By Ian Chainey
Behemoth at Irving Plaza in 2014 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Polish blackened death metal thelemites Behemoth , who were just in NYC as part of the Metal Alliance tour, are reportedly detained in Russia, according to singer Nergal in a dispatch the hit the band's Facebook page this morning. The original note is in Polish, so here's the rough translation:
We've been stopped by the [Russian] immigration services for 'wrong visas.' When I said that we will not move an inch from the club without someone from the Polish embassy, they threatened to force us out. They took us in a bus, accompanied by 10 officers, to the building of Federal Migration Service. We tried to reach the Polish embassy in Jekaterinburg but no one is answering the phone.So, that's terrifying. Russia may not exactly be the best place for a band that has previously courted Satanic controversy. Behemoth have flirted with the performance banhammer in their native country due to their Bible-destroying antics. Hopefully the "bad visas" bit is only about bad visas.
If possible -- please copy this message and pass it everywhere you can. We may expect a multi-hour hearing.
The concert is off for sure. The only thing we want is to get back to the hotel safely and then -- to Poland. No matter how hard we try -- we cannot pass it all.
Obviously, more to come when the bigger picture gets clearer. Stream a track from the band's latest, the subtly titled The Satanist below.