummer Gabe Seeber To Tour The World With Former Immortal Vocalist Abbath”