Behemoth is a blackened death metal band from Poland. On October 5th, 2018, they released their eleventh studio album titled, I Loved You at Your Darkest. Behemoth was recently a part of Slayer‘s final tour and are now setting out on their own headlining tour. Behemoth announced the Ecclesia Diabolica 2018 Tour with support from Swedish melodic death metal lords At the Gates and American black metal band Wolves in the Throne Room. The final stop on the tour would the Wiltern in Los Angeles. This show was extra special in that it sold out ahead of time so it was bound to be an unforgettable night.
The stage was covered by a black curtain as the stage was prepared for the arrival of Behemoth. The lights went out as the sold out Wiltern erupted into a roar as the intro track to the new album Solve started the voices of the children’s choir filled the venue as the members of Behemoth made their way to the stage. The band started the playing the first track from the new album Wolves ov Siberia which is also the second single from the album and also has a music video. Behemoth came out wearing skull masks to add to their arsenal of stage props. Furious riffs and hard-hitting drums filled the venue and how glorious it was to feel Behemoth‘s music pounding through each and every body in attendance. The second song performed was Diamonos and the third song was Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer from their previous masterpiece album, The Satanist. For the next song, frontman Nergal came out wearing a pope hat designed for him specifically while they played the new album’s latest single, Bartzabel. The song Ov Fire and the Void was next and featured fog cannons that would shoot out fog in the form of upside down crosses. Behemoth went back to the new album and played the album’s first single, God = Dog. Behemoth next went back to their most popular album from 2004 Demigod to perform their most popular track, Conquer All. Fans raised their horns in their to the intro and fans happily moshed to this intense song. Behemoth kept up the brutality as they more evil tracks such as Ecclesia Diabolica Catholica, Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel, and Slaves Shall Serve. To end the show, Behemoth played their usual closer of Chant for Eschaton 2000. The members would come up close to the audience and spit out blood which the fans gratefully accepted. Behemoth finished up their set and left the stage. The fans weren’t ready to go home yet and kept shouting, “Behemoth! Behemoth! Behemoth!”. It wasn’t long before Behemoth made their way back to the stage for some encores. The first encore was Lucifer, a slower track compared to the rest of the setlist, but still fit beautifully. To end the set, Behemoth played the final track from the new album, We Are the Next 1000 Years. Behemoth left the stage once again as the new album’s instrumental finale outro track Coagvla played over the speakers. As the drum section was coming in, all four members of Behemoth came out once again carrying marching band drums and played along to the outro track which was a sight to behold and made for the perfect ending to a truly spectacular and satanic show.