Published Jan 28, 2015While Polish black metal band Behemoth have been involved in Bible-tearing incidents in the past, fans of the controversy-stirring group will likely treat an upcoming band biography as gospel.
Titled Behemoth: Devil's Conquistadors, writer Łukasz Dunaj's officially sanctioned overview of Nergal and co.'s career will be delivered February 24 through Metal Blade. A press release notes that the 490-page tome presents, among other things, Behemoth's "ultimate rise to the upper echelon of metal" and how they became a household name in Poland.
The book compiles quotes and anecdotes from past and present members of the band, detailing anything from frontman Nergal getting his first guitar to info on the group's steady rise in the ranks of the metal world. No word yet on whether Devil's Conquistadors also weighs in on Nergal's barber shop in Warsaw.
Other artists interviewed by Dunaj include Graveland's Rob Darken, Graal, Havok and more. A foreword was written by poet/writer/Behemoth collaborator Krzysztof Azarewicz.
"If, as a cultural anthropologist, I were to point to a single cosmic force which Behemoth's music expresses, I would name it not Satan but Dionysus," Azarewicz wrote. "A deity that represents not only the intoxicating influence of cosmic energies and earthly benefits, but also their benevolent healing properties. A deity of strength and pride. A deity of creative might."
You can pre-order the book here, where you can get a special bundle that includes an exclusive T-shirt.
Behemoth are currently on tour with Cannibal Corpse, supporting last year's The Satanist LP and its follow-up EP Xiadz. The bands hit Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg together in February.