Behemoth have been through a lot, as individuals and as a band. The band has been banned from playing at venues in their own country, have been arrested, kicked out of Russia, and are always under constant fire. It’s understandable, as the content of the band’s music will never sit well with more people. Apparently, people don’t like it very much when you’re so heavily influenced by occultist ideas. Not only do they go through all of that, but frontman Nergal even beat leukemia back in 2011, and came back in 2014 with the band to release The Satanist, which ended up being one of the best albums of the year.
Now, the band’s experiences are going to be logged, as Metal Blade is going to be releasing a Biography for the band. The book, titled Devil’s Conquistadors, will be over 490 pages from Łukasz Dunaj that will give an insight into the history that brought one of the most satanic bands ever conceived into existence.
Metal Blade gives a description of the book on their website:
“Behemoth: Devil's Conquistadors by Łukasz Dunaj serves as the definitive Behemoth biography. This book, officially blessed, or rather damned, by Behemoth, serves as an in depth look at the history of the events that materially influenced the band. As Dunaj points out in the intro, this isn't ‘Poland's response to Motley Crue's biography The Dirt.’ Simply put Behemoth: Devil's Conquistadors is the story of Behemoth, their music, and their rise to the upper echelon of metal and becoming a household name in their native homeland, Poland.”
“Behemoth: Devil's Conquistadors is a 490 page, hardcover tome that is being released by Metal Blade Records in February 2015. The book includes quotes and anecdotes from current and former members that provide context and details in addition to the author's narrative, plus interviews with Tomas Krajewski, Rob Darken, Graal, Havok, and more. The artistically presented pages are splattered with old scans of photos of the band, flyers, lyric sheets, etc. The passages below serve as previews to the book.”
The passages it’s referring to are the snippets of the book that the site features, including the forward by 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. 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.”
The book looks very impressive, and at the very least, it will give a very interesting look into the minds of one of the biggest Black Metal acts in recent history.
The book will be available on February 24th, and you can preorder it here