Behemoth © Melanie Smith

Behemoth live 6 © Melanie Smith Behemoth
Manchester Arena
16th January 2020

These Polish black metallers have been busy supporting the almighty kings of extreme metal Slipknot on their ‘We Are Not Your Kind’ tour. Melanie Smith went along to photograph the opening night of the UK tour in Manchester and here we feature a live photo review of Behemoth.

Behemoth have been on the death metal scene since 1991, with eleven albums under their belt, extensive tours supporting the likes of Slayer, Napalm Death, and in the process gaining a substantial following in the UK.

Photographing this show was akin to being in Satans temple, full of atmospheric drama which includes smoke and fire, satanic imagery, occultist lyrics, deafening doom-laden music and it was just about my perfect kind of live shoot. I half expected them to pluck a human sacrifice from the baying crowd who so obviously loved them. A little heart racing being in the pit with Nergal’s dark eyes holding court, but I’m still here to tell the tale.

Behemoth live © Melanie Smith Behemoth live 2 © Melanie Smith Behemoth 1 © Melanie Smith Behemoth live 5 © Melanie Smith Setlist:

Solve @Tape
Wolves ov Siberia
Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer
Rom 5:8
Conquer All
Ov Fire and the Void
Chant for Eschaton 2000
Coagvla @Tape

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Photos by Melanie Smith. More work by Mel on Louder Than War can be found at her author’s archive. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Photography portfolio can be found here

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Editor: live reviews / books and head of photography. I can't imagine my life without music, photography or books, all connect and have played a big part in my life. I have experienced many musical genres, northern soul in 1975, early punk movement, drifting into the electronic era, a trip around the rock scene, a taste of indie and a smattering of pop. I possess an eclectic taste in music and a lust for life; new experiences are what drives this machine. I still have that punk DIY spirit and used this to create my own website Mudkiss Fanzine in 2008 - 2013. Official photographer for Louder Than Words - annual music literary festival and a house photographer for Academy Music Group. Available for commissioned work, please contact me


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