Behemoth didn’t put on a concert last night…. they put on a show and it was nothing short of amazing.
I felt like a lost puppy walking into the show last night. I was lost in a sea of people dressed in black with spikes on every article of clothing possible, make up, and colored contacts that really do freak me out. I was a pop punk kid longing for a crowd made up of tiny boys in skinny jeans. I didn’t stand a chance in this crowd or the looming pit. I knew that and I respected that. Thank God I ran into some friends that I hadn’t seen in years. It made me feel more at ease and the way you should feel at a concert… safe and comfortable.
The concert started off kind of slow. Myrkur was the opening act. There’s no denying front-woman, Amalie Bruun’s, immense talent. Her voice is flawless and beautiful but unfortunately, it just wasn’t something I could get into last night. After hearing my friends raving about Behemoth’s live show, I wanted something extreme and something in your face. Myrkur wasn’t either of those things but the Amalie’s talent was more than enough to keep me intrigued.
Her voice was something you couldn’t turn away from. She had to microphones set up in the middle of the stage. One of them had zero distortion on it and the other one had an impressive amount of distortion on it. Regardless of what microphone she was singing in, Amalie’s voice reigned supreme and shined. There were points in their set where I truly forgot that there was a band behind her. All eyes and ears were on her and what she was doing. What a talented lady.
Behemoth was the only other band to play last night and, honestly, I don’t think I would have been able to handle much more.
Behemoth has played in the Twin Cities before but I’ve never been able to catch them. I’m not a huge fan of their music to be honest. It’s too dark and heavy for me, but after last night, I will never miss an opportunity to see them live again.
Their live show is something that has to be seen to truly understand. The amount of energy this Polish black metal band has is something that is impossible to put into words. The crowd was just as intense as the band and, even though it looked violent as all hell, everyone was having a great time seeing this legendary band live.
As I said, their music is dark and their live show definitely matched that. There are underlying Satanic themes to it and the imagery that was showed on the screens on stage was the stuff nightmares are made of. The members of the band wear makeup that gives you chills due to the creepiness factor. There were a few costume changes one of which had the band in these masks with creepy horns coming off the top of their heads. They barely moved while wearing the masks. It gave me chills. It was scary and yes, nightmare inducing, but it was absolutely perfect and everything you would ever want in a Polish death metal band’s show.
The crowd loved every second of the show. There was a guy in the mosh pit that was ripping up a bible (I must admit, that’s a first for me), and every time singer Adam Darski moved towards the crowd to bless the crowd with the “holy smoke” (okay, I’m a Jew and have no clue what it actually is but it’s that stuff that the guys in the robes burn and let the scent shower over the people in the crowd), or to offer out the body of Christ (apparently these guys are marketing their own little crackers… again, I’m a Jew but you know the ones you go up to the front of church to get after sipping on that communal wine where you hope to God you don’t get herpes or something) the crowd would push forward just to get closer to Adam. The crowd was into it and, even though I knew nothing about this band, I found myself completely immersed in their live show.
So I’m definitely not going to start performing any satanic rituals or anything but last night completely opened my eyes to a whole subculture that I had only heard about in passing and seen in pictures. As scary as the crowd and the musicians looked, I felt just as safe last night as I do at any of the generic hardcore shows I go to. I was completely out of place and felt like I had entered an alternate universe but I still felt at home.
That’s the beauty of music and that’s why I do what I do.
Venue: Mill City Nights
Sausage Fest Meter- 32 out of 10
Average Age of the Crowd- 28
Crowd Surfers- 1
Stage Divers- None
Percentage of the Crowd Wearing Behemoth Merch- 84.5%
Broken Bones- None noticed but I’m sure some people woke up hurting this morning
Drunkards Taken Out By Security- None
Celebrity Sightings- Lee of Mithya
Overall Score- 9.8 out of 10
Show on Deck- Into It. Over It./ The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die