Polish extreme metal titans BEHEMOTH have now undoubtedly proved that they are one of the leading forces in metal today as their highly acclaimed new album, "The Apostasy", debuted at #149 on the Billboard Top 200 chart with first-week sales of around 5,000. This entry also marks Century Media's fifth highest The Billboard 200 debut.
This is a phenomenal feat for a band of this caliber and a further testament to their undying work ethic over the past few years throughout the U.S. The band will return to North America on a massive co-headlining tour this fall; details will follow in the coming weeks.
BEHEMOTH mainman Nergal states: "I just received a phone call from our label telling me that we debuted at #149 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Well, let me say that this is not only a huge day for us, but for extreme metal as a whole. When we were arriving to the U.S. shores 4-5 years ago I would have never guessed that we would end up on the Billboard charts. We've invested so much in this band throughout the years and it's great to see it result in something this massive. However, this amazing accomplishment would not have been possible without the support of our die-hard U.S. fans and the great Century Media staff who helped bring us to this level. I'm seriously thrilled beyond belief and this is just the beginning."
BEHEMOTH has been hailed as this year's Ozzfest breakthrough artist due primarily to their unrelenting energy, savage brutality and uncompromising vision. The group go onstage at 4:15 p.m. every day in the direct support, non-rotating slot right before second stage headliners HATEBREED, so fans can expect a lengthy set backed with their biggest stage production yet.
The group recently shot a new video for the track, "Prometherion", with acclaimed director Soren (ALL THAT REMAINS, UNEARTH). Look for it everywhere early next month.