JUNE 7th, 2014
BEHEMOTH TRIBUTE


Four guys from Moscow, Krasnodar, Murmansk & Vologda, made a cover of a Behemoth song - made cover for your song (and I dare to say a worthy cover!), called "If I Were Cain" to support Behemoth in this "Russian situation" & to protest against it.

Furious Flame with Milliard and Diesel Heart - If I Were Cain - BEHEMOTH Cover:



The idea behind the video is clear. It's support for the band and the band's fans. This is a form of protest against the cancellation of the tour.

BEHEMOTH’S WORDS: "Russian fans/musicians have paid their tribute to Behemoth by covering "If I Were Cain"… We are eternally grateful for your loyalty and support in this difficult situation! Hail"

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The Polish metal band Behemoth have been fined and ordered to leave Russia after being detained ahead of a concert in the city of Yekaterinburg.

Frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski has told local media that he and seven members of the band's touring party were held in Yekaterinburg for not having the work visas needed to tour in Russia.

According to reports, a judge fined them each 2,000 roubles (£242.32 in total) and ordered them to leave Russia. "It seemed like we actually got a really nice judge. And wise, because this was a humane decision … it felt like she sympathised with us," Darski told the Polish TV channel Polsat News.

"We actually received the minimal fine with a recommendation for how to leave Russia as quickly as possible."

The band were able to play four out of 13 of their scheduled concerts in Russia. "Now we want to get some rest after a sleepless night and return home as quickly as possible," he said.

News of their arrest had triggered claims they may have fallen foul of the Putin administration's controversial crackdown on bands, most famously taking in Russian punk act Pussy Riot.

Reports on the situation began on Wednesday, when Darski posted on Facebook that the band had been jailed in Russia after being arrested by immigration services midway through their tour, apparently for travelling with incorrect paperwork.

"We were detained by immigration services under the pretext of bad visas," he wrote. "When I said I do not move from the club without the presence of someone from the Polish Embassy, they threatened us with force.

"They took us in a bus, in the company of about 10 officers, to the Federal Migration Service. We tried [by phone] to reach to the Polish Consulate in Yekaterinburg – but no one picks up."


The group, who released their 10th album, The Satanist, in January 2014 – described by the Guardian as a "flawless paean to free will and the human spirit" – have been challenged by religious activists at other points during their career. In July 2007, the All-Polish Committee for Defence Against Sects attempted to prevent bands – including Behemoth, who allegedly promoted Satanism and murder – performing in Poland. In 2011, Nergal, who has recently recovered from leukaemia, was cleared of Bible-tearing during a gig. "The battle is won, but the war ain't over," he said at the time.

The recent development follows growing concern in Russia over the treatment of certain music groups, some of whom have been subjected to imprisonment without bail and hard labour by Russian authorities in 2013.