I was graciously given the opportunity to cover this weeks #tbt post, and given the fact that a VIP experience with Behemoth for both myself and Dan is going to round this week off, there is only one direction I was going to take this in. At this point, if you haven’t figured out that Behemoth is my favorite band by a distance (in part thanks to The Satanist), you have not been following us closely enough. Friday will be the sixth time I’ve seen these guys live, but for this Throwback, I’d like to revisit a performance they gave back in 2012.
The Decibel Magazine Tour 2012 made it’s way to Worcester, MA on May 11th. After work, I made a solo excursion to The Palladium (you know, that venue I shit on constantly) to see Behemoth headline this tour. To be completely up front, the primary reason I went to this show, which also featured the likes of Watain and The Devil’s Blood, was to break the bar-hopping norm that defines my Portsmouth weekends. I was familiar with Behemoth live. I knew they kicked ass. It seemed like a good idea. But what transpired that night completely redefined my level of appreciation for the Polish blackened-death metallers.
It was the first North American tour for the group after Nergal’s successful battle with leukemia. And, holy shit, did he bring it. The setlist covered everything—from the band’s ’90s albums up through the most recent release at the time, Evangelion. While tracks like “Slaves Shall Serve” and “The Seed Ov I” were unbelievable live, the highlight for me had to be the trip back in time we all took when they broke out “Moonspell Rites.” Now, I am one of the people that has the And The Forest Dreams Eternally EP on my CD shelf, but seeing the best track from that record played live completely changed the game. I would like to take this chance to share some of that footage. So, without further delay, here is “Moonspell Rites” as performed back in 2012:
Enjoy. This band can do no wrong in my book.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”