It looks like Slayer, Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Testament, and Behemoth will be touring together this summer. So far, a June 4 date at the Santander Arena in Reading, PA has been confirmed via Live Nation.
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According to wyborcza.pl, Behemoth’s Adam “Nergal” Darski, designer Rafal Wechterowicz, and another individual have formally been charged with disrespecting the national coat of arms of Poland. The charges stem from a design on the band’s “Republic Of The Unfaithful” merchandise. The three pleaded not guilty and will soon be heading to court. If convicted they could face a fine and deprivation of liberty. Nergal commented:
“Well… this is the first thing that hit’s me after coming back from a relaxing and sunny holiday trip. Me and 2 other dudes r accused of profaning Polish emblem. What a bummer! PIS-driven Poland is trying its best to nail my ass down… as an example I guess. But first thing is: it is NOT a Polish emblem. Second… let’s leave those arguments for the court case which is to begin shortly…! Is their limits to their obscurity and blindness? Bring it on!🤜”
Back in September, Behemoth’s Nergal commented on Decapitated’s kidnapping and rape accusations and told fans not to judge them until they knew for sure if they were guilty. Now, with all the charges being dropped without prejudice, he has issued a new statement saying he “hope(s) they get their justice.” You can read his full thoughts in the below Instagram post:
4 months ago, Decapitated were accused of kidnap and gang rape – subsequently they were put in a County prison and later into a local jail…and the shit hit the fan! I recall the similar case of my friends from Satyricon/Keep of Kalessin who spent 2 months in a Canadian prison because someone accused them of rape. It took 2 months of legal bureaucracy and the help of the Norwegian government to get them out. The accuser finally recanted the allegations, claiming it was a mistake. They never received compensation for financial losses or emotional trauma, just a brief apology and a document to prove their innocence (which they must always carry around with them). Somehow, from the very beginning my intuition told me my friends from Decapitated would be just fine. Now, I’m not claiming to be a prophet but I'm an optimist and a good judge of character, I know these guys and I know they couldn’t/wouldn’t hurt a fly. They are now released and have had charges dropped (without prejudice). It’s obviously a big relief to their families and friends, including myself. So…what’s next for their career after such severe defamation? What about their good name? What about their families? I hope they get their justice and strike back soon!!! And Justice For All? Well…not quite. But getting innocent people back home…HELL YES! Last thing, friends – stay rational and reasonable and think carefully before you speak… and caste a stone at innocent people. Welcome home brothers.
Behemoth are planning to release their new live album/DVD in spring 2018. The effort was previously delayed due to “technical reasons.”
Behemoth have posted some rehearsal footage of them preparing for their upcoming “Merry Christless” shows. Those will take place at Progresja in Warsaw, Poland on December 14-15 and they will see the band rejoined by former members Adam “Baal Ravenlock” Muraszko, Leszek “Les” Dziegielewski, Adam “Desecrator” Malinowski, and Mateusz “Havoc” Śmierzchalski.
„Cursed Angel Of Doom”, the FIRST ever Behemoth song we have written after… 25 years! Believe it or not but these two guys: Baal and Desecrator didn’t see each other since the last time we played it in 1992…! Lotsa fun during first production rehearsal but it was a touching moment plus lotsa hard work and effort we ALL put into these two Merry Christless shows to make it absolutely UNIQUE and memorable! It feels good to reunite with that horde again!🤜🤘
Behemoth previously announced that ex-drummer Adam “Baal Ravenlock” Muraszko and ex-guitarist/bassist Leszek “Les” Dziegielewski would rejoin them onstage at their “Merry Christless” shows at Progresja in Warsaw, Poland on December 14-15. Now, Nergal has also confirmed that the band’s original lineup, featuring him along with Adam “Desecrator” Malinowski and Muraszko, will reunite for a performance of “Cursed Angel Of Doom,” which was their first ever song. Nergal shared the following about that on Instagram:
I honestly don't remember anymore who was the first one I had asked to join Behemoth, Desecrator or Baal. In fact I had worked with Baal from the very first years of my musical adventure and he was part of most of pre-Behemoth incarnations named Hypnos Death and Centaur and more. But then I GUESS Malinowski aka Desecrator was the trigger point here. We met for the first time in the… kindergarden and became buddies ever since. We met years later. He was the ONLY guy in the neighbourhood wearing long hair (mine was growing but I was still looking like some emo shithead) and Morbid Angel shirt. I asked him if he wants to be in my band but the problem was he didn't know how to handle ANY instrument. I suggested it's not a problem coz you can always play bass or be a vocalist coz of your presence. And to be entirely honest here, I was NO shredder either. What did matter to be was the passion we shared. But he was one hell of ambitious dude and decided to buy guitar and LEARN how to play this bitch. In the very first weeks of the existence of the band I brought the first song ever written: "Cursed Angel Of Doom". Strongly inspired by my all time heroes Blasphemy it kinda lit the torch of what kind of music we were all worshipped. Black and Death Metal with no fuckin' compromises. And we were planning to bring it even further… sadly he left the band before we started working on the second demo. Anyways, we've stayed friends thruout the years. He moved out to US and graduated Harvard University and is a science worker now… yet still a metalhead supporting Behemoth in every way possible. When I mentioned him about this Merry Christless reunion show he was ALL ABOUT joining the party! This very first Behemoth line up has NEVER played live. And during these two sold out shows on 14th and 15th we will be performing "Cursed Angel of Doom" in this ancient trio! I'm immenesely thrilled about the possibility of sharing the stage with these gentlemen and bringing some history back! @behemothofficial @behemothwebstore
During Behemoth‘s “Merry Christless” shows at Progresja in Warsaw, Poland on December 14-15, the band’s ex-drummer Adam “Baal Ravenlock” Muraszko and ex-guitarist/bassist Leszek “Les” Dziegielewski will rejoin them onstage. The group made the following Instagram post regarding that: