Behemoth | Bottom Lounge | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Fri., April 13, 7 p.m. 2012
Price: $25
In the Adult Swim cartoon Metalocalypse, the biggest band in the world is Dethklok, a death-metal combo whose holdings constitute the world's seventh-largest economy and whose disregard for human life is equaled only by the badassitude of their helicopter headquarters. In the real world, the closest thing we have to Dethklok is Poland's Behemoth—they're one of the biggest bands in their homeland, even though they play a blend of black and death metal that most mainstream Western cultures are nowhere close to getting down with. (I've learned that wearing a Behemoth T-shirt is a surefire way to make friends in Chicago's Polish neighborhoods.) For a while things were looking pretty grim for front man Adam "Nergal" Darski: he was dragged into court in 2010 by a Polish religious group for tearing apart a Bible onstage in 2007 (offending religious sensibilities can be considered a crime in Poland), and shortly thereafter he was diagnosed with leukemia. (After his diagnosis he released a public statement haughtily dismissing the suggestion that he might walk back his loud rejection of God and Christianity when faced with the possibility of death.) Since then he's recovered and briefly joined the Polish version of The Voice as a judge—and Behemoth has released a scorching live CD-and-DVD set, Evangelia Heretika (Relapse). —Miles Raymer The Devil's Blood, In Solitude, and Wolvhammer open.

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