Considering how long they’ve been around, I’m hoping that you’ve been able to catch a show by the mighty Behemoth at least once or more because if you are a Metal fan and have not yet done so you are cheating yourself out of one of the most brutalizing events that can be witnessed on the stage today. Their music is throttling and their presentation is nothing less than intensity times ten and if you are still among the unschooled in this Metal education, then the recent announcement about the bands return to America with supporting act Myrkur should set your plans in motion. Take a look at the poster, the press release and the tour dates below and then I’ll return.
The Press Release:
Polish death/black metal outfit, BEHEMOTH, has announced their return to North America this Spring with a special tour, featuring support from Myrkur. With plans to play their latest album, The Satanist, in its entirety, the journey – which runs from April 21st through May 7th – is one not to be missed! A limited number of premium ticketing packages which include a commemorative laminate, meet & greet session with the band, an 18″ x 24″ poster set (three posters), 42″ x 42″ wall flag, and general admission ticket are available now at showstubs.com/behemoth. Only fifty fans per show can purchase the package, so reserve yours now! In addition to the concert, fans will also have the chance to view “The Congregation” exhibition at each venue. Dubbed, “a symbiosis of BEHEMOTH and Toxic Vision,” the display showcases the collaboration between the two parties. Over the years, the artist behind Toxic Vision (Sharon Toxic) has worked closely with the band to create their stage outfits, music videos, stage/photo props and more. “The Congregation” is a new experience and built solely for this tour.
BEHEMOTH frontman Nergal elaborates: “We’ve always pushed ourselves very hard trying to reach the highest peaks of artistic creativity. This time around, we are not only coming back to perform The Satanist in its entirety, but are also bringing along a collaboration that’s unheard of! Toxic Vision, who is a renowned and absolutely brilliant artist and designer from Canada whom we’ve worked with on several projects in the past (BEHEMOTH stage gear, video clips, costumes…), will be accompanying us on this trek with a unique exhibition called ‘The Congregation.’ We are beyond excited to see how these synergies coexist! Sharon, it’s an honor to welcome you aboard!”
Adds Toxic Vision CEO Sharon Toxic: “It is a real honor to work alongside BEHEMOTH and have this opportunity to bring a vision to life! We aim to dazzle and inspire, I am inviting everyone to step into the dark world of ‘The Congregation’ – an exclusive showcase of my work with BEHEMOTH. Nothing like this has been done before, and of course, nothing is really as it seems with Toxic Vision. This is a culmination of craft and magic … once you step inside, you might never find your way out.”
4/21/2016: Theatre Of The Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
4/23/2016: Webster Hall – New York, NY
4/24/2016: Royale – Boston, MA
4/25/2016: Virgin Mobi:le Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
4/26/2016: The Phoenix Concert Theater – Toronto, ON
4/27/2016: St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
4/29/2016: Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL
4/30/2016: Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
5/01/2016: The Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
5/03/2016: The Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO
5/04/2016: The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
5/06/2016: The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
5/07/2016: The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
Declared, “simply the best BEHEMOTH record ever,” by Decibel Magazine, The Satanist was released earlier last year to critical acclaim, debuting at #34 on the Billboard Top 200 charts.
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’m proud to share that I’ve been seeing the band Behemoth for the past thirteen years and I can only say that their live presentation gets better and bigger with each go round. Hearing them perform “The Satanist” from top to bottom should be an exhilarating experience for all who choose to brave one of these fifteen shows. Sonically they absolutely crush the Metal minions that offer homage before them and I cannot wait for our own regional show which hits Webster Hall nice and early in the run. The fire should be even hotter and turn the Big Metal Apple into roasted bits. Now their opening act Myrkur is of interest to me as well since it’s a very different approach to the Black Metal genre and I like its uniqueness. What do you readers think of this tour and will you be supporting it if it comes to a venue in your region? Let me know in the comments section below since that is why we have them open. All Hail the return of Behemoth!!!! 2016 is off to a great start in terms of the tour announcements that’s for sure.