The Christian bible describes a behemoth as any huge or powerful animal or thing. It is very safe to say…Well, maybe “safe” isn’t the way to put it… It is very “reverent” to describe the band, Behemoth, as a huge, powerful beast. More powerful than we have seen in a long time. Yet I’m sure that this Behemoth will not be mentioned in any Christian tomes, nor spoken from any Christians’ mouths any time soon.
As one of the acts featured on the Mayhem Festival Tour, alongside bands such as Slayer, Marilyn Manson, and Job For a Cowboy, Behemoth has opened the eyes, mouths and ears of many crowds. Their stage performance is stunningly accurate. Their music is as potent as pure LSD. Mainman Nergal is ferocious in his guitar attack, and even fiercer with his throat. Orion’s bass thunders with pure demoncy. Inferno is crushing, yet technical on the drums. Even (touring guitarist) Seth has perfect fretwork. As an added treat, they look creepier than Linda Blair at the height of her exorcism as she growls, “I can smell your cunt.” No, you will not find this type of blackened death metal as true to form, nor will you soon find a band that is as talented, as you will find with Behemoth.
Workhorses on the road, Behemoth were at an off-date in Omaha, Nebraska featuring other Mayhem acts God Forbid, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Cannibal Corpse. I caught up with Nergal to talk to him about the new album, Evangelion, and the response from the crowds on the Mayhem tour.
I want to thank my wife, Danya, for taking pictures, and John Eddy for his assistance.