Behemoth is a Polish extreme metal band from Gdańsk, formed in 1991. They are considered to have played an important role in establishing the Polish extreme metal underground.
Until the late 1990s, the band played a traditional black metal style with heathen lyrical content, but soon changed to that of occult and thelemic themes written by their lead vocalist Nergal and Krzysztof Azarewicz. With the 1999 release of Satanica, the band demonstrated their presence in the death metal scene, while retaining their own signature style characterized by the drum work of Inferno and multi-layered vocals. Despite Behemoth having been labeled as death metal or thrash metal-influenced, Nergal has mentioned that he does not like the band to be labeled.
In July 2007, the All-Polish Committee for Defense Against Sects distributed to many Polish officials a list of bands that allegedly promote Satanism and murder. Critics of this policy primarily see this as a violation of free speech. The list has not gone into effect, and Behemoth were allowed to play in Poland freely. In October 2014 this changed when Behemoth was banned from performing in Poznań.
Nergal has repeatedly been on trial in Poland for tearing up the bible in a 2007 incident.
In May 2014, Russia expelled Behemoth for 4 – 5 years because of visa issues.
1994 – 1998 (2018) – Metal Mind years (4CD)
—-1994 – And The Forests Dream Eternally (EP)
—-1995 – Sventevith
—-1996 – Grom
—-1998 – Pandemonic Incantations
1999 (2007) – Satanica
2000 (2007) – Thelema.6
2002 (2007) – Zos Kia Cultus (Here And Beyond)
2004 (2018) – Demigod
2007 (2018) – The Apostasy
2009 – Evangelion
2014 – The Satanist (Germany Edition)
2014 – The Satanist (Japan Edition )
2018 – I Loved You At Your Darkest (Japan Edition )
2018 – I Loved You At Your Darkest (Limited Edition)