I did a facebook post that said "Behemoth for Barge to Hell!!" and then added a comment...
"Extreme metal? The dictionary defintion should have Behemoth's picture - 'nuff said." to which Captain Metal said he thought there were plenty of bands more deserving of the textbook definition. To me, it's not really a contest per se, but having seen Behemoth four times now, as well as lots of other bands (including all on my sig list except for Napalm Death and Taake), I'd say Behemoth is way up there (as well as out there
Still wonder if Nergal would want to be on a germy cruise ship (no matter how clean they try to keep them, I've always heard that cruise ships are total germ pools) with tons of fans considering his recent life threatening illness. Don't know enough about the state of one's immune system after such an ordeal. All I know, is that he looked in tip-top form on Friday night. I seem to remember reading that he had gotten very thin and weak during the illness - but on Friday he looked heathy and muscular and all that. (hehe - at least what I could observe considering the big costume, face & body paint.
). One thing I did notice though (because I was right in front), was that he didn't sing certain parts of certain songs (for example the really fast parts of Conquer All (first heard at around 57 seconds on the recording) - his voice kept "playing," but he stepped away from the mic during that part. It wasn't really a detraction for me, just something I noticed. What a great show - wish I could go to other legs of the tour - especially since Watain wasn't at the Chi-town gig.
I seriously feel that there are very few bands that hold a candle to these guys in the "all-around extreme" category - and in particular Nergal - who when I see how "normal" he is in many interviews (especially when he talks about his education, thoughts about religion, travels and such), it is really amazing to me how he channels demons - or at least a demon-like spirit.
At the very least, he's an amazing actor.
Behemoth: Left Hand ov God http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzz0YVEgT5U
Behemoth: Conquer All http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38j-i8jH7xk
Behemoth: Lucifer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUeqQ1THmXs&feature=fvst
Behemoth: Of Fire and Void http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdXc-GxKrDE&ob=av2n
Behemoth: Decade of Therion http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjCwmq1PxwQ
Behemoth: Slaves Shall Serve http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oey85FGHOHc
Behemoth: Alas, Lord is Upon Me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8mMyu0ZfnM