Poland’s extreme blackened death metallers Behemoth are in a constant battle to overcome tour dates boycotts and Christian activists’ protests. Following Adam Darski and company detention and deportation from Yekaterinburg, Russia, back in May for violating the country’s visa regulations, Behemoth is at present in the hands of obstacles in their domicile nation.
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. The concert was then rescheduled to October 6th, since the initial date coincided with the start of the academic year.
Meanwhile, on Friday, their promoter received a letter expressing that such event wouldn’t go ahead due to a certain “concern for the safety of the students and campus workers”. A letter that was officially signed by Jacek Wysocki, the president of Poznan University Of Medical Sciences.
We have no doubt it is a political decision. It’s not the first clampdown on national artists. Poznan, instead of being a free culture centre, begins to resemble Russia.
We aimed to play two concerts in a club, but after a closer inspection we decided the quality of our concert would suffer too much. We can’t afford that at this stage of our career. We sincerely hope our fans will understand.
The band even went on to cite Article 73 of the Constitution of the Republic of Poland which guarantees freedom of artistic creation and scientific research, as well as free access to cultural goods.
In 2011, Behemoth frontman Adam Darski was acquitted on the charges that he had 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”.
Behemoth’s dates in Khabarovsk, Tomsk, Novosibirsk and Krasnodar have been cancelled following a string of protests by Christian activists.
Behemoth is currently touring in support of their tenth studio record, ‘The Satanist’. The set has five more performances planned in their native land, Poland, with a South American trip due the next month. It is rumored that Adam Darski claimed publicly that the success of the band could finally contribute to the ruination of the same, by causing the band to split ways in the near future.