The group was created in 1991 in the city of Gdansk, Poland, on the initiative of the 14-year-old Adam “Holocausto” Darsky and the 15-year-old Adam “Sodomizer” Murashko playing the drums. The musicians themselves met in 1987 when, while still children, motivated by music from bands such as Kat, VST, Kiss, Metallica, Poison and Perfect, became friends and dreamed of creating a group. The first attempt took place in the basements near the elementary school, where, thanks to local groups, they got drums for Murashko; Darsky received his guitar as a gift from his father at age 8. The first drum kit was bought a few years later.
Until 1992, a group existed under the name Baphomet. The first release, entitled “Endless Damnation”, was recorded in the spring in the basement of Gdansk Gymnasium No. 12, featuring guitarist and bassist Adam “Desecrator” Malinowski. Soon after, the group auditioned for themselves at the Municipal House of Culture, and then in their room in the coastal area of Gdansk. Behemoth as a duo Nergal (formerly Holocausto) and Baal (formerly Sodomizer) in the same year made the following demo – “The Return of the Northern Moon”.
Rob Darken (Graveland band) made keyboard parts. The demo was recorded at Warrior Studio in Gdynia. Album “The Return of the Northern Moon” was released in early 1993 by the Polish label Pagan Records, and two years later, Last Epitaph released it on vinyl with a circulation of 500 copies. In the same year, the band was joined by bass player Baeon von Orcus and guitarist Frost.
In December 1993, the third demo “… From The Pagan Vastlands” was recorded. The demo was released in 1995 by Pagan Records, a year later on CD in the USA (with the Wild Rags label) and Europe (with the Nazgul’s Eyrie label). The release of the third demo led to the signing of a contract with the Italian record company Enthropy Records.
In 1994, at the invitation of Mastiphal, Nergal played drums on the Nocturnal Landscape album. However, in July 1994, a Behemoth band worked in the studio on EP material tentatively titled “Moonspell Rites.” The album eventually became “And the Forests Dream Eternally” and was released that same year by Enthropy Records.
As the duo Nergal and Baal, the first album “Sventevith” (Storming Near the Baltic) was released in December 1994, together with Cezarego keyboardist “Cezara” Augustynowicza, founder of Christ Agony. “Seventevith” was released a year later by a CD on Enthropy Records. The album was primarily inspired by pagan beliefs, the cover of the album was the work of David Tierre (Dark Arts). The album was well received by fans and critics, as a result of which a contract was signed with the German label Solistitium Records for two more full albums.
“Grom” was released in Poland in 1996. The album cover is embellished by David Tierre (Dark Arts). The album was recorded in the border between thrash and black metal, there is also female vocals. There are two songs in Polish on the album: “Grom” and “Lasy Pomorza”.
In the same year, the leader of the group Nergal began his studies at the University of Gdansk at the Faculty of Philology and History. However, this did not stop the release of another album, entitled “Pandemonic Incantations”. The album cover and layout were made in collaboration with Marquisem, and a new logo was also created for the group. There was a song on the album entitled “Chwala Mordercom Wojciecha”, the text of which is a reaction to the celebration of the millennium of Gdansk.
As a result of the split, Mefisto left the band and in 1998 the drummer Inferno (Azarath band) became a member of the band.
On October 25, 1999, the album “Satanica” was released, recorded at Starcraft Stimulations (SS) on 60 tracks. Shortly after the release of the album, the group played it several times, including on a tour of France, Spain and England, together with groups such as Deicide (USA), Rotting Christ (Greece), Ancient Rites (Belgium) and Satyricon (Norway).
In 2000, the band released a live recording on the VHS “Live Eschaton: The Act of Rebellion”, recorded at a concert in Krakow in late July. And already in August in Lublin, in collaboration with the poet and translator Krzysztof Azarevich, a new album “Thelema.6” was released. A concert tour was performed where Behemoth performed with bands such as Morbid Angel, The Crown, Dying Fetus.
In the summer of 2001, Nergal sang and played the bass for The Wolverines under the pseudonym Nick Wolverine. There he met the photographer Krzysztof Sadowski. In the same year, as a percussionist, he joined the Behemoth team at festivals: Wacken Open Air (with groups such as Annihilator, Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquillity, Helloween, Kamelot, Lacuna Coil), Metalfest in Poznan (with Napalm Death), Mystic Festival (with Mayhem and Children of Bodom bands); in November of the same year, they participated in the Polish Thrash’em festival with the bands Vader, Lux Occulta, Skeptic, Hate and the Brazilian band Krisiun.
In 2002, the band released the EP “Antichristian Phenomenon”. On this mini-album were songs “Carnage” from the Mayhem repertoire and “Day Of Suffering” by Morbid Angel. In the same year, Metal Mind Productions released the DVD (instead of VHS) “Live Eschaton: The Act of Rebellion”.
This summer, at Hendrix Studio in Lublin, after recording 700 hours of material, the group made the album “Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond)”. When recording this album, seven-string electric guitars were first used. The song “As Above So Below” used a riff from the beginning of the song “Cursed Angel of Doom” with the demo “Endless Damnation”. A clip for the song “As Above So Below” was shot for £ 4000.
In support of “Zos Kia Cultus”, a tour was launched with the groups Deicide, Amon Amarth and Revenge. Behemoth, at the invitation of singer Glenn Danzig, also played at the US Black Festival, performing together with Opeth, Nile and Superjoint Ritual. On September 14 of the same year, the band released the EP “Conjuration”, containing, among other things, covers by Nine Inch Nails (song “Wish”) and Venom (song “Welcome to Hell”).
