Behemoth‘s frontman Adam Darski seems to be a prolific individual aiming always high for the spotlight in recent years, despite the controversy that lingers his musical career as one of the most recognizable musicians from Poland, he does not seems to be willing to restrain his efforts now divided toward different forms of creationism.
Adam Darski recently took the opportunity to announce the reissue of his memoir in English, the ‘Confessions Of A Heretic: The Sacred And Profane, Behemoth And Beyond’, a book which will contain the forewords of Lamb Of God’s frontman, Randy Blythe. The book has been scheduled for publishing on March 19th through United Kingdom publishing editors at Jawbone Press, an editorial publishing that dedicates to pressing mostly books related to musical masterminds, as their latest ‘My Bloody Roots From Sepultura To Soulfly And Beyond’ biography which puts into retrospective the life of Max Cavalera, transcripted into words by best-selling writer and author Joel McIver, who also wrote biographies from Metallica, Slayer and Black Sabbath. Joel McIver also co-wrote the autobiography of sometimes Deep Purple, Black Sabbath alumnus Glenn Hughes, which has been published in 2011, also via Jawbones Press. Besides his work as writer and author of best-selling books, he has also appeared and contributed to numerous worldwide press media publications, namely Rolling Stone Magazine, Classic Rock Magazine, Metal Hammer Magazine and of late, Total Guitar Magazine.
‘Confessions Of A Heretic: The Sacred And Profane, Behemoth And Beyond’ will mainly focus on Adam Darski‘s life as the frontman for Behemoth, approaching his collision with the Catholic Church which led to a very lengthy and controversial legal process that ultimately placed him in court and on the spotlight of the press at a worldwide scale, when in 2011, Adam Darski was acquitted on the charges that he had allegedly insulted the religious sentiment when he called the Catholic Church “the most murderous cult on the planet” during Behemoth’s live performance in Gdynia, back in September 2007, when he also outraged the Christian community by tearing apart a Holy Bible stating that it was the “book of lies“. The book also exposes his struggle against leukemia and the overcoming of this “death sentence“. It also portraits his appearance as judge on the Polish edition of the television talent show called The Voice.
Rebellion is a part of youth. Sometimes it’s dangerous. Instead of a sword, I hold a guitar in my hands. I’m in the same, rigid world but instead of molotov cocktails, I’ve got a computer. It’s a much more powerful weapon.
The foreword have laid under the responsibility of Randy Blythe, the frontman for Lamb Of God, words that have been carefully translated to English by best-selling author and ghostwriter Mark Eglinton. The book was originally written in Polish by Adam Darski himself, with the resourceful collaboration of Krzysztof Azarewicz and Piotr Weltrowski.
Regarding his musical endeavours, he is the brain behind Behemoth’s latest album, ‘The Satanist’ which was released in 2014 by Nuclear Blast Records in Europe, Metal Blade Records in the United States in cooperation with Mystic Production in Poland. It has since then been named by the infamous Metal Hammer Magazine as Album Of The Year, while Adam Darski entered into the TeamRock Radio in December to talk about this record, his early stages in the band and his health challenges. ‘The Satanist’ sold close to ten thousand units in the United States in its first week of release which led to debut at position number 34 on The Billboard 200 chart.
‘The Satanist’ was released on February 3rd in the United Kingdom, February 4th in North America and Poland, February 5th in Japan, and February 7th worldwide.
Behemoth’s predecessor, 2009’s ‘Evangelion’, sold close to nine thousand units and reached the 56 position on The Billboard.
Later in 2014 in October, Behemoth also had their share of controversial boycotts and confrontations against Christian activists, predominantly in Russia and in their home country which saw some of their scheduled live appearances cancelled due to threats and manifestations. The same activists also targeted other acts such as Florida’s death metallers Cannibal Corpse and British gothic black deviants, Cradle Of Filth. Even thus Cradle Of Filth remained silent regarding this matter, Cannibal Corpse on their turn of events could not remain outspoken when Russian court decided it was best to ban their lyricism and cover artworks from the country, clearly imposing a legal censorship status upon their heads besides forcing them to cancel a grand part of the shows they had scheduled to perform in Russia.
Behemoth was set to perform live at in their home country, at the Poznan University Of Medical Sciences after their Poznan’s Eskulap performance was canceled on October 2nd, 2014. The concert was then rescheduled to October 6th, since the initial date coincided with the start of the academic year.
Behemoth also issued a statement followed their incidents in Russia when they were ordered to leave the country after allegedly violating Russia’s visa regulations:
We managed to play four shows out of thirteen shows, and there were so many forces struggling us and trying to stop us on our way to finish the tour that we had to give up, basically, when they put us behind bars and literally forced us to leave the country. We couldn’t hit that wall anymore, so we just gave up and came back to Poland, and we actually got banned for five years to enter Russia. But it was also a very important moment in the album cycle.
Behemoth recently broadcasted a new video single for ‘Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer’, a song taken from their aforementioned highly acclaimed ‘The Satanist’ album. ‘Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer’ is the very first official video recorded by Behemoth while onstage, professionally captured and helmed by their longstanding collaborators at Grupa 13, who previously worked with Swedish Vikings Amon Amarth and Finnish Folk melodic metallers Finntroll.
The video was produced one week prior to their three live performances in the United Kingdom, in Dublin, Birmingham, and Manchester with the backup support from Decapitated, Grand Magus and Winterfylleth.
Both Behemoth and Cannibal Corpse will be co-headlining this winter solstice, kicking off the tour on January 28th in New Orleans, United States at the House Of Blues New Orleans. Opening their pure holocaustic performances will be Sweden’s finest acts Aeon and Tribulation. Aside from their performances throughout the United States, Behemoth will partaking in fifteen live shows beginning on April 15th in Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Czech Republic.
We are already eagerly awaiting our second coming to European shores in spring 2015! We are teaming up for this run with some of the most exciting extreme metal acts — Swiss Bölzer and Polish Thaw — a must-see jewels that you can not miss out! A two-week trek will cover territories we haven’t explored with the first leg of the tour. Expect the best! We’ve never been in a better shape and we’re gonna prove that once again!
To reckon is that Behemoth have released a limited edition, hand-numbered 12-inch EP entitled ‘Xiadz’ in November, 2014. The EP was then released in three vinyl colors. ‘Xiadz’ is strictly limited to 500 vinyl copies worldwide which only recently was made available in the digital format. Black vinyl, blackened gold splatter, and gold vinyl gatefold, 180-grams editions containing the previously unreleased songs entitled ‘Xiadz’ and ‘Towards The Dying Sun We March’, besides as the re-recorded version of ‘Moonspell Rites’.
As aforementioned the digital version of ‘Xiadz’ has been released on a limited digipack format, retitled to ‘Xiadz / Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel’, which features the song ‘Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel’. The digipack edition is limited to two thousand units.
After receiving numerous emails from fans asking the band to release both of their latest EPs on CD, the band has answered. We have talked about this for a long time – whether do this or not. Finally, we’ve decided to make it happen. BUT still in a strict limit to keep this stuff exclusive.
The ‘Confessions Of A Heretic: The Sacred And Profane, Behemoth And Beyond’ book is already available for pre-order through Behemoth’s online store and Amazon, and all copies are signed by Adam Darski.