"BEHEMOTH: Devil's Conquistadors" by Lukasz 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 photos of the band, flyers,
lyric sheets, etc. Pre-orders are available now at metalblade.com/behemoth, and include a bundle with an
exclusive shirt available ONLY with this pre-order. The passages below serve as
previews of the book.
From the foreword by Krzysztof
"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."
discusses the acquisition of his first electric guitar:
communion was a very important moment for me. I know this sounds ridiculous, but
it's true. Of course, not as a religion experience - I didn't understand
anything and couldn't care less. Same as all the other kids. We all stood there
with our votive candles and waited for one thing. Cash. The first communion must
be one moment when you get the most money you're ever going to get as a child.
And for this money, I bought myself my first electric guitar. Not a bike, no
Legos - a guitar."