Genre: Black Metal (early, later), Dark Ambient (mid)
In the late 80ies, when Black Metal in it's earliest incarnation was still wrapped in obscurity, HORNY MALFORMITY was erected, the beginning of what was to become the beast called BEHERIT. The fundament was built: harsh Black/Death Metal, influenced by the likes of BLASPHEMY and SARCÓFAGO, an unique nefarious entity even to the standards of today. HORNY MALFORMITY became PSEUDO CHRIST and PSEUDO CHRIST became BEHERIT in 1990, when a more sinister & darker path was trodden, yet still primitive and vicious. BEHERIT (Syriac for Satan) was conceived...
In that same year, 1990, BEHERIT released 3 demos ("Seventh Blasphemy", "Morbid Rehearsals" and "Demonomancy") and a picture 7" EP ("Dawn of Satan's Millennium"), the latter released by German Turbo Music. These releases & some live shows gathered already a rather large following, aswell as media attention from the local newspapers. One even featured an article on BEHERIT, with a huge photo of Nuclear Holocausto holding a mutilated pig's head above his head on stage, with the linear note: "Also the pig joined the Black Metal party". In 1991 Turbo Music released a split 7" EP with DEATH YELL (Chile) and the infamous "The Oath of Black Blood" LP/CD, which was nothing more but a bootleg, released without permission of the band. It only consists of the "Demonomancy" demo and the "Dawn of Satan's Millennium" EP, but nevertheless it gained them more notoriety among the underground fanatics. Due to this bootleg, BEHERIT wanted to take a new start under the monicker THE LORD DIABOLUS and released a demo. This appeared more to be a statement rather than a new beginning, as a new promo was released in 1992 again under the BEHERIT name. They were back on track and the new material were lugubre omens of a new album. In 1993 the second BEHERIT album, which is actually their debut album, was released on Spinefarm Records. "Drawing Down the Moon" showed a more developped BEHERIT, more advanced musical skills and mixing non-metal influences into the music. Shortly thereafter, Necroplis Records released a new 7" EP, the first one with a drum machine, who marked the beginning of a new era in BEHERIT's existence...
1994 was the year of the release of "HV418ovC.21". This new album was completely non-metal, a mixture of dark ambient and electronic music, no longer what BEHERIT used to be in the musical sense. In 1996 a new electronic album was released, and this was the last one aswell. BEHERIT was terminated, as Nuclear Holocausto had no interest anymore to be active in a metal band. He formed an ambient project, SUURI SHAMAANI, and declared BEHERIT will never be resurrected again...
Many more bootlegs have been released since BEHERIT's demise and they're still present nowadays, as they influenced a whole generation of Black Metal bands. The legacy continues...
- Drawing Down the Moon (1993)
- H418ov21.C (1994)
- Electric Doom Synthesis (1996)
- Engram (2009)
- At the Devil's Studio 1990 (2011)
- Seventh Blasphemy (1990)
- Morbid Rehearsals (1990)
- Demonomancy (1990)
- Xmas Rehearsal (1990)
- Unreleased Studio Tracks (1991)
- Promo 1992 (1992)
- Dawn of Satan's Millennium (1991)
- Messe des Morts (1993)
- Celebrate the Dead (2012)
- Beherit / Death Yell (1991)
- Messe des Morts / Angelcunt (1999)
- The Oath of Black Blood (1991)
- Beast of Beherit: Complete Worxxx (1999)
- H418ov21.C / Electric Doom Synthesis (2007)
Sodomatic Slaughter - Drums (1989-1993, 2007-present)
Nuclear Holocausto Vengeance - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Programming (1989-1996, 2007-present)
Abyss, Twisted Baptizer - Bass (2008-present)
Ancient Corpse Desekrator - Guitars (2008-present)
GoatGoddess of Necrosodomy - Keyboards
Demon Fornication - Bass, Vocals (backing) (1989-1993)
Black Jesus - Bass (1993)
Kimmo "Sir" Luttinen - Drums (1993-?)
Necroperversor - Drums (1993)