In 2004, the band released the well-received critics and fans’ album “Demigod”. In the same year, Inferno recorded two albums with Witchmaster, and soon left the band, focusing on activities in the Behemoth band.
In 2004, shortly before the release of the album “Demigod”, the guitarist Havoc left the band, devoting himself to the band Blindead. Vrublevsky thus became a full member of the team.
On October 25th, Regain Records is touring Europe, the United States and South America. The album includes: “Before The Aeons Came”, inspired by the drama “Atlanta in Calydon”; “Slaves Shall Serve” – the name comes from the book “The Book of the Law” by Alistair Crowley; “The Reign Ov Shemsu-Hor” – “From the Ashes of the Angels. The Forbidden Legacy of a Fallen Race” by British writer Andrew Collins.
To help the Demigod album, two music videos for the songs Conquer All and Slaves Shall Serve were shot, a censored version of which was shown on the American music channel MTV. In 2005, an EP was released under the same name “Slaves Shall Serve”.
On August 6, 2004, the group released its first DVD publication, entitled “Crush.Fukk.Create: Requiem for Generation Armageddon”, containing recordings from concerts at the Mystic 2001 festival and the festival in Germany. The case culminated in a series of concerts around the world, including in the USA, Europe, Australia, Israel and Greece, where the group performed with groups such as Supreme Lord, Ragnarok, King Diamond, Nile and so on.
On June 6, 2006, a limited edition of 10,000 pieces was released under the title Demonica, including early demo tracks and unreleased songs. On December 11 of the same year, the group was based in the RG Studio recording studio in Gdansk, and videos of the album were posted every few weeks on the YouTube website of the group’s official page.
The result of the work of the musicians was released in 2007 by the efforts of the album Regain Records – the album “The Apostasy” (the name of the album does not refer to the term “Apostasy”). The jazz pianist Leszek Mozdzer and vocalist Warrel Dan (band Nevermore) worked on the song “Inner Sanctum”. For the production of the album, a wind section (trumpet, horn, trombone) and a choir also worked. Photos for the album were made by Krzysztof “Sado” Sadkovsky during a photo session in Malbork.
A video was shot for the song “Prometherion”. The theme of this song was inspired by the drama Prometheus Unbound by Percy Bysshe Shelley. The album became the most popular in the history of the group.
“The Apostasy” was played at concerts in the United States as part of the Ozzfest festival, featuring artists such as Lamb of God, Hatebreed, Ozzy Osbourne, DevilDriver, Nile, Static-X and Lordi. On August 15, just before the concert, as part of the festival, group leader Nergal set off to give guitar lessons, introducing early and new recordings, including “Summoning of the Ancient Ones”, “Conquer All” and “Demigod”.
On January 11, 2008, the band announced signing a contract with the record label Nuclear Blast (release for Europe) and Metal Blade Records (which released albums for the USA by bands such as Dimmu Borgir, Manowar, or Hypocrisy). In the same year, the group announced the start of work on a new studio album and DVD.
On January 28 and 29, the video for the song “At The Left Hand Ov God” from the album “The Apostasy” was filmed. In April of that year, Behemoth visited twenty-four cities in the United States and Canada with concerts with bands Dimmu Borgir and Keep Of Kalessin to promote the album, which sold 70,000 copies worldwide.
In June 2008, Mystic re-released the album “The Apostasy” with an additional DVD containing, among other things, a video of the recording process of the album. In September of the same year, a video for the song “At The Left Hand Ov God” was nominated at the Polish category festival for best directing, best editing and received a grand prize for the best clip. In October 2008, the band released their first live album, “At The Arena ov Aion – Live Apostasy”. The EP “EΣXHATON” was released on November 11th.
Evangelion was released on August 7, 2009 by Nuclear Blast Records in Europe, Mystic Production in Poland, on August 11, 2009 through Metal Blade Records in the USA. The album was also released as a digipack with an accompanying DVD containing backstage video and photo materials. As an aid to the album, a video was shot for the song “Ov Fire And The Void”. The video premiered on August 6, 2009. The day after the premiere, the video was deleted from Youtube. The censored version was published that day. The original version of the video was posted on the official Metal Blade Records label and on the Onet.pl portal. The album debuted at number 56 on the Billboard 200. In the United States, 8,500 copies of the album went on sale in the week of release.
The tenth studio album Behemoth was released in 2014. The new album is called The Satanist. The Satanist in Europe came out on Nuclear Blast, in North America on Metal Blade. The disc was recorded at the Hertz studio in Bialystok with the help of the Weslavsky brothers and Daniel Bergstrand.
On May 21, 2014, during a concert in Yekaterinburg, the group was detained by police on suspicion of violating the visa regime. The next day, the court ruled on the deportation of the group from Russia. The reason was that the members of the group had a business visa issued, while trips with cultural goals meant a humanitarian visa.
In his work, Behemoth makes extensive use of the symbols of anti-Christianity, occultism and mythology of the Middle East. At concerts, as part of the set design, the team used a tripod, made as a Telemit hexagram. According to Alistair Crowley, a hexagram is a symbol of the macrocosm (six ends correspond to Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus, the Sun and the Moon), it will also appear on stage clothes for the release of the album “The Apostasy”. Pazuzu, the demon of Sumerian mythology, also appears on this disc in a song of the same name. The cover belongs to the Hindu goddess of time and death Kali, the sculpture was created for the publication of images in Thomas “Grail” by Danilovich, drawing on the ideas of Nergal’a. For some time, the group used the image of Baphomet (depicted on the cover of Zos Kia Cultus).