According to Notes From Poland, Adam “Nergal” Darski, leader of the controversial theatrical Death Metal band Behemoth has been convicted for offending religious feelings by a court in Warsaw. The charges stemmed from an image the Polish musician posted on social media showing a foot standing on a picture of the Virgin Mary during a music video fro Nergal’s side band, Me And That Man in 2020. Darski was ordered to pay a fine of 15,000 złoty (approximately $4,000) and court costs of almost 3,500 zloty (approximately $942). However, since Darski has contested the judgement, the case will now go to trial.
According to a new report from Loudwire, Behemoth frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski is facing charges of blasphemy yet again in his home country of Poland. The charge stems from a 2019 image Nergal posted to Facebook, where he’s stepping on artwork of the Virgin Mary on the set of a Me and That Man video shoot. In 2010, Nergal was made to stand trial on blasphemy charges for tearing up a Bible onstage. Nergal won the case, but he also was targeted by the Polish government for a controversial T-shirt design, which resembled the Polish national emblem.
It feels rather redundant to preface this year’s celebration of the music that got us through what was annus horribilis maximus unprecedentius with much of a narrative of 2020 because we were all affected. We all lived through it. Some of us in un-splendid isolation. Some of us irreversibly overhauling the way we live, work, and support our dependents. Some of us welcomed changes we had to make while mourning the root cause behind them and that each and every person on this planet we call home was affected, impacted, and touched in a negative way by the events of a global pandemic and high-profile political situations.Continue reading
Three legends of metal will unite in 2021 as Behemoth, Arch Enemy and Carcass will tour together. The tour, dubbed “The European Siege” will take place in Europe in the fall of 2021. Direct support will come from Unto Others, formerly know as Idle Hands. Tickets for all European shows will go on sale this Wednesday at 10am CET, with European shows following on Friday at 9am GMT.
Behemoth is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 2000 album Thelema 6 (Avant-Garde Music), released on November 27th 2000, with a new deluxe vinyl reissue, and special merch drop. Thelema 6 was one of the band’s earlier albums focused more on Black Metal with a hint of the Death Metal style they would favor later on. Order the vinyl now at the link below and watch a video from Nergal discussing the album’s history.
Extreme Metal legends Behemoth have announced ‘In Absentia Dei’, a groundbreaking immersive livestream spectacular which will broadcast on 5th September 2020 from a secret church location in Poland. The event will be streamed in high definition 4K, with an immersive experience option, allowing viewers to choose from 8 different camera angles in the multi-camera shoot or watch the ‘Director’s Cut’. Tickets for this theatrical extravaganza are available now at https://www.Behemoth.live. Special guests at the event will be mysterious black metal avant gardeists, Imperial Triumphant, whose set will come from The Slipper Room in New York City. Parts of the performance may offend, so the footage is only recommended for fans 18+. Watch a trailer now!
Polish extreme metallers Behemoth are teasing new music and visuals, perhaps for a livestream or home video release across their socials. The band offered fans a new mailing list sign up, which offers fans an early look at the teaser that now went to their social networks. Previously their socials were dark for a short period of time, which is the new standard warning before a big reveal (see also Mastodon, Deftones). The band released a new EP, A Forest, digitally worldwide (with additional physical copies available for purchase) via Metal Blade earlier this year. It was their first new music (aside from a live album tour edition) since their acclaimed release, I Loved You At Your Darkest in 2018.
Bloodstock Open Air, rebooked for 2021, has announced a new headliner! The great Heavy Metal legends Mercyful Fate, featuring King Diamond, will headline the Ronnie James Dio stage on Saturday, along with Dimmu Borgir as special guests. Watch a new trailer now!
After a four year absence (a handful of single releases aside), Pennsylvania-based Black Crown Initiate return with their third full-length release, Violent Portraits of Doomed Escape (Century Media). From black metal to progressive rock via blasts of technical death metal, BCI effortlessly combine a whole range of differing styles resulting in their most captivating and assured record to date.
Previously announced and much anticipated, Slipknot’s Knotfest at Sea metal cruise has now been totally canceled, after being initially only delayed until August 2021. The band made an announcement to social media that the cruise would now be canceled due to logistical issues. All currently booked guests will receive a full refund. While there are no immediate plans for Knotfest at Sea to take place as of now, the band hopes to revisit the idea” in the future”. To follow their future plans, they encourage fans to stay connected via their mailing list below. The debut edition Knotfest at Sea cruise was to set sail August 10-14 from Barcelona, Spain to Naples, Italy and included over 40 different shows & intimate onboard experiences across 5 stages. All shows & food are included. Flexible payment options are available. They finally announced their debut lineup and it’s a banger! Along with two headline sets by Slipknot, multiple performances were expected from Anthrax, Behemoth, DevilDriver, Sevendust, Skindred, Ho99o9, Higher Power, Sleep Token, and more to be announced! Book your cabin at the link below now!